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1-2-3 Magic by Thomas W. Phelan
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Jun 03, 2010

really liked it

One of my student teachers this semester picked this up for her classroom management, and the following week a friend was telling me what wonders it had worked on her 5 yo. I thought the universe had thrust the book in my face enough ties for me to read it, so I did.

The only reason it didn't get a 5 is b/c I think the counting part leaves out a crucial connection: why kids act out. My goal for Owen (and my students) is to understand how their feelings effect their behavior and to teach them to monitor that themselves. I want Owen to know that if he's tired, he needs to try extra hard to control his behavior, and if something's on his mind that he might be crabby if he doesn't talk about it.

Mostly, though, this book is gold and I think every parent and teacher would gain something from it.

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