Publications

Gesell's Guide for Parents and Teachers

Newly revised and updated to reflect current research and practice, this concise guide explains the importance of a child's overall development in relation to the learning process, the important relationship between home and school, and how this relationship leads to a successful school experience.  Also included is an overview on how to determine a quality early childhood program and developmentally appropriate Kindergarten classroom, as well as the role of assessment in understanding the child.

Pretend Play and Brain Growth

Released in 2014, this Gesell booklet discusses the undeniable importance of pretend play in the growth and development of young children.  After exploring the definitions and theories of play, it examines the relevant brain research, and explains the long-term academic benefits of pretend play and executive functioning skills.  Intended for parents and educators, it includes ideas for promoting pretend/socio-dramatic play at home and in the classroom.

Ready or Not

Revised and updated in 2013 to reflect current research and practice, this expanded 24-page guide helps parents understand their developing child in consideration of his or her readiness for traditional academic work.  Included is a description of the developmentally appropriate kindergarten classroom, and a brief checklist of readiness signs.