Wired to Move: Addresses Boys' Preschool Learning Disparities

Sep 30, 2013, 11:02 ET from Starting Point

CLEVELAND, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Wired to Move: Facts and Strategies for Nurturing Boys in an Early Childhood Setting, a new book offering strategies for transforming early childhood classrooms into more boy friendly environments, will be released on October 1 by Gryphon House, a leading publisher of early childhood resources. 

Wired to Move is rooted in the groundbreaking work of the Boys' Project of Cleveland-based Starting Point for Child Care and Early Education, created to comprehensively address the growing disparity between boys' and girls' learning in the preschool years. Authored by Ruth Hanford Morhard, the book is listed as one of Amazon's Hot New Releases in Early Childhood.

Wired to Move uncovers strong evidence that too many boys are failing in today's preschool settings, answers "why" based on brain research, shows "how" many classrooms are geared more to the ways girls learn and outlines simple changes to improve boys' learning, alleviate disruptive behaviors and more. It is chock full of information to help early childhood teachers better understand, support and work with young boys.

Research shows, on average, boys are one to one-and-a-half years behind girls in reading and writing skills. In schools 80 percent of discipline problems and 80 percent of children on Ritalin are boys. Boys are four–and-a-half times more likely to be expelled from preschool than girls, African-American boys are twice as likely to be expelled as European-American boys.

Wired to Move offers easy and effective ways to help young boys perform at their best and create a foundation for later learning. Real-classroom examples from centers participating in the Boys' Project show these strategies in practice. Special sections address the unique needs of at-risk African-American and Hispanic/Latino boys, ways to encourage family engagement and what media is appropriate for young boys. The book is packed with added resources—book lists, websites, parent handouts, support and mentoring organizations.

Ruth Hanford Morhard is a Cleveland-based writer and institutional consultant.

Starting Point, a non-profit agency, is Northeast Ohio's child care, early education and out-of-school-time resource and referral agency, serving families, early childhood and youth in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties.

Gryphon House is an award-winning publisher of resource books for parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight.


SOURCE Starting Point