Book Review: The Smart Playbook
Written by Suzanne M. Wind
Age Level: Educational Activity Book for Kids
Book Description: Written in a relatable style and chock full of games, this engaging activity book will lead you and your child in a collaborative effort to bring manners to a new generation. Five SMART topics to help your child succeed in life! Social Skill Basics, Mealtime Manners, Art of Conversation, Restaurant Behavior, Technology Talk. Your child will gain confidence, character, integrity and empathy in face-to-face situations and technology usage. BONUS! How-to guides!
“This book was written by a mother of three-to offer families with a simple game plan to teach relevant life skills in a modern world.”
I agree with the quote above and think the idea for this book is brilliant. Often times as a parent, I’ve asked myself, “Am I teaching all I need to teach my child???” There is SO MUCH to teach from table manners, to being a polite guest and more. I thought that someone should create a nice checklist for us parents to make sure we are doing our best.
Thank you Suzanne Wild. She not only created a check list of sorts but she has created activities to reinforce teaching your children these skills. The SMART in Smart Playbook stands for the following: S-Social Skills (etiquette) M-Mealtime Manners, A-Art of Conversation, R-Restaurant Behavior and T-Technology Talk and there is a BONUS section on Family Time.
This book answers a lot of good questions for kids like what are finger foods and how to know whether or not to use utensils and different manners when using electronic devices. It talks about good sportsmanship and about being a good hostess of a playdate (yes—for the children!)
The SMART Playbook was the first book released and the new release is called Lil’ Champs for younger children.
The book is really a workbook and is set up to be interactive between the parent and the child. Once an activity is complete, the children fill out tickets/rewards to move forward. Clever thinking! The format is a bit busy for me, but this is actually a good thing because there is a lot of information.
I would recommend this workbook for families to check out. I didn’t read anywhere on how to use it with multiple children in the house as far as the tickets go, but I am sure there’s a way to make it work to go through it with different ages in your family at the same time.
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This book is perfect be read both at home and at school.