A layman's guide to cognitive development of the child. The stages of the brain's development are discussed physiologically, and the psychology of learning is explained with examples of home and classroom situations. Healy, an educational psychologist, provides a good look at the three R's, as well as at research on ""brain-building."" The early reading pushed by so many modern parents is here pooh-poohed. There are interesting chapters that deal with IQ testing and factual research on the by-now-famed right side of the brain. Healy suggests providing the most stimulating and comfortable learning environment for students in K through 12, and she's against the current trend of programming children through these stages. Well-written, informed handbook for every parent, and especially for parents of gifted children. A valuable bibliography is included, and Healy spices her presentation with clear diagrams that simplify her points.