Einstein Never Used Flash Cards

How Our Children Really Learn--and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less
Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy (Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Einstein Never Used Flash Cards

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Play Is Back Reassuring to parents and educators, Einstein Never Used Flash Cards shows why-- and how-- to step away from the cult of achievement and toward a more nurturing home life full of imaginative play and love of learning. Here's the message that stressed-out parents are craving to hear: It's okay to play! In fact, it's more than just okay-- it's better than drilling academics. After decades of research, scientists and child development experts have come to a clear conclusion: Play is the best way for our children to learn. Children who are prematurely pushed into regimented academic instruction display less creativity and enthusiasm for learning than their peers Children who memorize isolated facts early in life show no better long-term retention than their peers. Children who learn through play also develop social and emotional skills, which are critical for long-term success. Somewhere along the line, we've gotten off track by stressing academic products and programs to our preschoolers. Thankfully, Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Roberta Michnick Golinkoff have a simple remedy for our children that is based on overwhelming scientific evidence from their own studies and the collective research results of child development experts. Einstein Never Used Flash Cards goes beyond debunking the myths spread by the accelerated-learning industry. Parents and educators will find a practical guide to introducing complex concepts through smart, simple, and loving play. For every key area of a child's development (speech, reading, math, social skills, self-awareness, and intelligence), you'll understand how a child's mind actually learns. Then you'll discover exercises (40 in all) that will showcase emerging skills and leave your child smiling today-- and prepared for tomorrow.
Authors: Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy
Title: Einstein never used flash cards
how our children really learn--and why they need to play more and memorize less
Publisher: [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale ; New York : Distributed to the book trade by St. Martin's Press, c2003
Characteristics: xvii, 302 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff with Diane Eyer
Additional Contributors: Golinkoff, Roberta M.
Eyer, Diane E. 1944-
ISBN: 9781579546953
Branch Call Number: 305.231 H669e 2003
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-286) and index
Subject Headings: Child development Play Early childhood education Parent participation
Topical Term: Child development
Early childhood education
LCCN: 2003013618
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These two experts in early childhood research present the overwhelming scientific evidence that play is the best way for children to learn. Parents and educators will appreciate this practical guide to introducing complex concepts through smart, simple, and loving play.

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Dec 26, 2013
  • MarindaMisra rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Everyone who is involved in a young child's life needs to read this book. It changed my perspective and priorities on how I should be raising and interacting with my children. I learned so much about how children actually learn and go from an infant to a little person ready to enter school. It really is very remarkable!

Jul 22, 2013
  • andreas1111 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Overall this was a useful book on an important topic. The biggest message is the importance of play for kids rather than instruction. Hopefully this will help counteract the societal trends that everything has to be scheduled to the max for our kids and that we must drill knowledge into pre-schoolers rather than relying on their natural curiosity.

I only gave the book 3 stars because i found it overly lengthy and not the most exciting read. Tighter editing could have produced a book 30% shorter and an easier read, without losing content

Jul 06, 2011
  • dprodrig rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book addresses childhood learning from birth to about age 6. I wish it had focused on the older years. It was well written, with a heavy emphasis on delineating the studies to support their points of view and offered excellent suggestions on how to maximize your child's learning in a natural manner (for those who like some tips). I've never understood the need for flash cards or IQ tests to determine or support intelligence at these ages, so this book was also an interesting peek into the behaviours that some parents engage in to give their children the best possible advantages in life.


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