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
Now Available in Paperback! In Einstein Never Used Flashcards highly credentialed child psychologists, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., with Diane Eyer, Ph.D., offer a compelling indictment of the growing trend toward accelerated learning. It's a message that stressed-out parents are craving to hear: Letting tots learn through play is not only okay-it's better than drilling academics!Drawing on overwhelming scientific evidence from their own studies and the collective research results of child development experts, and addressing the key areas of development-math, reading, verbal communication, science, self-awareness, and social skills-the authors explain the process of learning from a child's point of view. They then offer parents 40 age-appropriate games for creative play. These simple, fun - yet powerful exercises work as well or better than expensive high-tech gadgetsto teach a child what his ever-active, playful mind is craving to learn.

Publisher: [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale ; New York : Distributed to the book trade by St. Martin's Press, c2003
ISBN: 1594860688
Branch Call Number: 305.231 H669e 2003
Characteristics: xvii, 302 p. ;,24 cm


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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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