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The Power of Play

How Spontaneous, Imaginative Activities Lead to Happier, Healthier Children
Elkind, David (Book - 2007 )
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In modern childhood, free, unstructured play time is being replaced more and more by academics, lessons, competitive sports, and passive, electronic entertainment. While parents may worry that their children will be at a disadvantage if they are not engaged in constant, explicit learning or using the latest "educational" games, David Elkind's The Power of Play reassures us that unscheduled imaginative play goes far in preparing children for academic and social success. Through expert analysis of the research and powerful situational examples, Elkind shows that, indeed, creative spontaneous activity best sets the stage for academic learning in the first place: Children learn mutual respect and cooperation through role-playing and the negotiation of rules, which in turn prepare them for successful classroom learning; in simply playing with rocks, for example, a child could discover properties of counting and shapes that are the underpinnings of math; even a toddler's babbling is a necessary precursor to the acquisition of language. An important contribution to the literature about how children learn, The Power of Play suggests ways to restore play's respected place in children's lives, at home, at school, and in the larger community. In defense of unstructured "down time," it encourages parents to trust their instincts and resist the promise of the wide and dubious array of educational products on the market geared to youngsters.
Authors: Elkind, David, 1931-
Title: The power of play
how spontaneous, imaginative activities lead to happier, healthier children
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Lifelong, c2007
Characteristics: xii, 240 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: David Elkind
Contents: Play, love, and work : an essential trio
Toys aren't us
Screen play and iconic literacy
Child play and parent angst
Misunderstandings about how young children learn
Playing for a reason: building the units of math, reading, and science
It isn't only a game: the role of play in becoming social
Lighthearted parenting
Schooling with heart, mind, and body
Epilogue: gifts for a lifetime
ISBN: 0738210536
9780738210537
Branch Call Number: 155.418 E43p 2007
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Play Psychological aspects
Topical Term: Play
LCCN: 2006035592
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Elkind describes how imaginative play is important for social, cognitive, and emotional development and offers tips on how to foster creative play in young children's lives.

While you may worry that your children will be at a disadvantage if they are not engaged in constant, explicit learning or using the latest "educational" games, The Power of Play reassures us that unscheduled imaginative play goes far in preparing children for academic and social success.


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