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Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn--and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less [Paperback]

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff , Kathy Hirsh-Pasek , Diane Eyer
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Aug. 12 2004
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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 gadgets to teach a child what his ever-active, playful mind is craving to learn.

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Authors and child psychologists Hirsh-Pasek, Golinkoff and Eyer join together to prove that training preschoolers with flash cards and attempting to hurry intellectual development doesn't pay off. In fact, the authors claim, kids who are pressured early on to join the academic rat race don't fair any better than children who are allowed to take their time. Alarmed by the current trend toward creating baby Einsteins, Hirsh-Pasek and Golinkoff urge parents to step back and practice the "Three R's: Reflect, Resist, and Recenter." Instead of pushing preschoolers into academically oriented programs that focus on early achievement, they suggest that children learn best through simple playtime, which enhances problem solving skills, attention span, social development and creativity. "Play is to early childhood as gas is to a car," say Hirsh-Pasek and Golinkoff, explaining that reciting and memorizing will produce "trained seals" rather than creative thinkers. Creativity and independent thinking, they argue, are true 21st-century skills; IQ and other test scores provide a narrow view of intelligence. The authors walk parents through much of the recent research on the way children learn, debunking such myths as the Mozart effect, and pointing out that much learning unravels naturally, programmed through centuries of evolution. Although the research-laden text is sometimes dense, parents will find a valuable message if they stick with the program, ultimately relieving themselves and their offspring of stress and creating a more balanced life.
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"Explodes over-hyped education myths and tells you why relaxing and reclaiming your child's childhood is the best way to nuture his growing mind." --Parenting magazine

"A valuable message..." -- Publishers Weekly

Explodes over-hyped education myths and tells you why relaxing and reclaiming your child's childhood is the best way to nuture his growing mind. (Parenting magazine)

A valuable message... (Publishers Weekly)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Parents Should Stop and Read This One Oct. 17 2003
Parents have so much information to sift through it is hard not to second guess yourself. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching and I still find that I get confused when making choices for my 3 year old son. You often wonder, will this decision change his life forever. The authors of this book offer a lot of information that you can use when making choices for your family and your children. We are all hurrying along in life so much that we are missing the simplest things and not enjoying parenting. Our kids are stressed out from their full schedules and do not have adequate time to play. I already shared many of the same philosophies presented in the book but it is comforting to have some research to back up my gut instincts. After all raising a child is a precious gift.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Feb. 28 2004
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The authors do a great job of passing on useful information in a readable way. They provide practical advice (short two and 3 pargraph "learning moments) to help a parent give their children oportunities to grow. They also help explain what levels of understanding children go through in a way that was extremely sensible (it seems obvious once you read it but I have not seen it so well, and simply, explained elsewhere). The authors are PhDs and reference studies for every claim but again in a way that is easy to read - not at all a dry academic book. While I am in no way an expert I recommend this book to all my friends with babies and young children (the focus somewhere around 8 months to 3 years but with info on somewhat older children also.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book is fantastic. I have been waiting for a book to challenge what I have always sort of suspected. Shoving knowledge into our children's brains cannot be good for them. I was so wary to do this with my own children, and I was so scared that my kids would fall behind. Now, not only do I know that they won't, but I know creative and exciting ways to inspire them to actually want to learn. This book does so much more than just tell you the latest studies that warn against flashcards and other products; it offers solution for how we can make kids engaged in learning. Any book that makes parents and children alike excited about the prospect of creative play makes me jump for joy. GO OUT AND GET THIS BOOK!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Practical, Scientific and Readable Book June 28 2004
Not only does this book give you practical advice and experiments to see your child's development but it backs it up with scientific results. This book will show you how much of the child's development will happen naturally through play and by observing, nuturing and participating in your child's play is the best education for her.
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