Einstein Never Used Flash Cards

Einstein Never Used Flash Cards

How Our Children Really Learn--and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less

Paperback - 2004
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Argues that current parenting trends that emphasize early learning through memorization and repetition are actually harmful for children, stifling their creativity and preventing them from learning basic problem solving skills and focuses on the importance of letting children play and have fun and understanding the learning experiences offered through creative, unstructured, independent play.
Publisher: [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale, 2004
Edition: Pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781594860683
1594860688
Branch Call Number: 305.231 Hirsh Pasek
Characteristics: xvii, 302 pages ; 23 cm

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MarindaMisra
Dec 26, 2013

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!

andreas1111 Jul 22, 2013

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

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dprodrig
Jul 06, 2011

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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