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Playful Learning: Develop Your Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    Inspiring and helpful

    A unique resource, this book offers lots of creative ideas for playful learning. Thoughts on creating spaces for learning in your home, ideas for mini-lessons on many topics, and more.
    A useful and fun to read help for anyone wanting to spend time with their children in educational pursuits.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011


    This book is a must have for parents and educators. It is rich in content that makes an excellent resource for years to come. It is extremely well researched and conclusions are practical approaches to pedagogy for children. It is a welcome addition to my library.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

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    Lovely Photos, Lacking Content

    I recently read Mariah Bruehl's new book, Playful Learning. The book contains some lovely photographs, and the concept of playful learning in itself, while not a new one, is worth speaking of. Play is an important part of learning, not only for children but also for adults. When we persue education and learning by choice and persuant to our individual interests, we are much more perceptive to learning.

    However, after reading the book, I was left wondering with what purpose it was written. The author mentions that following a child's interest is optimal and then goes on about how to insert one's own agenda into their child's interests. She hits briefly on multiple topics without fully developing any of them, skipping from organization, to various educational subjects, to playing a poor psychologist.

    It also in unclear to what audience she is writing. Bruehl, a former teacher, is clearly enamored with the idea of institutionalized schooling. However, this book would have the most appeal to those families who take a school-at-home approach to homeschooling their preschool and kindergarten age children, in contrast to play based early childhood education. There are some redeeming suggested activities and brief suggested book lists, but all of them have been covered in other, more informative books.

    Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Trumpeter Publishers.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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