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Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How Our Children Really Learn--and why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less

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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!

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

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Overview

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 gadgets to teach a child what his ever-active, playful mind is craving to learn.

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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.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594860683
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 129,679
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy Hirsh Pasek, Ph.D., is a professor in the psychology department at Temple University, where she directs the Infant Language Laboratory and participated in one of the nation's largest studies of the effects of childcare. She also composes and performs children's music. She currently lives in Ardmore, PA.

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., directs the Infant Language Project at the University of Delaware, where she holds a joint appointment with the departments of linguistics and psychology. Together, she and Dr. Hirsch-Pasek were featured on the PBS Human Language series and are the authors of How Babies Talk. She currently resides in Wilmington, Delaware

Diane Eyer, Ph.D., is a member of the psychology department at Temple University and is the author of Motherguilt and Mother-Infant Bonding. She resides in Bucks County, PA.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1 The Plight of the Modern Parent 1
Chapter 2 Brainchild: How Babies Are Wired to Learn 16
Chapter 3 Playing the Numbers: How Children Learn about Quantity 38
Chapter 4 Language: The Power of Babble 60
Chapter 5 Literacy: Reading between the Lines 97
Chapter 6 Welcome to Lake Wobegon: The Quest to Define Intelligence 126
Chapter 7 Who Am I? Developing a Sense of Self 152
Chapter 8 Getting to Know You: How Children Develop Social Intelligence 181
Chapter 9 Play: The Crucible of Learning 205
Chapter 10 The New Formula for Exceptional Parenting 244
Notes 269
Index 287
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    Great book to help understand what really helps children grow and learn

    Actual studies and details about what children like, learn best with, etc. It also helps understand that parents don't have to buy every toy or developmental activity out there in an effort to make their child the next genius. Play is how they learn, how they figure out their world and how parents can most help their children. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Very useful for any parent.

    This book is a great and enlightening read for any parent who wants to know more about how their child learns- and how the value of proper play can affect it. Highly recommend. Especially if you're the "flashcard" type of parent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

    Read this book!!

    Attention Parents!! Read this book. Stop overscheduling your children and allow them to PLAY! This book was really informative and an overall easy read. I have recommended this book to many parents and they have told me it's a great book they've read regarding their children, especially pre-school aged. There is so much pressure nowadays for parents to make sure their children are already reading, writing, and speaking 3 languages by the time they are three years old! When you don't allow kids to play and explore on their own natural curiosity, the end result is kids being academically burned out by the time they're barely 10 years old!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2006

    A Must Read

    This book is a must read for todays parents, who feel pressure to give their children every advantage academically before they even enter pre-school. After reading this book, you will be able to say no to all the videos, DVD's, flash cards, etc, that are created to make your children smarter. You will understand the studies that started this trend, and most importantly you will understand how they have been exagerated and configured by retailers to create this million dollar business.

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