The Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need from Grownups

The Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need from Grownups

by Erika Christakis


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143129981
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 171,431
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Erika Christakis is an early childhood educator and school consultant. She was a faculty member at the Yale Child Study Center and is a Massachusetts-certified teacher (pre-K through second grade) and licensed preschool director. An honors graduate of Harvard College, she has advanced degrees from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Lesley University’s Graduate School of Education. She has written about children for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe,, and the New York Daily News. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Chapter 1 Little Learners: The Classroom Called Childhood 1

Chapter 2 Goldilocks Goes to Daycare: Finding the Right Zone for Learning 32

Chapter 3 Natural Born Artists: The Creative Powers of Childhood 58

Chapter 4 The Search for Intelligent Life: Un-standard Learning 87

Chapter 5 Just Kidding: The Fragmented Generation 111

Chapter 6 Played Out: Habitat Loss and the Extinction of Play 138

Chapter 7 Stuffed: Navigating the Material World 167

Chapter 8 The Secret Lives of Children: Fear, Fantasy, and the Emotional Appetite 195

Chapter 9 Use Your Words: Hearing the Language of Childhood 224

Chapter 10 Well Connected: The Roles Grownups Play 256

Chapter 11 Hiding in Plain Sight: Early Learning and the American Dream 285

Acknowledgments 301

Notes 305

Bibliography 339

Index 365

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