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Book Title: The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally|
The author of the book: David Elkind
Edition: Da Capo Press
Date of issue: December 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9780738211381
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 576 KB
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Reader ratings: 5.7
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This is a hard book to rate. I really liked the concepts and message behind the book but the writing style was sometimes too slow and boring for me. I happened to find this book on the shelf at the library while looking for something else and picked it up because its a topic of interest to me.
There were great take away notes for me to keep in my mind as I raise my son. Like not interrupting his free play with my ideas of how I think he *should* be playing. And ultimately, it reinforced my ideas that play based learning is the way to go with preschool aged children. I even took snap shots of some of my favorite quotes!
I found the last chapters of the book where he writes about what parents can do to help foster a love a learning in their children and specific education methods to be the most interesting and practical. I also liked that in these chapters he included research to back up his claims.
I was disappointed in the lack of research he provided to support his position. I know that it wasn't for lack of it- there is plenty of research to be found on the importance of play in learning. So I wonder if it was to avoid overwhelming the reader, who would most likely be a parent without a child development background. Which I can excuse and perhaps I need to look for other books directed more at professionals.
Overall, I would recommend this book to the parent of a young child who is feeling overwhelmed by the pressure that children should be excelling academically before they've entered kindergarten. In the mainstream media and culture, the idea that young children and toddlers are "sponges" and should be filled with as much knowledge as possible runs rampant. Parents buy videos and toys purported to help their child learn another language or even to read and it makes me sad. True learning and thinking comes from exploration, observation, imitation, and experimentation not memorization.
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Read information about the authorDavid Elkind is an American child psychologist and author. His groundbreaking books Miseducation informed early childhood education professionals of the possible dangers of "pushing down" the elementary curriculum into the very early years of a child's life. By doing so, he argued, teachers and parents alike could lapse into developmentally inappropriate instructional and learning practices that may distort the smooth development of learning. He is associated with the belief of decline of social markers.
He also wrote Ties that Stress: The New Family Imbalance (1994), All Grown Up and No Place To Go (1988), and Reinventing Childhood (1988). His most recent article titled, "Can We Play?", is featured in Greater Good magazine (published by the Greater Good Science Center), and discusses how play is essential to positive human development but children are playing less than in previous eras.
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