Was at bookstore with my daughter tonight for our bi-weekly “date” night. I rarely look at the educations books anymore because they just make me mad. All about making your child smarter/better/more successful. The title of this one REALLY caught my eye,
Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn–and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less .
From the Publisher:
In this book two highly credentialed child psychologists 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.
I am seeing a growing movement of “professionals” and “experts” who are crying out about the over-scheduling and over-teaching of our children. I read a good portion of the book while there- and might place it on my recommended reading for homeschoolers and unschoolers. The book preaches to choir for unschoolers- but it speaks to the mainstream and may help parents take a closer look at learning and how/why we learn vs. being teached.
I am curious if any one else has read- and what they think. If you are familiar with the book- please share with us- just post in the comments section.