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A Mandate For Playful Learning In Preschool

Author : Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
ISBN : 9780195382716
Genre : Medical
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We are robbing young children of play time to give them a head start on academic skills like reading and mathematics. Yet scientific evidence suggests that eliminating play is taking preschool education in the wrong direction. This text provides a counterargument to the rising tide of didactic instruction on preschool classrooms.

Play Learning

Author : Roberta Michnick Golinkoff
ISBN : 0199733821
Genre : Psychology
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Why is it that the best and brightest of our children are arriving at college too burned out to profit from the smorgasbord of intellectual delights that they are offered? Why is it that some preschools and kindergartens have a majority of children struggling to master cognitive tasks that are inappropriate for their age? Why is playtime often considered to be time unproductively spent? In Play=Learning, top experts in child development and learning contend that the answers to these questions stem from a single source: in the rush to create a generation of Einsteins, our culture has forgotten about the importance of play for children's development. Presenting a powerful argument about the pervasive and long-term effects of play, Singer, Golinkoff, and Hirsh-Pasek urge researchers and practitioners to reconsider the ways play facilitates development across domains. Over forty years of developmental research indicates that play has enormous benefits to offer children, not the least of which is physical activity in this era of obesity and hypertension. Play provides children with the opportunity to maximize their attention spans, learn to get along with peers, cultivate their creativity, work through their emotions, and gain the academic skills that are the foundation for later learning. Using a variety of methods and studying a wide range of populations, the contributors to this volume demonstrate the powerful effects of play in the intellectual, social, and emotional spheres. Play=Learning will be an important resource for students and researchers in developmental psychology. Its research-based policy recommendations will be valuable to teachers, counselors, and school psychologists in their quest to reintroduce play and joyful learning into our school rooms and living rooms.

Becoming Brilliant

Author : Roberta M. Golinkoff
ISBN : 1433822393
Genre : Child development
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Today's children will forge careers that look nothing like those their parents and grandparents knew. Even the definitions of "career" and "job" are changing as people create new businesses and services. Although these changes are well underway, our education system in the U.S. lags behind and still subscribes to the idea that content is king. This exclusive focus on content is reflected in what we test, how we teach, and even the toys we offer our children. Employers want to hire excellent communicators, critical thinkers, and innovators-in short, they want brilliant people. So what can we do, as parents, to help our children be brilliant and successful? Golinkoff and Hirsh-Pasek provide a science-based framework for how we should be teaching children in and outside of school. Using fun and engaging examples, the authors introduce the 6Cs-collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence-along with tips to optimize children's development in each area. These skills will make up the straight-A report card for success in the 21st century. Book jacket.

Becoming A Word Learner

Author : Roberta Michnick Golinkoff
ISBN : 0195351479
Genre : Psychology
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Language acquisition is a contentious field of research occupied by cognitive and developmental psychologists, linguists, philosophers, and biologists. Perhaps the key component to understanding how language is mastered is explaining word acquisition. At twelve months, an infant learns new words slowly and laboriously but at twenty months he or she acquires an average of ten new words per day. How can we explain this phenomenal change? A theory of word acquisition will not only deepen our understanding of the nature of language but will provide real insight into the workings of the developing mind. In the latest entry in Oxford's Counterpoints series, Roberta Golinkoff and Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek will present competing word acquisition theories that have emerged in the past decade. Each theory will be presented by the pioneering researcher. Contributors will include Lois Bloom of Columbia University, Linda Smith of Indiana University, Amanda Woodward of the University if Chicago, Nameera Akhtar of the University of California, Santa Cruz and Michael Tomasello of the Max Planck Institute. The editors will provide introductory and summary chapters to help assess each theoretical model. Roberta Golinkoff has been the director of The Infant Language Project at the University of Delaware since 1974. For the past decade she has collaborated with Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek of Temple University to solve the question of language acquisition in children.

Free To Learn

Author : Peter Gray
ISBN : 0465084990
Genre : Psychology
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"Peter Gray...forces us all to rethink our convictions on how schools should be designed to accommodate the ways that children learn." --Steven Pinker In Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that in order to foster children who will thrive in today's constantly changing world, we must entrust them to steer their own learning and development. Drawing on evidence from anthropology, psychology, and history, he demonstrates that free play is the primary means by which children learn to control their lives, solve problems, get along with peers, and become emotionally resilient. A brave, counterintuitive proposal for freeing our children from the shackles of the curiosity-killing institution we call school, Free to Learn suggests that it's time to stop asking what's wrong with our children, and start asking what's wrong with the system. It shows how we can act-both as parents and as members of society-to improve children's lives and to promote their happiness and learning.

Action Meets Word

Author : Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
ISBN : 9780199753710
Genre : Psychology
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Words are the building blocks of language. An understanding of how words are learned is central to any theory of language acquisition. This volume looks at early verb learning, focusing on the foundations for verb learning, and how these foundations intersect with the burgeoning language system.

Einstein Never Used Flash Cards

Author : Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
ISBN : 1579546951
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Discusses the growing trend toward accelerated learning and the pressure put upon parents to meet constant expectations, introducing creative games that parents can play with their child to enhance development.

Experimenting With Babies

Author : Shaun Gallagher
ISBN : 9781101599693
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Babies can be a joy—and hard work. Now, they can also be a 50-in-1 science project kit! This fascinating and hands-on guide shows you how to re-create landmark scientific studies on cognitive, motor, language, and behavioral development—using your own bundle of joy as the research subject. Simple, engaging, and fun for both baby and parent, each project sheds light on how your baby is acquiring new skills—everything from recognizing faces, voices, and shapes to understanding new words, learning to walk, and even distinguishing between right and wrong. Whether your little research subject is a newborn, a few months old, or a toddler, these simple, surprising projects will help you see the world through your baby’s eyes—and discover ways to strengthen newly acquired skills during your everyday interactions.

The Power Of Playful Learning

Author : Joyce Hemphill
ISBN : 9781625219398
Genre : Education
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Go green in your classroom! This collection of playful activities will support and complement your classroom curriculum, and the games and activities can be made almost entirely from common household recyclables. Each activity includes simple instructions for creating the game or toy and a list of educational and developmental benefits. Activities are organized into five chapters based on skills being applied, and skills in number sense, objects in motion, and speaking and language are developed along the way: Estimating, measurement, and graphing; Planning and development; Putting things together; Sequencing, making connections, and spatial relationships; and Developing a greater understanding of objects in motion

The Pre K Debates

Author : Edward Zigler
ISBN : 1598571834
Genre : Education
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More than 40 leading thinkers tackle the most-debated issues in pre-K education, in a rigorous point–counterpoint format. Includes compelling debates on teacher preparation, quality and accountability, targeted vs. universal preK, and more.

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