Power of Play Learning What Comes Naturally

ISBN-10: 0738211109

ISBN-13: 9780738211107

Edition: 2008

Authors: David Elkind

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In modern childhood, free, unstructured play time is being replaced more and more by academics, lessons, competitive sports, and passive, electronic entertainment. While parents may worry that their children will be at a disadvantage if they are not engaged in constant, explicit learning or using the latest "educational" games, David Elkind's The Power of Play reassures us that unscheduled imaginative play goes far in preparing children for academic and social success. Through expert analysis of the research and powerful situational examples, Elkind shows that, indeed, creative spontaneous activity best sets the stage for academic learning in the first place: Children learn mutual respect and cooperation through role-playing and the negotiation of rules, which in turn prepare them for successful classroom learning; in simply playing with rocks, for example, a child could discover properties of counting and shapes that are the underpinnings of math; even a toddler's babbling is a necessary precursor to the acquisition of language. An important contribution to the literature about how children learn, The Power of Play suggests ways to restore play's respected place in children's lives, at home, at school, and in the larger community. In defense of unstructured "down time," it encourages parents to trust their instincts and resist the promise of the wide and dubious array of educational products on the market geared to youngsters.
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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/25/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.770

Introduction
The Changing World of Play
Play, Love, and Work: An Essential Trio
Toys Aren't Us
Screen Play and Iconic Literacy
Child Play and Parent Angst
Play, Learning, and Development
Misunderstandings About How Young Children Learn
Playing for a Reason: Building the Units of Math, Reading, and Science
It Isn't Only a Game: The Role of Play in Becoming Social
The Power of Play
Lighthearted Parenting
Schooling with Heart, Mind, and Body
Epilogue: Gifts for a Lifetime
Acknowledgments
Nates
Other References
Index
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