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The Power of Play

Learning What Comes Naturally

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Today’s parents often worry that their children will be at a disadvantage if they are not engaged in constant learning, but child development expert David Elkind reassures us that imaginative play goes far to prepare children for academic and social success. Through expert analysis of the research and powerful examples, Elkind shows how creative, spontaneous play fosters healthy mental and social development and sets the stage for academic learning in the first place. An important contribution to the literature about how children learn, The Power of Play restores play’s respected place in children’s lives and encourages parents to trust their instincts to stay away from many of the dubious educational products on the market.

Publishers Weekly Review

Dec 11, 2006 – In this fascinating look at the importance of letting kids be kids,\t\t Elkind argues that "Play is being silenced." According to Elkind, a child\t\t psychologist and author of All Grown Up and No Place to\t\t Go, important, unstructured play is too often replaced in modern\t\t times by organized activities, academics or passive leisure activities such as\t\t watching television and playing video games. Elkind explains how even toys have\t\t changed: "toys once served to socialize children into social roles, vocations,\t\t and academic tool skills. Today, they are more likely to encourage brand\t\t loyalties, fashion consciousness, and group think." Elkind acknowledges that\t\t technology has its place in the classroom, but debunks computer programs\t\t marketed toward babies and preschoolers whose young brains are not yet able to\t\t fully comprehend two-dimensional representations. "Parent peer pressure" is\t\t often to blame, causing parents to engage in "hyperparenting, overprotection,\t\t and overprogramming." Media-spread fears about everything from kidnapping and\t\t molestation to school shootings and SIDS can cause parents to forget that\t\t "children can play safely without adult organization; they have done so as long\t\t as people have been on earth." With clarity and insight, Elkind calls for\t\t society to bring back long recesses, encourage imagination and let children\t\t develop their minds at a natural pace.
The Power of Play
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  • $10.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Psychology
  • Published: Dec 25, 2007
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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