The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally

The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally

by David Elkind


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738211107
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 12/28/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 523,568
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

David Elkind, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Tufts University and the author of a dozen books, including The Hurried Child and All Grown Up and No Place to Go. He lives outside of Boston and on Cape Cod.

Table of Contents

Introduction     ix
The Changing World of Play     1
Play, Love, and Work: An Essential Trio     3
Toys Aren't Us     15
Screen Play and Iconic Literacy     37
Child Play and Parent Angst     63
Play, Learning, and Development     87
Misunderstandings About How Young Children Learn     89
Playing for a Reason: Building the Units of Math, Reading, and Science     119
It Isn't Only a Game: The Role of Play in Becoming Social     145
The Power of Play     169
Lighthearted Parenting     171
Schooling with Heart, Mind, and Body     195
Epilogue: Gifts for a Lifetime     217
Acknowledgments     219
Nates     221
Other References     227
Index     229

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for teachers and parents alike! It teaches you what to do and what not to do when it comes to supporting children's growth and development. It presents effective, playful ways for children to be learning, instead of the rote memorization that takes place in most preschools and all elementary schools. Great read!