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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 09 February 2016
  • ISBN : 9780698195011
  • Page : 400 pages
  • Rating : 5/5 from 1 voters

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“Christakis . . . expertly weaves academic research, personal experience and anecdotal evidence into her book . . . a bracing and convincing case that early education has reached a point of crisis . . . her book is a rare thing: a serious work of research that also happens to be well-written and personal . . . engaging and important.” --Washington Post "What kids need from grown-ups (but aren't getting)...an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash cards, ditch the tired craft projects (yes, you, Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey) and exotic vocabulary lessons, and double-down on one, simple word: play." --NPR The New York Times bestseller that provides a bold challenge to the conventional wisdom about early childhood, with a pragmatic program to encourage parents and teachers to rethink how and where young children learn best by taking the child’s eye view of the learning environment To a four-year-old watching bulldozers at a construction site or chasing butterflies in flight, the world is awash with promise. Little children come into the world hardwired to learn in virtually any setting and about any matter. Yet in today’s preschool and kindergarten classrooms, learning has been reduced to scripted lessons and suspect metrics that too often undervalue a child’s intelligence while overtaxing the child’s growing brain. These mismatched expectations wreak havoc on the family: parents fear that if they choose the “wrong” program, their child won’t get into the “right” college. But Yale early childhood expert Erika Christakis says our fears are wildly misplaced. Our anxiety about preparing and safeguarding our children’s future seems to have reached a fever pitch at a time when, ironically, science gives us more certainty than ever before that young children are exceptionally strong thinkers. In her pathbreaking book, Christakis explains what it’s like to be a young child in America today, in a world designed by and for adults, where we have confused schooling with learning. She offers real-life solutions to real-life issues, with nuance and direction that takes us far beyond the usual prescriptions for fewer tests, more play. She looks at children’s use of language, their artistic expressions, the way their imaginations grow, and how they build deep emotional bonds to stretch the boundaries of their small worlds. Rather than clutter their worlds with more and more stuff, sometimes the wisest course for us is to learn how to get out of their way. Christakis’s message is energizing and reassuring: young children are inherently powerful, and they (and their parents) will flourish when we learn new ways of restoring the vital early learning environment to one that is best suited to the littlest learners. This bold and pragmatic challenge to the conventional wisdom peels back the mystery of childhood, revealing a place that’s rich with possibility.

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The Importance of Being Little

The Importance of Being Little
  • Author : Erika Christakis
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-02-09
  • ISBN : 9780698195011
DOWNLOAD BOOKThe Importance of Being Little

“Christakis . . . expertly weaves academic research, personal experience and anecdotal evidence into her book . . . a bracing and convincing case that early education has reached a point of crisis . . . her book is a rare thing: a serious work of research that also happens to be well-written and personal . . . engaging and important.” --Washington Post "What kids need from grown-ups (but aren't getting)...an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash cards, ditch the tired craft projects (yes,

The Importance of Being Little

The Importance of Being Little
  • Author : Erika Christakis
  • Publisher : Viking
  • Release Date : 2016
  • ISBN : 9780525429074
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Parents of young children today are in crisis: pick the "wrong" preschool and your child won't get into the "right" college. Christakis believes we have confused schooling with learning: children are hardwired to learn in any setting, but they punch below their weight when "learning" is defined by strict lessons and dodgy metrics that devalue a child's intelligence. Here, she explores what it's like to be a young child in America today, in a world designed by and for adults.

The Importance of Being 3

The Importance of Being 3
  • Author : Lindsay Ward
  • Publisher : Dial Books
  • Release Date : 2016
  • ISBN : 9780525428695
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Follows three friends throughout their day and explores the delights and challenges of being three years old.

The Most Important Year

The Most Important Year
  • Author : Suzanne Bouffard
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2017-09-05
  • ISBN : 9780399184963
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An eye-opening look inside pre-K in America and what it will take to give all children the best start in school possible. At the heart of this groundbreaking book are two urgent questions: What do our young children need in the earliest years of school, and how do we ensure that they all get it? Cutting-edge research has proven that early childhood education is crucial for all children to gain the academic and emotional skills they need to succeed later

The Importance of Being Scandalous

The Importance of Being Scandalous
  • Author : Kimberly Bell
  • Publisher : Entangled: Amara
  • Release Date : 2017-07-25
  • ISBN : 9781633756809
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A horse race in trousers on Rotten Row. Visiting a gaming hall in a dress that would make her mother faint. Sneaking an invitation to a masquerade ball attended by only the wickedest, most debauched members of society... None of these things are scaring off bookish but strong-willed Amelia Bishop’s stuffy, egotistical fiancé. The only thing left is to entice childhood friend Nicholas Wakefield into a truly engagement-ending scandal. The Wakefields are the height of propriety, and Nicholas’s

The Need to Say No

The Need to Say No
  • Author : Jill Brooke
  • Publisher : Hatherleigh Press
  • Release Date : 2013-09-24
  • ISBN : 9781578264629
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The Need to Say No is a simple inspirational guide and instructional manual to help the reader gain command of their relationships by setting boundaries. Whether in love, work, family, or the world, the need to say no is imperative at times. And rather than accepting another transgression or being bullied, learning to set healthy boundaries is essential for our health and well-being at home, in the workplace, or the communities in which we live. The Need to Say No

The Importance of Being Seven

The Importance of Being Seven
  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2012-08-21
  • ISBN : 9780307399632
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44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 6 The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother. The great city of Edinburgh is renowned for its impeccable restraint, so how, then, did the extended family of 44 Scotland Street come to be trembling on the brink of reckless self-indulgence? After seven years and five books, Bertie is—finally!—about

A Short Course in Kindness

A Short Course in Kindness
  • Author : Margot Silk Forrest,Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Publisher : L M Press
  • Release Date : 2003
  • ISBN : 0970804903
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A therapist explains true kindness as opposed to mere niceness and explores its power and benefits, describing ways to integrate kindness as the response of choice. Included are techniques for developing the ability to empathize with others and strategies for being kind to oneself.

Learning Together with Young Children

Learning Together with Young Children
  • Author : Deb Curtis,Margie Carter
  • Publisher : Redleaf Press
  • Release Date : 2007-11-01
  • ISBN : 9781605541730
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Provides early childhood teachers a framework for collaborating with children to create a dynamic, emergent curriculum.

The Importance of Being Kennedy

The Importance of Being Kennedy
  • Author : Laurie Graham
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-03-17
  • ISBN : 9780061970030
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From the fictitious diary of the equally fictitious Kennedy nanny comes an inside look into the early years of the dynasty—with all the juicy bits intact. Newly arrived from Ireland, Nora Brennan finds a position as nursery maid to the Kennedys of Brookline, Massachusetts—and lands at the heart of American history. In charge of nine children practically from the minute they're born—including Joe Jr., Jack, Bobby, Teddy, vivacious "Kick," and tragic Rosemary—she sees the boys coached

Feeling Like a Kid

Feeling Like a Kid
  • Author : Jerry Griswold,Jerome Griswold,Professor of English and Comparative Literature Jerry Griswold
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Release Date : 2006-12
  • ISBN : 0801885175
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Outstanding Academic Title for 2007, Choice Magazine In this engaging and reflective essay, Jerry Griswold examines the unique qualities of childhood experience and their reappearance as frequent themes in children’s literature. Surveying dozens of classic and popular works for the young—from Heidi and The Wizard of Oz to Beatrix Potter and Harry Potter—Griswold demonstrates how great children's writers succeed because of their uncanny ability to remember what it feels like to be a kid: playing under tables, shivering

The Escape Artist

The Escape Artist
  • Author : Helen Fremont
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2020-02-11
  • ISBN : 9781982113629
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A luminous new memoir from the author of the critically acclaimed national bestseller After Long Silence, The Escape Artist has been lauded by New York Times bestselling author Mary Karr as “beautifully written, honest, and psychologically astute. A must-read.” In the tradition of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and George Hodgman’s Bettyville, Fremont writes with wit and candor about growing up in a household held together by a powerful glue: secrets. Her parents, profoundly affected by their memories of

The Importance of Being Funny

The Importance of Being Funny
  • Author : Al Gini
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2017-07-25
  • ISBN : 9781442281776
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When E. B. White said “analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog; few people are interested and the frog dies,” he hadn’t seen Al Gini’s hilarious, incisive, and informative take on jokes, joke-telling, and the jokers who tell jokes. For Gini, humor is more than just foolish fun: it serves as a safety valve for dealing with reality that gives us the courage to endure that which we cannot understand or avoid. Not everyone tells jokes. Not everyone

A Child's Work

A Child's Work
  • Author : Vivian Gussin Paley
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2009-09-15
  • ISBN : 9780226644981
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The buzz word in education today is accountability. But the federal mandate of "no child left behind" has come to mean curriculums driven by preparation for standardized tests and quantifiable learning results. Even for very young children, unstructured creative time in the classroom is waning as teachers and administrators are under growing pressures to measure school readiness through rote learning and increased homework. In her new book, Vivian Gussin Paley decries this rapid disappearance of creative time and makes the

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Author : Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1910
  • ISBN : CORNELL:31924013571397
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