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Mollie Is Three: Growing Up in School

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"No adult can escape the adult perspective; but simply recognizing its inevitable limitations in a children's world enables a few gifted educators to accept the existence and vilify of whole kindergartens full of different perspectives. One such person is Vivian Gussin Paley. . . . Her books. . .should be required reading wherever children are growing."—New York Times Book ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 15th 1988 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1986)
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Buffy
Mar 11, 2008 Buffy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents of 3 year olds
As always, Paley brings enlightenment. Through observing without judgment and reflecting, she opens up the process of child development in a way that makes sense - not clinically, but personally.

I read this at completely the right time. It gave me such a new insight into the uses of dramatic play in building social skills. And made me decide that the chum does need 3 mornings of school so he can learn how to negotiate friendship.
Emily
Jun 11, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing
-understand how children learn through dramatic play
-understand how children learn better from each other than they do from adults
-experience the teacher's mistakes, they're not hidden
-experience the intellectual barriers of 3 and 4 year olds as well as sudden leaps of understanding
Red
I LOVE these books - they're short, lyrical, beautiful, and hold the children with such tender specificity and realness that I recognize them immediately. Vivian Gussin Paley attacks real questions, offers real moral insight, and can actually write. it's a beautiful combination.
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Vivian Gussin Paley is an American pre-school and kindergarten teacher, early childhood education researcher, and author.

She taught and did most of her research at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Despite her status in the field today, she has described the first thirteen years of her teaching career as being an "uninspired and uninspiri
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