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Einstein Never Used Flashcards: Bagaimana Sesungguhnya Anak-Anak Belajar-dan Mengapa Mereka Harus Banyak Bermain dan Sedikit Menghafal

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  955 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Now Available in Paperback!In this book two highly credentialed child psychologists offer a compelling indictment of the growing trend toward accelerated learning. It's a message that stressed-out parents are craving to hear: Letting tots learn through play is not only okay-it's better than drilling academics!Drawing on overwhelming scientific evidence from their own studi ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 2005 by Kaifa (first published October 3rd 2003)
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Nicole
This book was recommended by the newsletter from the preschool that my 3-year-old son attends. I didn't stop reading it because it sucked, really- it was more like preaching to the choir. My kids play a lot. In the 2.5 hours my older son is in preschool (2 days a week) they only have two structured circle times- one for shape/letter/name/number recognition, and the other for story time. The rest of the time they play in centers, play outside, eat snack, and color or play with Play-Doh. We never ...more
Tiffany
A good review/summary of early childhood education.

Reflect, Resist, Recenter
REFLECT-why are you enrolling child in certain activity, does child actually like it?
RESIST-you don't have to sign up for every (if any) class invented for children (gymboree, music class, art class, etc. PLAY = learning
RECENTER-engage in teachable moments, play with your child, BE WITH you child, recognize that children take the lead in their own learning (and need your support as they go along)

UNSTRUCTURED PLAY TIME
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AnnaMay
This really lightened my anxiety and helped me make better use of my resources and time in my parenting approach. I think every parent or soon-to-be parent or grandparent should read this book and take it to heart. Our kids would be much happier little people if we applied the principles in our parenting and even our educating!

The book is set up very well. It is not a quick read, definitely, and may seem redundant at times, but I liked that in each chapter, I was presented with scientific studie
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Adriane Devries
Einstein Never Used Flash Cards attempts to debunk the modern myth in education and child-rearing that more knowledge, and faster, is better. Despite scientifically proven milestones of development, we as a society have in essence been rushing children past childhood and into our own “hectic, hurried, frenetic, and feverish image.” The urge to produce verifiable results in schools has thrown true learning, and the enjoyment thereof, out the window. Instead, teachers are now forced to “teach to t ...more
Afton
This book was a good refresher for me. I read John Holt's "How Children Learn" quite awhile ago and it certainly is more detailed and engaging than this book. This book was more of a skimming over of some important areas of children's learning.

I've been particularly struggling with teaching my 5-yr old reading and math, and had actually almost purchased a few sets of flash cards just days before I came across this book. So, of course I had to read it.

I'm glad now that I didn't buy those flash c
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Jessica
I wanted to read this book because there is SO MUCH pressure put on new parents to do more, teach more, have kids succeed faster and earlier than ever before. I knew all along that play was how children learned and dealt with their world, but it was nice to be reminded of that with such a well written book.

The authors go into good detail about various studies with how children learn, the certain stages that they should be learning things, and the importance on just letting kids learn.

They do m
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Moriah
"When we understand what really does matter to children's development and how myths mislead us, we can feel more relaxed as parents and educators and can easily ensure that our children are intellectually stimulated and socially competent" (p. 268).

"The pervasive myth in our achievement-oriented society that child's play is a waste of time is linked to the hype that parents must boost their children's intelligence. So we overschedule our children and give up on the values that we know, deep down
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Mandy
I nearly completely agreed with this book. I often find myself wondering if I'm doing enough to teach my kids. With all the products you can buy you feel like if your child is not reading by 2 they are already behind and you are a bad parent for not buying and teaching it to your child.

This book directly takes on such falsities and gives examples of study after study of why the power of play is more important than anything.

It also explains through research and study (as if common sense weren't
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jacky
I thought this book was going to be preaching to the choir, but I instead got a lot out of it. I learned tons about child development in terms of math, emotions, socialization, and pretend play. Many behaviors I see in my kids right now were explained. I enjoyed that research was heavily used but the writing style remained very readable. The only part I disliked was the last chapter, which seemed repetitive. I'd call this a must read for all parents of young children. I walked away with some mix ...more
Laura
Highly recommend this book to all parents who are concerned about whether or not their young children are going to learn enough. The short answer is - yes, if you let them play and play with them. No Leap Frog or flashcards required. All in all, a very freeing book for me. It makes me more comfortable in our "preschool isn't necessary" opinion and in our determination to limit the number and kind of toys that our kids have. Plus, there are lots of fun exercises to do with your kids at all age le ...more
Ellyn
I read this book for my summer Infant/Toddler Development class and really enjoyed it. The authors use child development research to show that all children really need is adults who love them, care about them, play with them, and give them the opportunity to explore at their own level and pace. Too many high pressure activities will only result in the loss of children's natural love for learning. Very wise and an important message for the middle class parents of today's young children to hear!!
Jennifer DeJonghe
The authors of this book (both with PhDs in psychology) make the case that the best way for babies and children to learn is through free and undirected play. They argue that math, reading, and language skills are naturally acquired through play and that context-based, experiential learning is superior to formal instruction for young children. The authors argue against the development of many types of so-called educational toys and television programs, and also advise against flash cards, drills, ...more
Emily Mellow
Refutes, as the title suggests, the need for educational materials and programming to strengthen the brains of our offspring. What they need is the ability to explore, to question and experiment, right? One thing they did say though, that surprised and stuck with me all these years, is that higher intelligence is consistently linked with kids who grew up with more toys. They thrive with variety? At first you would think it's a class thing, but they take that into account when they come up with t ...more
Melitsa
Oct 30, 2008 Melitsa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New moms, pregnant moms, those interested in play, educators, preschool teachers and K teachers
Recommended to Melitsa by: Podcast
Was very excited to read this book after hearing the author talk about it in a recent parent Podcast. It did not disappoint.

Lots of factual information to sink your teeth into. I particularly like the easy to read style; the studies & authors mentioned, so you can look them up yourself. The book sets forth clearly the case for advocating early years play and how to play with your child.

Most people may think- well that's easy but trying to strike a good balance against the marketing compani
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Geoffrey
The first chapter or two was slightly slow going to me, but as they started to talk more about the learning process and the studies, it got markedly more interesting.

I would have liked them to supply more information about the studies they cited, explaining the findings and the methodology in a little more detail. It felt a little like I was expected to take the studies as an appeal to authority rather than have the findings backed up with additional detail.

That said, I found the information to
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Leandra Cate
I read a lot of parenting books and a lot of them make me groan and roll my eyes. This was yet another one of the groaners. I feel like they set up a strawman at the center of their thesis: the parent who is furiously ambitious and schedules every second of their child's time. Ok, where are these people? Granted, I don't move in wealthy circles, but I have never met anyone who so overschedules their child that there is no free play time. I have, however, met a lot of parents who over-TV their ch ...more
Andria
The book's main message is: Children learn naturally through play, so there is no reason to go crazy for the latest "educational" toy, program, or class to try to give your kid the edge over everyone else's kid. The authors really want to encourage parents to value childhood as a distinct period in their kids' lives, to take time to BE with their children instead of rushing them from place to place, to stop trying to make them geniuses from birth but rather let them develop naturally and accept ...more
Jessica
The best way for babies and children to learn is through free and undirected play. I'm just not sure why the authors need an entire book to say that. I didn't finish the book because now that I have a baby, my reading time is constantly in a tug-o-war with sleep time. I also felt like as much as the authors tried to convince me not to use flashcards to teach "ball", instead play with an actual ball, they were trying to sucker in parents to read an entire book when a simple essay would have done ...more
Daniel
Apr 15, 2008 Daniel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents, teachers
Recommended to Daniel by: my wife
Confirms what I had thought about 'being a kid' and playing

Much is learned in 'play' and we (adults) do much damage to children by tightly scheduling their time, children learn better in 'unstructured' play and all things are best learned in context

Recommend to all parents, parents know the right learning method, but they (the parents) feel that their children are in competition and they feel that they can give their children a 'leg-up' by structuring their education
Sarah
I really enjoyed this book. Children are NOT little adults and shouldn't be treated as such. Nor should we try to live vicariously through them by forcing them in activites. They should play. And have positive family relationships. And in the end, they will be academically successful because they are happy and happy children learn best. And happy children make for happy adults which makes for a better society.
Emily
Surprisingly comprehensive and not gimmicky at all. Great defense of play. Great explanations as to how children really learn to read, speak, do math, get along and more. Hopefully this will keep many families from wasting their money and their children's time on things like Baby Einstein and Leapfrog products.

Jenni
From the back of the book: "Although parents know that the early years are learning years, just what that means has been confusing- until know. Einstein Never Used Flash Cards makes practical sense of the vast number of technical studies and hyperbole of advertising claims. It explains in clear, compelling, and scientific terms how learning really takes place. This book is a must read for parents, grandparents, teachers, caregivers, pediatricians, and policy makers- in other words, all those who ...more
Kim
Jan 17, 2012 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kim by: Found in OT's office
Shelves: 2012, parenting
Great book for parents of infants and toddlers. Though I have always believed that children learn through play it was good to read evidence of how and what exactly they learn. I found the chapter on numbers and math interesting - how playing a board game can teach children the number line continuum etc.
Jessica
Wow! What a great book! This book makes you think about how much society is pushing us, as parents, to do or buy every little thing to not just make our kiddos smart, but to make them advanced because, apparently, smart is not the best anymore. It focuses on letting kiddos experience things for themselves, be creative, and ultimately be kids rather than buy every little thing to push them and push them. This book will make you feel like making a nurturing home and life, rather than focusing on c ...more
Darcey
Hirsh-Pasek takes the time to look at parenting as it is viewed in Western society in modern day -- and to knock it down, bit by bit, where it needs to be knocked down in order to show how children /really/ learn, why play is important (for example, how stages of play relate to stages of language development) and how forcing certain aspects of memorization and "education" on children too early can actually backfire. She references studies galore, provides clear examples and details about the dif ...more
sleeps9hours
Another reassuring book to know it's okay to skip all that parent-directed learning crap.
Suzanne
Many parents instinctively like to see their kids play, but wonder if they can afford the "luxury." Einstein Never Used Flash Cards debunks a lot of overblown scientific reports that have been used to sell "educational" programs and toys. See if any of these revelations surprise you.

It is not true that playing Mozart for infants improves their IQ.

It is not true that successful readers are those whose parents spent the most time drilling them on letters, either during infancy or preschool.

It is
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Sam Shiraishi
Este livro tem sido uma pulguinha atrás da orelha há dois anos e com muita frequência ele ainda me faz rever o cotidiano dos meus filhos.

[Eu adoro o nome do livro em inglês: Einstein Never Used Flashcards: : How Our Children Really Learn--and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less]

As autoras parecem conversar conosco na obra. E esta conversa de mãe para mãe, mesmo sendo as três especialistas em educação e comportamento, nos faz pensar no desenvolvimento das habilidades intelectuais mais im
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Jacob
This book is actually a pretty good companion to Testing for Kindergarten: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Ace the Tests for: Public School Placement, Private School Admissions, Gifted Program Qualification, since that one talks about ways to increase the development value of your regular interactions with your children in order to help them grow. This book is much more focused on what kinds of activities should be done in the first place with your kids, the idea being that interactive play ...more
Deanna Annaed
I read most of this book... But after renewing it the maximum number of times at the library it finally had to go back... I did manage to read the last chapter before handing it in....

Now to review: this book was very informative about how children's brains develop and I liked the actual exercises you could try with your kids. I liked that it emphasized that kids learn mainly through play. However, despite the authors' hatred for flash cards I felt like this book was still telling me I needed t
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