The Power of Play : Learning What Comes Naturally
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by David Elkind
While parents may worry that their children will be at a disadvantage if they are not engaged in the latest "educational" games, Elkind's "The Power of Play" reassures that unscheduled imaginative play goes far in preparing children for academic and social success . Through thoughtful analysis and powerful examples, Elkind demonstrates how play is not only essential in fostering healthy mental and social development, it's what sets the stage for learning in the first place.
An authoritative and welcome response to today's overemphasis on academics, competitive sports, and passive, electronic entertainment, The Power of Play encourages parents to trust their instincts and suggests ways to restore play's necessary and respected role in our children's lives at home, at school, and in the larger community. It makes a compelling and resonant case that childhood is not a luxury we should ration.
David Elkind, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University. He is also the author of over 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.
Carolyn's Comments: This book is filled with valuable information that every parent needs. It is so easy to get caught up in the "Race to the Top" mentality of our society, not realizing that by doing so, we may be handicapping our children and actually stunting their mental, emotional and intellectual development. The Power of Play will both enlighten you and give you the courage of your convictions to resist the pressure from well meaning friends and relatives to push inappropriate learning on your children.