The Importance Of Being Little

The Importance Of Being Little

What Preschoolers Really Need From Grownups

Audiobook CD - 2016
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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.
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781511357890
1511357894
Branch Call Number: 372.21 Christakis
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (12 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Schnaubelt, Teri

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JCLChrisK Apr 14, 2016

Christakis begins with a very simple premise: that, for preschoolers, schooling and learning are often two different things. That young children are much more powerful and capable than we often give them credit for, that they primarily learn through relationships and play, and that the educational push to make their school experience more focused on "academic readiness" runs counter to their natural inclinations for learning.

She then spends nearly 400 pages comprehensively exploring that idea across the many dimensions and aspects of early childhood education. She has been a child, parent, teacher, and academic, and all perspectives figure into her considerations. At times she's a little too unnecessarily jargony with her educational and academic language; at other times she's a little too wistfully nostalgic for childhoods of times now past and reliant on her own version of common sense; but she is always thorough in her considerations. Whether you are already on board with her premise, are tentatively willing to be converted, or find it misguided and want to debate her, this is a book worth engaging. I highly recommend it for all educators and suggest it for all parents as well.

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