The Power of Play

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-12-24
  • Publisher: Da Capo Pr

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While parents may worry that their children will be at a disadvantage if they are not engaging in constant, explicit learning or using the latest "educational" games, child-development expert David Elkind reassures us that unschedule, imaginative play goes a long way toward preparing children for both 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.

Author Biography

David Elkind, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Tufts University and the author of 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.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
The Changing World of Playp. 1
Play, Love, and Work: An Essential Triop. 3
Toys Aren't Usp. 15
Screen Play and Iconic Literacyp. 37
Child Play and Parent Angstp. 63
Play, Learning, and Developmentp. 87
Misunderstandings About How Young Children Learnp. 89
Playing for a Reason: Building the Units of Math, Reading, and Sciencep. 119
It Isn't Only a Game: The Role of Play in Becoming Socialp. 145
The Power of Playp. 169
Lighthearted Parentingp. 171
Schooling with Heart, Mind, and Bodyp. 195
Epilogue: Gifts for a Lifetimep. 217
Acknowledgmentsp. 219
Natesp. 221
Other Referencesp. 227
Indexp. 229
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