My one disappointment was that in discussing different early education settings he examines Montessori and Waldorf but not Reggio Emilia, which fits so well with all the concepts he was discussing. I thought I was already on the right track with this approach, but I found myself doing some of the things he warns against. Creative play is endangered, and thus are children themselves, trapped inside by gadgets, video games, television, and entertainments of all kinds. Elkind shed light on the way children learn at different ages, and reinforced my belief that starting too early doesn't actually help. Play-acting builds perspective taking abilities and even provides therapy. Children need to build their own imaginary worlds and act in them, get outdoors and experience the therapy of nature, and benefit from spontaneous physical activity. A great read for both teachers and parents - and an important read for anyone working on making education policy.
Elkind's latest book reflects his career-long devotion to children's well-being. Colonial powers once used rote learning methods to domesticate indigenous peoples and induce obedience to external authority. Many examples are given of child development and abilities and how to cope with them. The book lays out in an easy to read manner the many benefits of play and why parents should in a sense let kids be kids. So yes, play is important in furthering students creativity and understanding of reality vs fantasy.
It is beneficial for children to see the adults in their lives engaged in something purely for the enjoyment of it Elkind, 2007, p. Summary: David Elkind Stressed the importance of play in the classroom and the benefits it has on the intellectual development of young minds. One concept I found as an aha! He argues that imaginative play provides children with a good time but also valuable lessons that help kids navigate childhood and adolescence. Rote learning is anathema to critical, innovative thinking. Take away one leg of the trio and you'll truly have an unbalanced life. He even criticizes parents for letting kids play T-Ball! Much stronger when it came to discussing various established theories of child development and learning than when discussing the so-called ills of modern childhood ie: television, computers, overscheduling, etc.
It's only in our teenage years that we have enough conciousness to think about our thoughts. Sounds more like punishment to me. I want to read more on the concept of flow related to this. Elkind combines academic research with anecdotes. Yet play has currently fallen into some disrepute. In addition there was some evidence that children who attended the academic program demonstrated higher levels of test anxiety, were less creative, and had more negative attitudes toward school than did the children attending the play program.
I thought the author made some good points about what needs to happen and not happen in a child's life before age 6. I love that an expert is telling me to spend less money on my kids less toys and less organized activities. Parents buy videos and toys purported to help their child learn another language or even to read and it makes me sad. Young children first use play as a way to distinguish between objects in their immediate environment. Now I can feel sophistacted when I don't sign my 3-year-old up for soccer, and limit Christmas gifts, rather than negligent and selfish. I liked the guideline of 6 for starting organized sports and no more than 3 organized activities at any time: one in arts, one in sports, one in academics. The methodology used in this chapter or writing workshop to teach the children how to write is something really great and enjoyable both for them and their instructor As a wrap up I can comfortably state that it is a matter of fact that children learn through play and exposure to plays enable them to develop their intellectual, social and emotional skills.
Elkind stresses that nothing less than the very physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of our children is at stake. With such integration, he also has a favorable view of the Montessori and Waldorf methods. Underlying reinforcement of gender stereotypes. It has been good for me to reflect on my children's activities and the importance of unstructured play, rather than succombing to parental peer-pressure. Here you will also find the best quotations, synonyms and word definitions to make your research paper well-formatted and your essay highly evaluated. I'd recommend this book to other parents or teachers. Overall I liked this one.
And I have read some crap in my day. I want to read more on the concept of flow related to this. Making it the first important of the three essential elements. But I am not a fan of dumbing down kids by not seeing what they are capable of achieving when taught things like letters or numbers at an early age. Contrary to the notion that play should serve utilitarian ends or consist primarily of organized sports, the author makes a case for self-initiated physical play free of educational toys, computer games, and television, especially early in childhood but also throughout young life. We also bring play engaging in an activity just for fun , love sharing the joy of the activity with children , and work exhi Elkind 2007 brings to light the important role that passion plays in parenting and teaching. The first one being that children are capable writers who are able to actively create and co-create meaning and such activities can be very instrumental in bringing out their literacy proficiency this is so because it is in such that they are challenged to explore all genres of written communication and also get a chance to freely air their ideas through their conversations and writings.
Learning games: exploring the senses through play. I know that it wasn't for lack of it- there is plenty of research to be found on the importance of play in learning. Elkind explains how important it is to let him continue that repetition until he solves whatever problem his baby mind is trying to figure out. However, I did agree with a lot of the author's points and found the book to contain good information; it reminded me of chatting with a grandpa who had lots of experience in the field of child development. I also liked the glimpse into the perspective from which the very young view the world and insight into why kids play as they do: the whole world is totally novel! The basis of the book is that children, especially young children, need the opportunity to learn through play. I really liked the concepts and message behind the book but the writing style was sometimes too slow and boring for me. This book was pretty slow going and verbose at times and I thought the organization was odd.