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Editorial Reviews

If you’re expecting or raising a child you’re probably aware of the overabundance of writing on child rearing. Eliza Foss gives the baby-speak of Kathy Hirsch-Pasek and Roberta Golinkoff’s well-researched discourse a down-to-earth feel; even skirting with sarcasm aimed at the baby education industry. Yet this audiobook, itself an addition to the genre, never feels tongue in cheek. The real message here is a return to commonsense parenting. Hirsch-Pasek and Golinkoff favor an intuitive play-based attitude when it comes to parenting rather than an overanalyzed, over-planned, and overly adult approach to childcare which many similar books espouse. And the authors, a professor and a psychologist in the field, say current research backs up their fun and rational approach.

Publisher's Summary

Play Is Back

Reassuring to parents and educators, Einstein Never Used Flash Cards shows why - and how - to step away from the cult of achievement and toward a more nurturing home life full of imaginative play and love of learning.

Here's the message that stressed-out parents are craving to hear: It's okay to play!

In fact, it's more than just okay - it's better than drilling academics. After decades of research, scientists and child development experts have come to a clear conclusion: Play is the best way for our children to learn. Children who are prematurely pushed into regimented academic instruction display less creativity and enthusiasm for learning than their peers. Children who memorize isolated facts early in life show no better long-term retention than their peers. Children who learn through play also develop social and emotional skills, which are critical for long-term success.

Somewhere along the line, we've gotten off track by stressing academic products and programs to our preschoolers. Thankfully, Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Roberta Michnick Golinkoff have a simple remedy for our children that is based on overwhelming scientific evidence from their own studies and the collective research results of child development experts.

Einstein Never Used Flash Cards goes beyond debunking the myths spread by the accelerated-learning industry. Parents and educators will find a practical guide to introducing complex concepts through smart, simple, and loving play.

For every key area of a child's development (speech, reading, math, social skills, self-awareness, and intelligence), you'll understand how a child's mind actually learns. Then you'll discover exercises (40 in all) that will showcase emerging skills and leave your child smiling today - and prepared for tomorrow.

©2003 Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Important premise but way too long

I've listened to a lot of parenting books for young children. And while I completely agree with the premise of this book, I found that it was way too long and filled with self-promotion. And while they certainly made an effort to mention studies, I still felt that more of the book was pontification rather than a presentation of research.

The narration was great

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Where does Einstein Never Used Flash Cards rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Best audio book I have purchased! I needed to read this for a college class and this was the best way for me to accomplish the task with my busy schedule. I LOVE THIS BOOK

What was one of the most memorable moments of Einstein Never Used Flash Cards?

Different perspectives and
Theories explained
Easy to understand and envision

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Great book!!

This book was great! It encourages the readers to slow down and let children play more. Play = learning

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More talking about what's bad than what's good for your child

Don't get me wrong, it's a great parenting book and must read for all parents who are nervous about not providing their kids with all skills they need to compete in our fast developing world.

I knew that quality time with your child is more important than strict schedule of various group activities. So, I found myself constantly skipping the parts which persuade me of thinks that I already agree with.

If you're looking for a book with practical advise how to enrich time with your child – don't expect much from this book.

If you're looking for general direction on what to focus along your parenting journey – this is a great reading.

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good sentiment, poorly written

This book was repetitive and poorly organized, I would have liked more focus on the research and experiments.

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  • ANDRÉ
  • ORLANDO, FL, United States
  • 09-12-13

Biased!

I never gave any book less than 3 stars. But this one I almost gave one star. In the end, the authors redeem themselves, so I settled for 2 stars... Let me say why: in the beginning they introduce themselves to the public saying that they are RENOWNED psychologists. I wonder if Freud would say that he was a renowned psychiatrist (guess not). And then they put they say why we shouldn't worry-- our children never had piano lessons/ violin lessons (...) and they grew up just fine! There are MILLIONS OF YEARS OF EVOLUTION. WE SHOULDN'T BE SCARED ABOUT THE FUTURE! JUST LET IT BE. And then, they start making fun of parents who buy flashcards, who teach kids how to read, do math... What a waste of time! The kids should be playing! Then they attack the Mozart effect...
My opinion: they are biased. They try to cope for their guilt writing this book. A piece of paper can accept anything. And yes, young children can learn how to read AND play. They DON'T EXCLUDE EACH OTHER! I am a doctor, cardiology, and I live a fulfilling life. And my parents were strict AND warm. They taught me how to work hard AND gave me affection. They let me play AND demanded me good grades and great effort.
I have 2 children- My oldest is 6 and she learned how to read since before her first year (via Glenn Doman teaching's). She loves reading (she reads a lot), AND has a big EQ, lots of friends, is popular and very happy. My son is 3 and he, too, knew how to read before his first year. He is very calm, smart, loves sports, loves playing with spiderman, Buzz,... and likes to read. Oh, they also do math and understand its concepts.
Yes, I think we have to worry about their future, about the well being of our kids and not just letting "genetics" make magic.

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