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Author Christakis, Erika, author.

Title The importance of being little : what preschoolers really need from grownups / Erika Christakis.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
2016

Copies

Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Bradley PL Adult Non-Fiction - BRBB-2  EDUCATION EARLY CHILDHOOD Christakis    AVAILABLE
 Cherry Valley PLD Adult Non-Fiction - CHVY-11  372.21 CHR    AVAILABLE
 Colona District PL Stacks - CLNG-7  372.4 CHR    AVAILABLE
 DeKalb PL Adult Non-Fiction - DKLY-12  372.21 CHR    AVAILABLE
 Ella Johnson Memorial PL Stacks - EJMY-11  372.21 CHR    AVAILABLE
 Fossil Ridge PL - Main Adult Non Fiction - FRBB-2  372.21 CHR    AVAILABLE
 Galena PL Adult Non-Fiction - GALY-13  372.21 CHR    AVAILABLE
 Homer Twp PL - Main Adult Non-Fiction - HDBB-1  372.21 CHR    AVAILABLE
 Kankakee PL Third Floor - KKBB-2  372.21 CHRISTAKIS    AVAILABLE
 Manhattan-Elwood PL Adult Non Fiction - MTBB-2  372.21 CHR    AVAILABLE

Description xxii, 376 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-364) and index.
Summary "Teach your children well". It's easier to sing than do. Erika Christakis wants to foment a revolution in early childhood education, and with this deeply insightful, scientifically grounded, and utterly original book, she may just get her way." --Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness 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 To a four-year-old watching bulldozers at a construction site or chasing butterflies in flight, the world is awash with promise. Little children come into the world hardwired to learn in virtually any setting and about any matter. Yet in today's preschool and kindergarten classrooms, learning has been reduced to scripted lessons and suspect metrics that too often undervalue a child's intelligence while overtaxing the child's growing brain. These mismatched expectations wreak havoc on the family: parents fear that if they choose the "wrong" program, their child won't get into the "right" college. But Yale early childhood expert Erika Christakis says our fears are wildly misplaced. Our anxiety about preparing and safeguarding our children's future seems to have reached a fever pitch at a time when, ironically, science gives us more certainty than ever before that young children are exceptionally strong thinkers. In her pathbreaking book, Christakis explains what it's like to be a young child in America today, in a world designed by and for adults, where we have confused schooling with learning. She offers real-life solutions to real-life issues, with nuance and direction that takes us far beyond the usual prescriptions for fewer tests, more play. She looks at children's use of language, their artistic expressions, the way their imaginations grow, and how they build deep emotional bonds to stretch the boundaries of their small worlds. Rather than clutter their worlds with more and more stuff, sometimes the wisest course for us is to learn how to get out of their way. Christakis's message is energizing and reassuring: young children are inherently powerful, and they (and their parents) will flourish when we learn new ways of restoring the vital early learning environment to one that is best suited to the littlest learners. This bold and pragmatic challenge to the conventional wisdom peels back the mystery of childhood, revealing a place that's rich with possibility"-- Provided by publisher.
"To a four-year-old watching bulldozers at a construction site or chasing butterflies in flight, the world is awash with promise. Little children come into the world hardwired to learn in virtually any setting and about any matter. Yet in today's preschool and kindergarten classrooms, learning has been reduced to scripted lessons and suspect metrics that too often undervalue a child's intelligence while overtaxing the child's growing brain. These mismatched expectations wreak havoc on the family: parents fear that if they choose the "wrong" program, their child won't get into the "right" college. But Yale early childhood expert Erika Christakis says our fears are wildly misplaced. Our anxiety about our children's futures has reached a fever pitch at a time when, ironically, science gives us more certainty than ever before that young children are exceptionally strong thinkers. In her pathbreaking book, Christakis explains what it's like to be a young child in America today, in a world designed by and for adults, where we have confused schooling with learning. She offers nuanced, real-life solutions to real-life issues that move past the usual prescriptions for fewer tests, more play. She looks at children's use of language, their artistic expressions, the way their imaginations grow, and how they build deep emotional bonds to stretch the boundaries of their small worlds. Rather than clutter their worlds with more and more stuff, sometimes our wisest course is to learn how to get out of their way."--From dust jacket.
Contents Little learners : the classroom called childhood -- Goldilocks goes to daycare : finding the right zone for learning -- Natural born artists : the creative powers of childhood -- The search for intelligent life : un-standard learning -- Just kidding : the fragmented generation -- Played out : habitat loss and the extinction of play -- Stuffed : navigating the material world -- The secret lives of children : fear, fantasy and the emotional appetite -- Use your words : hearing the language of childhood -- Well connected : the roles grownups play -- Hiding in plain sight : early learning and the American Dream.
Subject Education, Preschool -- Parent participation.
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / General.
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten.
ISBN 9780525429074 (hardcover)
0525429077 (hardcover)

 
    
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