Title: Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn–and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less
Author: Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, and Diane Eyer
Publication Year: 2003
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Review: I think this book has a really important message, namely, that flash cards, work sheets and other methods of unnatural learning are not necessary for a young child to learn academic skills (language, literacy, math, etc.). Contextual learning is more fun, more interesting, and ultimately a much better way to learn while preserving a child’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm for discovery.
However, I have to admit that I skimmed a great deal of this book. It was just too dry for my taste and not engaging enough for me to read every word. If I hadn’t skimmed it, I probably would have never finished it. However, I should also point out that I already don’t use flashcards and worksheets with my kids, I don’t buy fancy learning toys, and I don’t sign my toddler and preschooler up for special “educational” classes.
I have absolutely no guilt about my unstructured, carefree, “lazy” style of parenting. If you are someone who feels like you aren’t doing enough for your kids and you need someone to tell you to calm down and relax, maybe this book is for you. (Personal Rating: 6/10)