Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn-- And Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less

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.

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By Tiffany (Pleasant Grove, UT) · ★★★★★ · March 04, 2011
A good review/summary of early childhood education.

Reflect, Resist, Recenter
REFLECT-why are you enrolling child in certain activity, does child actually like it?
RESIST-you don't have to sign up for every (if any) class invented for children (gymboree, music class, art class, etc. PLAY = learning
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By Adriane (Grand Rapids, MI) · ★★★☆☆ · July 25, 2011
Einstein Never Used Flash Cards attempts to debunk the modern myth in education and child-rearing that more knowledge, and faster, is better. Despite scientifically proven milestones of development, we as a society have in essence been rushing children past childhood and into our own “hectic, hur... ...more
By Jessica (Denver, CO) · ★★★★☆ · August 18, 2012
I wanted to read this book because there is SO MUCH pressure put on new parents to do more, teach more, have kids succeed faster and earlier than ever before. I knew all along that play was how children learned and dealt with their world, but it was nice to be reminded of that with such a well wr... ...more
By Moriah (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · August 07, 2008
"When we understand what really does matter to children's development and how myths mislead us, we can feel more relaxed as parents and educators and can easily ensure that our children are intellectually stimulated and socially competent" (p. 268).

"The pervasive myth in our achievement-oriented... ...more
By Mandy (Spanish Fork, UT) · ★★★★★ · July 11, 2009
I nearly completely agreed with this book. I often find myself wondering if I'm doing enough to teach my kids. With all the products you can buy you feel like if your child is not reading by 2 they are already behind and you are a bad parent for not buying and teaching it to your child.

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By Laura (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · February 08, 2011
Highly recommend this book to all parents who are concerned about whether or not their young children are going to learn enough. The short answer is - yes, if you let them play and play with them. No Leap Frog or flashcards required. All in all, a very freeing book for me. It makes me more comfor... ...more
By Jennifer (Minneapolis, MN) · ★★★★☆ · June 06, 2011
The authors of this book (both with PhDs in psychology) make the case that the best way for babies and children to learn is through free and undirected play. They argue that math, reading, and language skills are naturally acquired through play and that context-based, experiential learning is sup... ...more
By Emily Mellow (Seattle, WA) · ★★★★★ · April 26, 2009
Refutes, as the title suggests, the need for educational materials and programming to strengthen the brains of our offspring. What they need is the ability to explore, to question and experiment, right? One thing they did say though, that surprised and stuck with me all these years, is that highe... ...more
By Geoffrey (Canada) · ★★★★☆ · December 17, 2008
The first chapter or two was slightly slow going to me, but as they started to talk more about the learning process and the studies, it got markedly more interesting.

I would have liked them to supply more information about the studies they cited, explaining the findings and the methodology in a l... ...more