Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Laura E. Berk, and Dorothy G. Singer
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Play has become a four-letter word.
Four distinguished scholars speak out about the importance of play and playful learning in young children's lives. While the benefits of early education are clear, and on the agenda of policymakers around the country, the research shows that pedagogy in preschool education really matters. "Preschool sweatshops" do not provide the best early education.

This book presents the scientific evidence in support of three points:
  1. Children need both unstructured free play and playful learning under the gentle guidance of adults to best prepare them for entrance into formal school

  2. Academic and social development are so inextricably intertwined that the former must not trump attention to the latter

  3. Learning and play are not incompatible; learning takes place best when children are engaged and enjoying themselves.

Playful learning, and not drill-and-practice, engages and motivates children in ways that enhance developmental outcomes and life-long learning. If we hope to prepare intelligent, socially skilled, creative thinkers for the global workplace of tomorrow, we must return play to its rightful position in children's lives.

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Kathy Hirsh-Pasek  |  Roberta Michnick Golinkoff  |  Laura E. Berk  |  Dorothy G. Singer