A Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity and Free Time Create a Successful Child : How Play, Physical Activity, and Free Time Create a Successful Child (Paperback)

Author: Pica, Rae

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- More young kids are over-scheduled: The over-scheduling of kids' lives and the best ways to foster children's intellectual development are both hot topics among parents and childcare providers today. Parents who enroll their kids full-time in special classes, extracurricular academics, competitive sports, and other structured, high-commitment activities can create a pressure-cooker environment that may actually interfere with kids' natural development.
- Advocates making time for play to improve kids' learning: Renowned educational expert Pica looks at the many misconceptions under which today's parents are laboring. Among them are beliefs that "earlier is better"; achievement is more important than play; parents must be the architects of their child's future. Pica's book uniquely shows that young children learn best through movement and play, plus offers age-and stage-appropriate activities that stimulate kids' curiosity of the world to help parents raise a lifelong learner.
- Practical advice: Among the topics she discusses are what kids really need to prepare for school, activities that help kids learn, what's most intellectually stimulating to a child, what to look for in a preschool, when to get your child involved in sports, developmentally appropriate games, and how to instill values in your kids, such as empathy, confidence, and responsibility.

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Publisher Marlowe & Company
Mfg Part# 9781569242841
SKU 202951699
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1569242844
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.75T
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Editors Note What parent doesn't want their child to achieve and get a head start on the path to success? But, life today for young children has become a dress rehearsal for type-A adulthood— a competition to be the best. Parents have been led to believe that enrolling their kids full time in special classes, extracurricular academics, competitive sports, and other structured, high-commitment activities will give them an edge— leading to a pressure cooker environment that can interfere with kids' natural development. Young kids can spend their free time finger painting, playing in the sandbox, inventing games, and still turn out to be smart, talented, successful adults. In A Running Start, renowned educational expert Rae Pica looks at the many misconceptions under which today's parents are laboring. Among them are beliefs that "earlier is better" when it comes to athletics and academics; achievement is more important than play. This book shows how learning through play is vital to a child's development and fostering their unique personality. A creative childhood is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children, and Pica offers techniques on how to raise a child with the right balance of play and structured activity.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0240
Publisher Marlowe & Company
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