Einstein Never Used Flash Cards

October 29, 2009, 0 Comments

Einstein Never Used Flash Cards – Roberta Michnick Golinkoff Ph.D. (Author), Kathy Hirsh-Pasek Ph.D. (Author), Diane Eyer Ph.D. (Author) Publishers Weekly “Play is to early childhood as gas is to a car,” say Hirsh-Pasek and Golinkoff, explaining that reciting and memorizing will produce “trained seals” rather than creative thinkers. Creativity and independent thinking, they argue, are true 21st-century skills; IQ and other test scores provide a narrow view of intelligence. The authors walk parents through much of the recent research on the way children learn, debunking such myths as the Mozart effect, and pointing out that much learning unravels naturally,…

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Potty Training

March 20, 2009, 0 Comments

Yipee!! Theo is officially potty trained! I started having harrowing thoughts of potty training him when he turned two. Books that I read talks about potty training boys between 2yrs and 3yrs, mainly because most of them should be ready by then. Many well-meaning friends tell me that since Theo speaks early (he was conversing when he was 20months old), I should potty train him since “pee pee” or “xu xu” was an easy word for him to say. But that is by no means what the term ‘readiness’ means. Some books advocate that if we observe a dry diaper…