What Did Einstein Use?
A book that I routinely recommend to parents of young children is “Einstein Never Used Flashcards.” The authors, Kathy Hirsh Pasek, Ph.D. and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., both highly respected child psychologists, offer a compelling indictment of the growing trend toward accelerated learning during the early years. Their message is one that stressed-out mothers and fathers may be delighted to hear: letting the little ones learn through play is not only okay – it is better than drilling academics.
I commend these authors for their extensive research on the superior educational benefits of play and their application of play-based learning to math, reading, communication, science, self-awareness, social skills, etc. However, I do have one minor criticism. While they emphatically point out that Einstein never used flashcards, other than references to different types of play, they do not fully discuss something else very special he did use to develop his brain during the early years.
And that something else very special is music. Einstein’s mother was a gifted musician, so he was immersed in tone and rhythm right from birth and spent a lot of time fiddling around with various instruments such as the violin long before he entered school. Consequently, given its wonderful combination of play and music, I think little Einstein would have felt perfectly at home at Romp n’ Roll.