Learning All The Time

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Da Capo Press, Jan 22, 1990 - Psychology - 169 pages
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The essence of John Holt's insight into learning and small children is captured in Learning All The Time. This delightful book by the influential author of How Children Fail and How Children Learn shows how children learn to read, write, and count in their everyday life at home and how adults can respect and encourage this wonderful process. For human beings, he reminds us, learning is as natural as breathing. John Holt's wit, his gentle wisdom, and his infectious love of little children bring joy to parent and teacher alike.
 

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Since the 1960s Holt has been an active, well-published ( How Children Fail, 1964; How Children Learn, 1967 ) supporter of the theory that "children are natural learners'' whose learning is subverted ... Read full review

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Contents

Reading and Writing
2
Reading and Trust
3
Thirty Hours
5
Discovering Letters
7
Exploring Words
9
Reading Readiness
11
Inventing the Wheel
14
Words in Context
19
Creating Knowledge
96
Building Understanding
98
Making Our Own Connections
100
Lessons in the Field
102
Putting Meaning into the World
103
Loving Music
108
Another Chance
109
Starting Early
110

Sensible Phonics
21
How Not to Learn to Read
28
With Big Bird
32
Spelling
36
Handwriting
39
Citizen in the World of Books
42
At Home with Numbers
46
Counting
47
Addition and Subtraction
50
A Homemade Adding Machine
54
Abstractions
57
Multiplication
58
Those Easy Tables
61
Multiplying Large Numbers
67
Fractions
70
On Infinity
73
Bootleg Math
75
Family Economics
80
Solving Problems
84
Riding Hunting and Arithmetic
89
Young Children as Research Scientists
94
Puzzles
95
On Practice
112
Suzuki
114
Theyve Got All the Exits Blocked
123
Feelings in Music
124
What Parents Can Do
126
Grownup Voices
127
Uninvited Teaching
128
The Power of Example
130
Teaching as a Natural Science
133
Whose Right Hand?
135
Correcting Mistakes
138
Praise Junkies
140
Unwanted Help
142
A Fine Line
145
The Nature of Learning
148
Three Misleading Metaphors
149
Learning Is Making Sense of Things
153
Living as Learning
158
Every Waking Hour
160
Index
166
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John Holt (1927-1985), one of this country's leading educational and social critics, was the author of ten influential books which have been translated into fourteen languages. Known both as a passionate reformer and as ”the gentle voice of reason” (Life magazine), John Holt offers insights into the nature of learning that are more relevant today than ever before.

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