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Wed, Nov 09



Book Club: The Importance of Being Little

"Indeed, playing games and laughing together are far more educational than drilling kids on their ABCs on the way to daycare"--Erika Christakis

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Book Club: The Importance of Being Little
Book Club: The Importance of Being Little

Time & Location

Nov 09, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM



About the Event

Read a good book, connect with child care provider peers and receive ECP credit!

Join Missoula child care provider, Meghan Higle, for a provider book club on the New York Times Bestseller, "The Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need from Grownups" by Erika Christakis.

The group will meet twice to discuss the book:

  • Wednesday, November 9th from 6pm-8pm
  • Wednesday, December 7th from 6pm-8pm

Participants will be sent discussion questions for the first half of the book prior to November 9th.  Participants who attend both sessions will be reimbursed for the book after submission of a receipt to Raise Montana.

Participants will recieve 10hrs of ECP credit.

Information about the book:

The New York Times bestseller that provides a  bold challenge to the conventional wisdom about early childhood, with a pragmatic program to encourage parents and teachers to rethink how and where young children learn best by taking the child’s eye view of the learning environment   To a four-year-old watching bulldozers at a construction site or chasing butterflies in flight, the world is awash with promise. Little children come into the world hardwired to learn in virtually any setting and about any matter. Yet in today’s preschool and kindergarten classrooms, learning has been reduced to scripted lessons and suspect metrics that too often undervalue a child’s intelligence while overtaxing the child’s growing brain. These mismatched expectations wreak havoc on the family: parents fear that if they choose the “wrong” program, their child won’t get into the “right” college. But Yale early childhood expert Erika Christakis says our fears are wildly misplaced. Our anxiety about preparing and safeguarding our children’s future seems to have reached a fever pitch at a time when, ironically, science gives us more certainty than ever before that young children are exceptionally strong thinkers. 

In her pathbreaking book, Christakis explains what it’s like to be a young child in America today, in a world designed by and for adults, where we have confused schooling with learning. She offers real-life solutions to real-life issues, with nuance and direction that takes us far beyond the usual prescriptions for fewer tests, more play. She looks at children’s use of language, their artistic expressions, the way their imaginations grow, and how they build deep emotional bonds to stretch the boundaries of their small worlds. Rather than clutter their worlds with more and more stuff, sometimes the wisest course for us is to learn how to get out of their way. 

Christakis’s message is energizing and reassuring: young children are inherently powerful, and they (and their parents) will flourish when we learn new ways of restoring the vital early learning environment to one that is best suited to the littlest learners. This bold and pragmatic challenge to the conventional wisdom peels back the mystery of childhood, revealing a place that’s rich with possibility.

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