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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Roost Books (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590308190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590308196
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An enlightening read, this book not only contains creative and practical organizational solutions, but is full of inspiring lesson ideas for every area of learning.”—Parents & Kids Magazine


“Parents, teachers, and caregivers alike will treasure this superb book! Mariah Bruehl brings the wisdom of a gifted educator and the heart of a devoted parent to each insight and activity contained within its pages. Readers will appreciate the warmth and accessibility with which she shares her ideas as much as the joyful family memories and passion for lifelong learning that are sure to follow.”—Emma Walton Hamilton, author of Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment

“Chock-full of amazingly inventive suggestions for how to educate your child in the home. Mariah Bruehl offers a world of inspiration and engagement where literacy development becomes play and where play becomes purposeful and educational. Her knowledge of children’s development and her deeply attuned understanding of the importance of relationship-building with your child make this book a true winner.”—Pam Allyn, author of What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child—and All the Best Times to Read Them “A great guide for parents who want to encourage a child’s joy and wonder.”—Portland Book Review

About the Author

Mariah Bruehl has worked in the field of education for over a decade. She has an MS in Elementary Education from the Bank Street College of Education, was a classroom teacher for four years at the Dalton School, and worked in Early Childhood and Elementary Administration for six years at the Hampton Day School, the Ross School, and the Ross Institute Academy. She has taught in the classroom, trained teachers, implemented programs across many grade levels, and developed and implemented curriculum. Her educational influences include the Reggio Emilia Approach, Maria Montessori, and Howard Gardner. She is currently a stay-at-home mother of two girls and the owner of Playful Learning— a retail space and education center in Sag Harbor. Learn more at www.playfulearning.com.

More About the Author

Mariah Bruehl has worked in the field of education for over a decade. She has taught in the classroom, developed curriculum in many different subject areas, trained teachers, and implemented programs across many grade levels.

For more ideas on engaging learning experience for children, visit her award-winning website, Playful Learning (www.playfullearning.net). Mariah also offers dynamic and interactive online classes for both parents and children at the Playful Learning Ecademy (http://playfullearning.net/ecademy/).

Customer Reviews

I have been a fan of your blog for quite some time, and the book is even better!
Michelle Lewis
I have utilized the great ideas for organizing a play & learn space, created the writing center, and done several projects.
Mom2two
I think any parent wanting to encourage their child's interests at home would benefit from reading this book.
Patricia B. Jennings

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Foss on August 10, 2011
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I've been reading early childhood education books for thirty years or so. It takes a serious gust to qualify as a breath of fresh air. This is it. This book artfully, masterfully, and very clearly presents a lovely marriage of the theories of Maria Montessori, Loris Malaguzzi, and Howard Gardner. What you get is an accesible and immediately implementable roadmap to the best of Montessori, Reggio Emelia, and Harvard Project Zero. It's absolutely not a theory book though--it's all very practical. This a visually inspiring book full of hands-on reading, science, and social activities for children from three or four to about eight or nine. There is just enough child development background to give underlying meaning to the activities. There are reproducibles to make it come to life easily. And there are very thoughtful, helpful, and beautiful pictures to inspire the visual among us. This book has me happily reorganizing and purposefully planning to capture the joyful moments of my children's natural inquisitiveness and wonder right along with them.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Patricia B. Jennings on August 18, 2011
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As I start my 4th year of homeschooling (with a newborn baby added to the mix) I was looking at my homeschool "room" with dread. I knew I needed to make changes to the physical space but I just could not visualize it. Nor did I have time to peruse hundreds of blogs and scans dozens of pinterest pages. This book has enough inspiring pictures, printables, and practical ideas to get me going for the coming year. I think any parent wanting to encourage their child's interests at home would benefit from reading this book. If you like Mariah's blog, you will love her book. I wish I didn't live across the country and could visit her brick and mortar store in person!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Lewis on August 11, 2011
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I just got this book yesterday, and I am so excited to sit down and take my time with it. I read the section on the stages of writing first, and I have never read such an accessible, practical explanation of HOW to encourage developing writers. I have read plenty of theory, and seen the stages she writes about. But her book actually walks you through the reasons behind it while attaching it to the methods of encouraging a child to become a writer.

The book is full of practical examples, beautiful photos of learning spaces, easy-to-make learning activities.

Thank you so much for writing such a practical and inspiring book. I have been a fan of your blog for quite some time, and the book is even better!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Ferrell on April 3, 2012
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This book provides a lot of ideas and good information. Even if you were to think of the ideas on your own, the author gives you books to read to reinforce and build on the activities for every section. It is very well laid out and attainable for most everyone. I had education experience and college training before having children, but I do not believe this book would be a waste of money for anyone. She includes stages of development and activities for writing, reading, math, science, art, and more that include supply lists, instructions, books to help inspire, and ways to expand the activity. I was a little skeptical of the age range listed, but after reading the book I am sure my 7.5 year-old son will enjoy most of these activities with my younger children. The only weakness I found in this book was the reading section which is definitely very heavy in the whole language approach to teaching reading (which research has repeatedly shown to not be the best approach). That being said there are still ideas in that section that can be used, but using a phonics based approach. I am so glad that I bought this book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sweetcitywoman on October 7, 2011
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Playful Learning is a delightful book about children, how they learn and how the
family can support and encourage them.

If you're concerned about the education of your young children or those you teach and love or if you're just concerned about education in this country in general and the impact on all aspects of our society then this is the book for you! Families need this kind of resource and expertise to support their children's growth and learning in the complex world we live in. Recent articles and research going back as far as the `70s show that too much emphasis on academic achievement at an early age can create a variety of antisocial behavior including social violence (In Defense of Learning, [...], Brodsky Chenfeld, M (2006 June) Hand Cuff Me Too, Phi Delta Kappan, 87(10) 745-747. Burgard, M (2007, April 2) Into School, Out of Control:Nowadays Even the Youngest Students Turn to Violence, Hartford Courant, April 12, 2007 Bruehl emphasizes the importance of engaging a child's interest, focusing on fun and not forcing the timetable and activity but allowing the child to learn at their own pace and as interest dictates during early childhood.
Mariah Bruehl is an early childhood education expert who had a dream to start her own school using her ideas about how children learn and keeping the natural joy and playfulness in their education. The opportunity to help start a new school came to her that would provide children a world-class education and all that was necessary for a successful life. She was surrounded with brilliant teachers and educators creating an early childhood and elementary school that was one of the most innovative in the country.
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