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Good Ideas

How to Be Your Child's (and Your Own) Best Teacher
Narrated by: Michael Rosen
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

Learning can be much more fun - and former children's laureate, million-selling author, broadcaster, father of five, and all-round national treasure Michael Rosen wants to show you how.

We live in a world surrounded by all the stuff that education is supposed to be about: machines, bodies, languages, cities, votes, mountains, energy, movement, plays, food, liquids, collisions, protests, stones, windows. But the way we've been taught often excludes all sorts of practical ways of finding out about ideas, knowledge, and culture - anything from cooking to fixing loo cisterns, from dance to model making, from collecting leaves to playing 'Who am I?'. The great thing is that you really can use everything around you to learn more.

Learning should be much more fun and former children's laureate, million-selling author, broadcaster, father of five, and all-round national treasure Michael Rosen wants to show you how. Forget lists, passing tests, and ticking boxes, the world outside the classroom can't be contained within the limits of any kind of curriculum - and it's all the better for it. Long car journeys, poems about farting, cake baking, even shouting at the TV can teach lessons that will last a lifetime. Packed with enough practical tips, stories, and games to inspire a legion of anxious parents and bored children, Good Ideas shows that the best kind of education really does start at home.

©2014 Michael Rosen (P)2014 John Murray Press

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This really does push you to be a better parent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Without a doubt would I recommend this book to anyone who'll listen. It's made me think a lot more about the little interactions with my child and what I can do in every situation to make this better for her.

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Perfect - informs and entertains

This was the book I’d hoped it would be. It had interest and wit mixed with knowledge and charm. I think my 7 & 3 year olds will benefit from my listening. It points out what you already do well and shows you how to (or not) do others.

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compelling with fantastic narration

A great book with brilliant ideas made even better by Rosen narrating himself in his inimitable style. Really fun listen.

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Question after question after question

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not at all sure who this book is aimed at, parents who want to get involved more in their kids education will already be doing all the stuff in here

What was most disappointing about Michael Rosen’s story?

He asks question after question, with only the occasional morsel of storytelling to make it a teeny bit interesting

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Rosen’s performances?

No

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