“This book is simply essential for all parents and educators who really care about the well-being of children and the future of humanity”— Sylvie Hetu, International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) Educational Coordinator, Co-founder of the international Massage in Schools Programme.
Movement, Your Child’s First Language challenges our mainstream assumptions about early development and learning with a rich distillation of perennial wisdom and cutting-edge science. In this revolutionary new book, Sally Goddard Blythe eschews politically-correct accelerationism with her refreshing focus on children’s real age-appropriate needs – as opposed to the ones that impatient adults think they should have.
Based on whole-body approaches to learning developed by Sally Goddard Blythe and Michael Lazarev, Movement, Your Child’s First Language gives us an essential overview of child growth from age three to seven years. It explains why movement and music are essential for healthy brain development and learning, and includes tried and tested activities for helping children become school ready. Sally describes the neonatal reflexes, how children learn with their bodies, and explains the hidden dangers of speeding up childhood.
Two CDs within the book include 10 songs by Michael Lazarev and Goddard Blythe’s exercises that provide creative and enjoyable music and movement activities to help develop coordination and language skills, while the narrated action-stories and nursery rhymes will encourage children to move, listen, and learn.
This invaluable resource is suitable for use by parents, nursery providers, teachers, trainee teachers, early-years educators, health visitors, paediatricians, special needs teachers and educational psychologists.