Movement, Your Child’s First language challenges 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—in contrast to those that impatient adults think they should have.
Based on whole-body approaches to learning developed by Sally Goddard Blythe and Michael Lazarev, this book 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.
Included on the two CDs within the book are ten songs by Michael Lazarev and Goddard Blythe’s exercises, which offer creative and enjoyable music and movement activities to help develop coordination and language skills, while the 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, early-years educators, health visitors, pediatricians, special needs teachers, and educational psychologists.
“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
Sally Goddard Blythe
is Director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology. She researches the relationship between physical development and learning. Her remedial programmes help transform childrens learning through movement.
Prof. Michael Lazarev heads the Children’s Rehabilitation Medicine Center in Moscow He researches how music helps children’s health and development.