This brilliant new book explains why early movement, songs, games and rhymes help child development and how they are absolutely essential for healthy brain development. Lullabies and nursery rhymes prepare the brain for language, rough and tumble play develops the neural circuits. The latest neuroscience proves that the old fashioned way was right all along!
Fifty-five per cent of parents admit they never read to their child. Toddlers watch 4.5 hours of TV daily. More children are obese, enter school developmentally delayed and need special education. So Sally Goddard Blythe draws on neuroscience to unpack the wisdom of nursery rhymes, playing traditional games and fairy stories for healthy child development. She explains why movement matters and how games develop children’s skills at different stages of development. She offers a starter kit of stories, action games, songs and rhymes.
Sally Goddard Blythe is Director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology, a respected researcher of children’s learning difficulties and an authority on remedial programmes. Her books include The Well Balanced Child, What Babies and Children Really Need and Reflexes, Learning and Behaviour.
“Sally Goddard Blythe is an inspiration to the growing number of people who see a genuinely ‘holistic developmental’ perspective as essential to understanding and supporting young children. Here, you will find the simple virtues of ‘music and movement’ and child-raising wisdom allied with the latest neuroscientific insights to show just why the ‘old-fashioned’, pre-technological ways often had it right all along.”
Dr Richard House, Research Centre for Therapeutic Education, Roehampton University