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Movement, Your Child’s First language How Movement and Music Assist Brain Development in Children Aged 3–7 Years Sally Goddard Blythe Composed By Michael Lazarev


192 pp.  
6" x 9"

Hawthorn Press

Published:  November 2018


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 Michael Lazarev’s ten songs and Goddard Blythe’s exercises that provide 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 Hétu, Educational Coordinator for International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM), and cofounder of Massage in Schools Association (MISA).

    “An inspiration.... 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, chartered psychologist, campaigner on early childhood, writer