Movement, Your Child's First Language: How Movement and Music Assist Brain Development in Children Aged 3-7 Years

Movement, Your Child's First Language: How Movement and Music Assist Brain Development in Children Aged 3-7 Years




Movement: Your Child's First Language offers young children a range of creative, enjoyable music and movement activities for developing coordination and language. The action-stories, songs and nursery rhymes will encourage children to move, listen, and learn. Based on the whole body approaches to learning developed by Sally Goddard Blythe, with music and poems by Michael Lazarev, Movement: Your Child's First Language includes: Early Morning by the Pond Action Story and A Day in the Garden Movement Story. Why movement is essential for healthy brain development and learning. The neonatal reflexes and how children learn with their bodies. The dangers for child growth of speeding up childhood. Two CDs with nursery action rhymes, stories and songs for parents to use. Tried and tested exercises for helping children become school ready. This invaluable resource resource is suitable for both parents and for people working with children such as early years educators, health visitors, paediatricians, special needs teachers and educational psychologists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781907359996
Publisher: Hawthorn Press
Publication date: 10/26/2018
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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 children's learning through movement.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

1 Are You Sitting Comfortably? 1

First Language 1

Movement Matters 5

What Does Music Do? 12

2 Learning to Move, Moving to Learn 17

Origins of Movement in Infancy 17

Reflexes of Position 18

The Landau Reflex 23

Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex 24

Reflexes Elicited by Touch 26

Rooting and Suck Reflexes 34

Spinal Galant Reflex 37

Postural Reflexes 39

3 Nursery Rhymes for Modern Times 45

4 Wings of Childhood 57

Instructions For Using the Songs and Movements 58

Sea Anemones 60

The Turtle 61

Caterpillar 62

Lizard 63

Crocodile 64

Peacock 65

The Bear 66

Deer 67

The Stork 68

Butterflies 69

5 Early Morning by the Pond 71

Underlying Principles of Motor Development 73

Sensory-Motor Development 74

Using the Stories and Movements Together 76

Cold Feet 77

Busy Bee 79

Christopher the Caterpillar 80

Flossie the Flower (Part 1) 82

Flossie the Flower (Part 2) 84

Christopher the Caterpillar 86

Bertie the Beetle (Part 1) 88

Bertie the Beetle (Part 2) 88

Christopher the Caterpillar 90

Felicity the Fish 92

Lizzie the Lizard 94

Berrie the Beetle 96

Tommy the Tadpole 98

Bertie the Beetle 100

Ali the Aligator 100

Catharina the Cat 102

Beatrice the Butterfly 104

Standing Statue 104

Stiff as a Soldier 104

Wilfred the Windmill 106

Beatrice the Butterfly 106

6 A Day in the Garden 109

A New Day 110

7 Are You Steady? Are You Ready? 125

Listening and Vocalising 145

Extract from: Where Do All the Teachers Go? by Peter Dixon 146

Extract from: The Cracked Ceiling by Peter Dixon 147

Creative Space and Imagination 147

8 Time to Begin 151

What Are Some of the Acknowledged Differences between Boys and Girls? 153

What Are the Positive Aspects of Male Differences and How Can These Be Nurtured in the Educational Environment? 154

Does Routine Screening Children for Developmental Delays Prevent Learning Problems? 168

Can Anything Be Done Later On? 170

Index 175

About the authors 183

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