The Well Balanced Child
Movement and Early Learning
The Well-Balanced Child is a passionate manifesto for the importance of movement in early years’ education.
Concern about the increasingly sedentary lifestyle of young children is reaching unprecedented levels. Around a third of British children are overweight, reflecting the decline of traditional outdoor pursuits in favour of electronic games and television. A raft of studies shows that the early years are a crucial window of opportunity, during which the brain is primed for learning through exercising the body and the senses. Yet children of today have less movement opportunities in their daily lives than any previous generation.
Sally Goddard Blythe, a leading expert in neuro-physiological development, argues for a ‘whole body’ approach to learning, which integrates the brain, senses, movement, music and play. Using case studies and the latest research, she demonstrates:
- Why movement matters
- How music helps brain development
- The role of nutrition, the brain and child growth
- Practical tips for parents and educators to help children with learning and behavioural problems