The Genius of Natural Childhood

Secrets of Thriving Children

Sally Goddard Blythe / Paperback
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Many children are just not ready for school at age 5. One reason may be that busy parents have abandoned nursery rhymes, bedtime stories, singing lullabies and playing with their children. Sally Goddard Blythe uses neuroscience to show just why such ‘old fashioned ways’ are the secrets of thriving children in her eagerly awaited new book, The Genius of Natural Childhood

Sally Goddard Blythe, director of The Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology, says that what is important is using music, singing and lullabies to playfully get a baby ready for language. She suggests using fairy tales to teach moral behaviour and empathy. She shows, using neuroscience, how movement with singing games such as Pata-cake, Pat-a-cake and rough and tumble play enable children to learn motor skills and self control naturally.
Without such activities, a large proportion of five year olds are held back by baby reflexes, which can stop them holding a pencil properly or learning to read, for example. A Northern Ireland study found traces of baby reflexes in 48% of first year children and 35% of fourth years.

ISBN: 978-1-907359-04-0