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The Genius of Natural Childhood

Title:      The Genius of Natural Childhood
Categories:      First, Kindergarten, PreSchool, Birth to PreSchool, Play, Health, Early Childhood, Verses, Parenting, Games, Stories/Pedagogical Stories, Social Skills, Movement, Child Development, General Waldorf Curriculum, General Waldorf Education
BookID:      764
Authors:      Sally Goddard Blythe
ISBN-10(13):      978-1-907359-04-0
Publisher:      Hawthorn Press - UK
Publication date:      1-1-2011
Number of pages:      240
Language:      English
Rating:      0 
Picture:      cover
Secrets of Thriving Children

Fifty-two percent of parents admit they never read to their child. Toddlers watch 4½ hours of television 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.


  1. Movement and training the senses, rough and tumble play—why movement matters
  2. Music and language—prenatal development, movement and music, nursery rhymes
  3. Lullabies, rhymes and song—origins and uses
  4. Action songs and games for babies to preschoolers, massage and rhythm, finger play
  5. Power of fairy tales
  6. Day in the Garden, story for movement
  7. “Getting ready for school”—developmental factors to look out for; assessments of hearing and vision; where to go for help

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