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A Moving Child Is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think (Birth to Age 7) Paperback – Nov. 13 2013

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“Everyone knows that a healthy diet is important for a growing child, but did you know that physical activity is absolutely essential for brain development? Many don’t, but Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy aim to fix that with A Moving Child Is a Learning Child . . . With a wealth of information and a plethora of ideas for implementation, this book is a must-read for parents as well as anyone working with young children.” ― San Francisco Book Review

A Moving Child Is a Learning Child interprets developmental movements and translates them into their correlating larger skill sets on the path to language, reading, writing, and being a healthy, social child . . . A brilliant read with beautiful photographs, diagrams, and layout.” -- Heidi Echternacht, kindergarten teacher and founder of #KinderChat

“This groundbreaking book introduces a tool that supports the full, natural development of movement and learning in young children, enabling teachers, parents, and caregivers to facilitate learning through active play while respecting each child’s individual needs.” -- Darell Hammond, founder and CEO of KaBOOM!

“This valuable research demonstrates that the way children learn best is through interaction and movement . . . [
A Moving Child Is a Learning Child] helps adults understand why children don’t sit still, run, jump, skip and fidget . . . and why it is so critically important to their brain development and learning!” -- Deborah McNelis, acclaimed author of The Brain Development Series and founder of Brain Insights

“Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy, two highly respected leaders in their fields, have produced a timely book that makes a significant contribution to our understanding of why movement is so vital in young children’s development and learning. This exceptionally informative book will appeal to and be highly useful for parents/caregivers and anyone who works with or has infants, toddlers, and young children.” -- Cheryl Greenfield, M.Ed. (Hons), Manukau Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand

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Gill Connell is a globally recognized presenter and child development authority, specializing in the foundations of learning through movement and play. She provides developmental expertise to parents, preschools, schools, and companies such as Hasbro, Inc., based on her more than 30 years in preschool and primary education. She is the former national director of Gymbaroo Preschool Activity Centers and the founder of Moving Smart, Ltd. (, which offers resources, tools, trainings, and workshops. She coauthored the book Moving to Learn: An Essential Guide for All Parents, Carers and Educators. Gill lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, and travels regularly to the United States.

Cheryl McCarthy is a former vice president of intellectual property development for Hasbro, Inc. She is a 30-year veteran of the world of children’s play, specializing in young children’s storytelling and entertainment. As executive producer, she managed the creative development of properties such as My Little Pony, Candy Land, Mr. Potato Head, and many other beloved children’s icons. She is currently the creative director at Moving Smart, Ltd. Cheryl lives in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Free Spirit Publishing; Book with Digital Content edition (Nov. 13 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1575424355
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1575424354
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 767 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 18.42 x 1.73 x 23.5 cm
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