WITH STARS IN THEIR EYES
Brain Science and Your Child’s Journey toward the Self
In this book readers will find not only a heart-filled rendering of the gentle ways young children have been traditionally raised and educated, but also cutting-edge research that supports these practices. With love as the foundation, and through the neural tapestry created by joyful movement, music, art, stories, and play, we feed and bathe the brain of the young child. These deep connections with life are woven together during childhood to become the wholeness we call “I”.
Each chapter offers ideas for bringing this new science and these time-honoured ways into the home and classroom. Parents, educators, and everyone who has ever loved and cared for a child will find research, humour, wisdom, and a new paradigm that marries ageless wisdom with the new science of the human brain and heart.
“Friends, parents, educators, read this inspiring book. Sharifa’s research offers a rare and compelling marriage of the science of facts and figures and the science of the heart.”—Cynthia Aldinger, author, Life Is the Curriculum, and founder of LifeWays North America
“Sharifa’s book is an uncommon meld of the science behind child development and the esoteric. She brings forward valuable current research and applies it directly to ways of being with children in an honouring and deeply loving way that empowers their growth as resilient, coherent and empathetic human beings.”—Carla Hannaford, PhD, biologist, international educational consultant, author of Smart Moves and Playing in the Unified Field.
How to Use This Book
Introduction: The Science of Connection
Gentle Ways and Hard Science for the Early Years
The Love Connection
The Nature Connection
The Spiritual Connection
Introduction: The Science of Childhood
Exploring Self and the World through the Senses
Making Sense of Self and the World through Movement
Art and Stories: Tools to Imagine the Self
Creative Play: The Art and Practice of Becoming Oneself
May 2019; Illustrations: B/W & colour; SB; 276pp; 23 x 19cm; pb;
£25.00 ISBN 9781621482260