good egg books have hatched!
I have been working with Playcentre Publishers for 33 years and very sadly, this era has come to an end. Ako Books (Playcentre Publishers) closed its doors as of March 2016. "Magic Places" and "Dance with me in the Heart" are now available under the Good Egg Books label.
"The Sacred Urge to Play: unfolding your child's intelligence, imagination, creativity and joy for Life" is my newest book, written in consultation with Kimberley Crisp - so it's Our Book. It hatched in October 2016 and is flying out of the Nest far and wide.
to purchase: www.goodeggbooks.co.nz
Soft cover, 120 pages, 210mm x 163mm, $25.95. ISBN978-0-473-35500-5
Published in 2016 by Good Egg Books, Thames, New Zealand
All children are born creative. Our task is to ensure they stay that way.
This little book, first published in 1983, has all the information and inspiration adults need to make sure that every child in their care retains their creativity. It addresses the question people have about what art activities are suitable for the child under three when children's consciousness is a world away from our own creative consciousness.
Guardians of children's creativity pave the way for children to become initiators. artists, innovators and inventors in the chosen fields - be that the science, education, engineering, the arts, technology... or parenting
Written for parents and teachers of children up to 11 years
In three parts
The first part covers the four stages of creativity with guidelines for adults to support each stage.
Part two details the stages of creative development of children under seven,
Part three gives practical tips on setting up an environment which is 'creativity heaven' for young children.
Illustrated throughout with photos and children's art work, this book is essential reading for all adults who believe that children's creativity is too precious to squander unwittingly.
Dance With Me in the Heart
Soft cover, 128 pages, 210mm x 163mm, $25.95. ISBN 978-0-473-36146-4
First published in 2008, revised in 2014
Published in 2016 by Good Egg Books, Thames, New Zealand
Every baby arrives on this planet expecting partnership, and every child is genetically coded to be one half of that sacred first partnership.
Dance With Me in the Heart offers guidelines for parents and teachers in following their hearts. It is 'heart intelligence' that weaves warm, loving partnerships between adults and babies, and it is this first partnership that lays the blueprint for every other relationship to follow. We adults are the senior dance partner, and our babies are relying on us to get the steps of the Heart Dance right.
"When my eldest daughter announced recently that she was expecting her first child, she asked me to recommend a book that was "consistent with all the brain research but also just told you how to do it" - I gave her this book."
Nathan Wallis, M.Ed, Educational Cognitive Neuroscientist
“Pennie’s simple yet profound approach will give you more parenting pleasure and your children will thrive. I recommend Dance with me in the Heart for all parents everywhere.”
Dr Sarah Buckley, MB, ChB, Dip Obst.
Author of “Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering”
This book is inspired by the work of Dr Emmi Pikler and Joseph Chilton Pearce.
A Spring hatching. At last, after talking about writing this book for three years, it is off the printing press. Order yours now.
The Sacred Urge to Play:
Unfolding your child's intelligence, imagination, creativity and joy for life.
Pennie Brownlee with Kimberley Crisp
Soft cover, 192 pages, 210mm X 163mm. $35.95. ISBN 978-0-473-37117-3
Published by Good Egg Books, Thames, New Zealand
A guide book to play for parents and teachers of young children from 0-7
Within the pages of this book you’ll find all you need to make play central in the lives of your own children and/or in the lives of the children you teach.
Neuroscientists have isolated three pivotal factors for “a complex brain to create itself” during the first seven years of life. The first factor is emotional nurture, that warm, empathetic relationship that grows into trust in human beings. Along with emotional nurture goes conversation; the child and adult enjoy each other’s company, they enjoy talking together. The third factor is play and lots of it.
The living and learning that happen through play offers each child their best chance for health, happiness, and success in education and living - both now and in the future. There is no hurry for ‘school’ learning. Study after study shows that leaving formal cognitively-based learning until after the brain has laid down the foundations required for abstract learning gives our children a ‘head’ start.
Here is a link to a website that is a Pikler treasure trove:
The Pikler Collection
“The first years of life, including the first months, have a decisive impact on the later development of the individual. This is the foundation on which everything else is built. If this foundation is strong, the structure is better able to withstand shocks. Because of this, we try to secure the most favourable circumstances for the child, especially at the beginning, which gives him an advantage in his development, which will serve him his entire life.”
Dr Emmi Pikler
The Pikler approach is based on a respectful relationship between an adult and infant, through choreographed tender care moments, a naturally paced motor development, free movement and uninterrupted play.
Here are the links for the website:
and for the Pikler Collection facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ThePiklerCollection/
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