Blog :: Connecting with Young Children : A Give Away
We have a lovely give away for you this month from Stophen Spitalny, Waldorf early childhood teacher, musician and author. To the readers of The Wonder of Childhood, Stephen is offering a copy of his book Connecting with Young Children: Educating the Will.
In the words of Lisa Boisvert Mackenzie, the Wonder of Childhood Editor, on Connecting with Young Children: Educating the Will:
“Have you experienced a parent night in a Waldorf kindergarten in which your child’s teacher brings some nugget of wisdom that speaks to the challenge you are experiencing with your child? This book is full of those nuggets for parents. For early childhood teachers, the book offers pictures of challenging situations within the classroom as well.
This book is a rich and helpful handbook for parents, teachers and child care providers. Stephen Spitalny weaves together words from Rudolf Steiner with the developmental picture of early childhood including: the senses, example and imitation, the language we use and the language we do not need to use, conflict resolution and the inner work of the adult all within the context of relationship and healthy development of the will.
Spitalny gives us pictures of practical application of these ideas through vignettes of life with children, based on his own research, experience and observation. This book makes a much needed and greatly helpful addition to the few books available in the world of Waldorf focused specifically on the adult/child relationship and the tools we have for peaceful and meaningful cohabitation.”
From Connecting with Young Children: Educating the Will:
” The key to avoidance of most conflict situations is to be aware of the child’s developmental stages and their needs, and be proactive in assuring those needs are met. Plan, and plan ahead! I mentioned this earlier in this chapter – the daily rhythm of meal times and rest times, an so on eliminates so much conflict. The child’s growing body has a huge need for nutrition and rest, and caring for those needs is the adult’s responsibility. Consistently and rhythmically meeting the child’s needs for nourishment, rest, exercise, play, warmth, attention eliminates most conflicts and allows the child to be int he moment where they belong.”
Stephen Spitalny, author of Connecting with Young Children: Educating the Will is offering ONE copy of his book as a give away to ONE of our readers. Stephen and his work in the Waldorf kindergarten is featured in this month’s Spotlight on Early Childhood Interview, here.
To enter, please:
1. Share the link to this Give Away or to the Interview with Stephen Spitalny on FaceBook or Twitter, on Twitter please use the hache tag#
2. In the comments below share one of the things that makes discipline hard for you
The Give Away will close on Sunday March 4th
and the winner will be posted right here___________________
on Monday March 5th