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Over in the Pumpkin Patch

On October 3, 2012 By

Storytelling is an essential element of Waldorf early childhood programs. Nurseries and kindergarten children hear a story each day, sometimes the same story for several weeks,  often a nursery rhyme, folk or fairy tale reflecting the mood of the season. Sometimes a story is told with puppets and props. Materials used for storytelling [...]

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I am delighted to bring you a picture of Terri’s Morning Garden, joyfully tended by, Terri Petrie.  Terri welcomes  children from 18 months to 9 years of age and has been doing this work for the past decade. Teri’s Morning Garden  program is located on the edge of a wood and a [...]

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by Christine Natale

What is Science?

Let’s begin by trying to get a real, working understanding of how Science is actually defined.

Science

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Science (from Latin: scientia meaning “knowledge”) is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations [...]

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 I am delighted to bring you a picture of Stephen Spitalny’s Kindergarten. Stephen Spitalny is a long time kindergarten teacher and teacher trainer. He is the recent editor of Gateways, the journal for early childhood teachers. He has written many inspiring and helpful articles on early childhood. He is the author of a [...]

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The Sense of Balance

On January 10, 2012 By

 “Forget the Baby Einstein videos and academic preschools.  Body mastery must come first in order for the brain to be most receptive for all other learning.”

Balance is the last of the four foundational senses of which I have written in the past four issues:

The Sense of [...]

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Waldorf education is said to be the fastest growing form of independent education in the United States. Many families now come to Waldorf education from exposure on the internet. But what do we really know about Waldorf education in the United States? Waldorf education began in the United States nearly 100 years ago [...]

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The Sense of Movement ~ Part Two

On November 26, 2011 By

Last month hopefully it became apparent that the key concept for the sense of self-movement was sufficient time in the horizontal plane so that:

1) spatial orientation is well grounded (the body’s internal map)

2) the crawling stage evolves easily, leading to proper stimulation for brain development and eventually an upright human being, [...]

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We continue our journey of the twelve senses recognized by Rudolf Steiner, focusing on the first four known as the Foundational Senses. Upon the strength or weakness of these four senses, the human being will meet the world with certainty or hesitation. To review, these Foundational Senses build three capacities in a child: Body Geography [...]

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The Sense of Life

On September 13, 2011 By

Last month, I began writing about the twelve senses recognized by Rudolf Steiner. The first four form a group known as the Foundational Senses. Upon the strength or weakness of these four senses, the human being will meet the world with certainty or hesitation. To review, these Foundational Senses build three capacities in [...]

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When a child is born, he or she has quite a job to do.

In the past few decades we have lost sight of this task, but we must work to develop respect for it again: the job of growing into the physical body. Though not often recognized by experts, it takes roughly seven years [...]

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