MEDIA and Waldorf Education

MEDIA and Waldorf Education

The Marin Waldorf School created a beautiful piece that very accurately reflects the position of many Waldorf Schools regarding media.

“Our experience, as a school and as a movement, is that popular culture, especially as expressed through various forms of media, overwhelms children’s thinking and imagination. We make a conscious effort to quiet pop culture and media awareness in order to make room for the development of intellectual curiosity and a healthy and authentic sense of self. Waldorf education strives to awaken a children’s excitement and enthusiasm for learning through a curriculum rich in academic and artistic expression.”
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Our Director’s Thoughts on Media

Our Director’s Thoughts on Media

One of the things I have consistently noticed in observing children’s play is the powerful influence television and movie characters have. Not only in how they play but also in their ability to play and engage their own creative force.

Coles notes version of what we strive for in my own home:

  1. Zero media for children under 2
  2. Highly selective media for all children and ALWAYS with a parent present for guidance.
  3. Our family benefited from routine and rhythm around our media consumption
    in the form of “movie night” or “Little House on the Prairie Night
  4. No hand held devices for children under 10 (no tablets, no ipods, no phones)
  5. Equivalent time outside IN WILD NATURE for every moment spent in front of a screen.

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Unique Volunteer Opportunity

Unique Volunteer Opportunity

Girl and boy playing in snow

Get Your ECE Hours

Not to mention a valuable unique work experience

Join our Outdoor Preschool Group Fridays 8:45-11:45

Want to learn more about outdoor preschool? Thinking about being outside more in your program? We are looking for volunteers to be our extra set of eyes and ears at preschool on Friday mornings. Join us as we play in the great outdoors!

For more information email info(at)lovinglearning.com

Learning to Walk

Yesterday my son learned to walk.

That is to say that he walked across the room to me without falling to his knees and crawling the rest of the way. It is a skill he has been working on for the past few weeks. He took his first “step” about a month ago and has been averaging 3 or 4 here and there until yesterday when he walked several times to his destination. A milestone for certain in his development.

Last night he woke around midnight and cried for half an hour straight. Waking in sobs, refusing to nurse, nothing I did would console him. Eventually I lit a candle which seemed to calm him down and gave him a carrot to chew on this seemed to help ground him and he eventually settled back into a fitful sleep in which he cried all night long. My son is 13 months old and has always been an avid nurser. In fact before last night I can’t think of a single time he refused to nurse when he was in distress.

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Child Development from the Perspective of Anthroposophy

Child Development from the Perspective of Anthroposophy

“The three stages in the child’s development are usually not granted enough importance, yet they more or less determine the whole manner in which the child can become a human being inhabiting the Earth”

~ Rudolf Steiner
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Steiner presents to us the idea of seven-year periods of child development, the well known early years, the years between the change of teeth and puberty and the years of adolescence. He taught in his lectures that each of these phases of development must be completed before the next one is awakened if we are to build a strong foundation for our children’s capacities.

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Choosing an Alternative to Conventional Preschool

Choosing an Alternative to Conventional Preschool

A look inside Montessori & Our Program inspired by Waldorf Education

For many parents choosing the school their child attends is a conversation that happens even before conception. It factors into where they choose to live, how much money they need to make and how many children they have.

Education for the whole child

Maria Montessori and Rudolf Steiner both had a strong sense of societal reform built into the content they were teaching. They believe in developing the whole child, teaching children to think for themselves and, above all, showing them how to avoid violence. These are beautiful ideals which will help build a better world for the future.

Preserving Childhood

Rudolph Steiner and Maria Montessori both believed in the importance of childhood and in protecting children from the stress facing adults.

Child Development Focused

Each use curricula which are developmentally appropriate and have based their education on the needs of children and not on governmental curriculum. Read more

Lending Library

Lending Library

Join our lending library and gain access to a large assortment of books on child development and works by Rudolf Steiner. It costs $10 to join and your $10 goes towards the cost of a book should you happen to like it so much you forget to bring it back to us. Each member may sign out one book at a time and we encourage you to bring them back within 2 weeks.

We would also love to hear your thoughts about any of the books you read in our lending library please do consider sharing them on our Facebook page or in a parent circle or study group. Tell your friends and help spread the word we are all on this journey together!

The Kingdom of Childhood

One of the things I have learned in my life is that I build strong connections and associations to information I take in while I am doing a simple task with my hands. The strongest example of this I have is that I learn new songs while I wash dishes and chop vegetables. I copy out lyrics by hand and then tack them near my kitchen sink where I can easily glance up at them until I learn them by heart. Read more

ReThinking the Colorful Kindergarten Classroom

ReThinking the Colorful Kindergarten Classroom

The space we inhabit on a daily basis leaves a deep impression upon our psyches. How calm or busy this environment is can say much about our inner lives though for most of us we don’t even notice it. One of the most significant differences of a classroom inspired by the Waldorf philosophy is the quality contained within the space. Parents remark on it consistently.

In this article from the New York Times Jan Hoffman reports on a new study about the effects of busy walls on a child’s ability to focus and concentrate on their work. Read more

Outside the Box

JanMarApr2009 037 (Small)I am a rather unconventional person by nature and boxes do not become me.

Instead of applying for the traditional funding through a bank or community futures I have opted to do something called crowd funding. This is where you ask the community to support your project by purchasing small gifts or donating money to your cause. It is a feel good approach to financing that seemed to fit the project so much better than a cold bank loan.

My goal is to raise $5000 by the end of July.

This is the break down of how that money will be spent:

  • $750 deposit on our space
  • $1500 first months rent in August
  • $1500 furniture (play kitchen, cubbies, benches, play stands)
  • $750 toys (play silks, wooden animals)
  • $500 renovations

I really hope the community will get behind me on this. It doesn’t take much and every little bit counts!
You can view the campaign here.

 

The Vital Role of Play

The Vital Role of Play

Why is it so important that we give our children opportunity for free play?

How could sending my child to an enrichment activity possibly harm their development?

Joan Almon explores the rational behind the “play principle”…

“creative play is a central activity in the lives of healthy young children.
It helps children weave together all the elements of life as they experience it. It allows them to digest life and make it their own. It is an outlet for the fullness of their creativity, and it is an absolutely critical part of their childhood. With creative play, children blossom and flourish; without it, they suffer a serious decline.”

Read the full article in the Waldorf Library here >

Why My Baby Always Wears a Hat

Why My Baby Always Wears a Hat

Many people have commented on the hat my son is always wearing. They say it is beautiful, ask if I knit it or are surprised when they see how bald my baby is for the first time. His lack of hair is not why he is always wearing a hat nor is it the reason he has no hair, all of my children have been rather bald in the beginning. No the reason my son always wears a hat is because I am doing what I can to ensure he reaches his full potential.

If this sounds odd or you are unsure how wearing a hat contributes to human development then read on. Read more