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.”
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
Here we have a wonderful (if long) lecture from a veteran Waldorf educator David Blair on the essentials of Waldorf Education. If you would like to understand the concepts underlying why Waldorf educators do what they do this is an excellent starting point.
Young children are increasingly engaged in structured activities such as dance, music, soccer and while these are good they are losing the opportunity for unstructured play and it’s hurting their development.
Playing in a playground where every tree is carefully planted has a different quality than play that takes place in a natural environment. Think back to a camping trip where your children played for hours barely supervised and imagine spending even an hour at the park that way.
Children’s emotional and affective values of nature develop earlier than their abstract, logical and rational perspectives
This weekend I hosted our very first ever event. It was a Mother’s Day Tea in Peterson Creek Park. I wanted it to be a beautiful, special event for parents interested in attending and supporting our little preschool. The weather turned out perfectly and while attendance was smaller than I had hoped everything was beautiful and my efforts were not laid to waste.
I was so pleased at how it all turned out and would love to share the beautiful photos I snapped with you.
I look forward to next year and hope that you will attend.
* Special thanks to Sarah who brought a bucket full of gorgeous purple tulips to share with the mothers. What a very kind gift.
If you have been watching this website closely you may have noticed me shifting the programming around over the past few weeks. As our plans have evolved I have made adjustments to suit the needs of our interested parents and to make the preschool viable and workable for everyone.
I am happy to announce that as of today we have finalized our programming and you will see no more shifting of times or days. Outdoor classes will run Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Waldorf classes will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
We are pleased to be able to offer a full time program that will qualify for full subsidy rates.
Space is very limited in all of our programs so I do strongly suggest signing up soon if you don’t want to miss out.
“You will not be good teachers if you focus only
on what you do and not upon who you are.”
― Rudolf Steiner
As parents our role in our child’s lives is to provide a structure in which they can feel confident and secure about their place in the world. It is up to us to create an environment in which our children see us as a loving-authority. We have all become frustrated with our children from time to time, however when we are impatient or short tempered with our children we are failing to provide them with the security they need to develop fully. The path of parenting is one of growth.
Wow. I am so humbled and honored to have the opportunity to work with such and amazing and beautiful soul. It is my absolute pleasure to tell you that Lorisa Zazulak is going to be our ECE Teacher for both the outdoor and Waldorf programs at Loving Learning Preschool. Lorisa has an amazing background including implementing a Waldorf inspired program at UBC where she worked for many years. She brings a standard of care to her work that is not often seen in the childcare profession and I am so grateful to have her on our team.
She will be completing her Lifeways training over the next few months before starting with us in September where she can share her gifts with you and your children.
This is a story about how my journey and evolution as a parent and how I went from sneaking my child into kindergarten a year early to skipping grade 1 entirely in favor of an extra year of kindergarten. Seems crazy right? Well it was probably the best parenting move I ever made.
My son is a January baby. The 5th to be exact. 5 days off the enrollment cut off for public school in my province – 5 days. He is a tall child, certainly physically and mentally mature for his age and was my youngest. In his earliest years I had to frequently remind myself (and the rest of the world) of how little he was because he appeared a full year (or even two) older than he actually was.
My daughter is 10 this year and in grade 5. I can hardly believe how time has flown by and how far we have come. From very early on she was identified as needing “extra support” in the reading department. Our school had excellent resources and a wonderful reading program where she was given all of the tools, support and resources she needed to build those skills she was lacking. But guess what? None of them worked.
Nothing the school did to support her helped her catch up. She was pulled out of her class twice a week for three years and still just barely kept up to “approach expectations” as prescribed by the Ministry of Educations definition of a normal elementary school child. She struggled, she stressed and she learned that she couldn’t read as well as her peers and thus labelled herself “dumb” and “stupid”.
The New York Times sparked national media coverage with its front page story on why Silicon Valley parents are turning to Waldorf education. This film picks up where that story left off. “Preparing for Life” takes viewers inside the Waldorf School of the Peninsula where the focus is on developing the capacities for creativity, resilience, innovative thinking, and social and emotional intelligence over rote learning. Entrepreneurs, Stanford researchers, investment bankers, and parents who run some of the largest hi-tech companies in the world, weigh-in on what children need to navigate the challenges of the 21st Century in order to find success, purpose, and joy in their lives.
This is an article by Anna over at The Imagination Tree that speaks to the latest fad of Elf on the Shelf and why some of us parents reject the idea of a “spy for Santa”. Personally in our household we teach that Santa is the spirit of giving and thus he exists in the heart of everyone. Santa can never die or be discovered to be “not real” because every person has the capacity to give. I love Anna’s article and completely agree. Read more
Our world is changing at a rapid and dramatic pace. Every decade brings technological advances and unforeseen social change. So how can we prepare our children for a world we can’t envision? The best way to do that is to educate our children to develop three essential capacities: a capacity for vibrant and vigorous activity, a capacity for a sensitive and yet resilient emotional life, and a capacity for clear, focused, original, thinking. Read more