Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Some wonderful articles written by the Waldorf Association of North America

The main goal for any Waldorf Inspired parent teacher is to develop the capacities (physical, mental,emotional and spiritual) which will serve your child throughout his or her life.Before you can truly achieve this,you need to:

1. have a real understanding of how a child develops at each stage and what the child needs while passing through each stage.

2.offer creative methods which stimulate your child and engage him/her in an integrated approach.

3.have the skills and practice to model and lead the children, yourself. If you are teaching a movement exercise, you need to practice it until you have down the correct movement because the child imitates... If you are reading a story or reciting a poem, you need to be so familiar with it that they are a part of your speech and not just word being read aloud...you need to master the art of beeswax, wet on wet, etc... the key is to learn these skills alone before introducing them to your child.


You must also be familiar with INTEGRATED form of study. This means simply, that subjects which are "normally" presented separately be presented in the same lesson so that they are integrated to one another. The more related they are, the more meaning they will have for the child.

The ultimate reward is a child who is fully involved in each lesson Their THINKING is stimulated, their FEELINGS really connect to the subject matter and they become ACTIVE in the lesson. This is the key to the Waldorf Approach.When a child is fully integrated, s/he has a deepened sense of understanding and a better grasp of the material presented. This goes way beyond traditional methods of memorizing or learning.

Young Children Today - Understanding Them and Helping Them

For the past 20 or more years we have watched a decline in the health and well-being of children in
North America. We have been concerned and, at times, preoccupied with the growing problems the
children present. Now it seems we have overlooked something that is just as strong as the problems:
this is a remarkable generation of children and young adults who have brought new levels of
awareness to the earth with them. They need our protection and help, but they also need our
recognition of the gifts they have brought. To read more click the link below.

 Early Childhood and the Consciousness Soul

What is particularly important for modern human beings is the development of the consciousness soul.
This is the newest aspect of the human soul, for the two lower soul forces were developed in earlier
epochs. It is our current epoch, beginning with the Renaissance and continuing for about 2000 years, that
provides the conditions with which humanity as a whole can develop this higher soul capacity. It is the
consciousness soul that carries a full awareness of the soul nature of the human being and also serves as a
bridge to an understanding of the spiritual. In the future, humanity as a whole will be able to develop
spiritual capacities in a much fuller way than is possible today. Nevertheless, each human being is able to
develop soul and spiritual capacities to a large extent, if they so will, especially if their upbringing and
education are supportive of it. To read more click the link below.

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