The Winter Garden The Winter Garden
Sunday, December 4, 2016

  Deep mid-winter is drawing near There is darkness in our garden here— One small flame yet bravely burns To show the path which ever turns. Earth, please bear us as we go, Seeking Light to send a-glow Branches green and moss and fern, Mark our path to trace each turn. All the animals, teach […]

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The Young Child’s Urgent Need for Quiet The Young Child’s Urgent Need for Quiet
Monday, October 10, 2016

The young child is an open sense organ. Everything in the environment penetrates into her very being and affects the developing nervous system. Light, sound, activity and environmental toxins all bombard the young child of today.   With the eyes, the child has a means of shutting out this bombardment. She can close her eyelids […]

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Gleanings from the Waldorf Community
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

As the school year comes to an end, I would like to share a few articles from our colleagues around the country.  One of the things I appreciate most about being part of a Waldorf school community, is how far that community extends.  Waldorf schools all over the world are faced with many of the […]

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Parenting: Balancing Ideals with Realities Parenting: Balancing Ideals with Realities
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

We all have in our minds an idea about what it means to be a good parent.  We think of other parents we know, of our own parents and of moments we have witnessed between parents and their children, and all of these things influence the ideals we set for ourselves.  Ideals are important inspirations […]

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Games We Used to Play Games We Used to Play
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

At a recent parent evening, I was asked about homework in the younger grades and what parents could be doing at home to help their children. I responded that they should not “drill” their kids with math facts, but should play lots of games together as I assumed they were already doing. I was met […]

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Media & Waldorf Education, Part Two: Adolescence Media & Waldorf Education, Part Two: Adolescence
Saturday, January 31, 2015

By the time of adolescence, there are so many more issues to be concerned about regarding media use, than earlier in childhood. The stakes are much higher because the young person is naturally calling for more media consumption and, after years of arguing, negotiating and denying, parents are more likely to “Just say yes.” This […]

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Enjoying Nature with Young Children Enjoying Nature with Young Children
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

  As they say “baby, it is cold outside!” We are lucky to have four distinct seasons here in New England, but this winter it is cold. How does one actually “enjoy” nature with young children during the winter?   As a mother and early childhood teacher I can say that I have found many […]

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Meaningful Play Meaningful Play
Sunday, December 7, 2014

From parenting blogs to neurological studies, people are singing the praises of play these days. For decades, Waldorf education has been a forerunner proponent of play-based education, but what exactly is meaningful play? Is all play created equal?   Play is not just the act of “playing” but rather a creative impulse from within. Through play, children […]

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