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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Celebrating Spring with the Young Child Celebrating Spring with the Young Child
Friday, May 20, 2016

Spring is a time for great celebration especially at Maine Coast Waldorf school after the long, cold Maine winters.  We dance and sing around the May Pole with crowns of flowers on our heads as an official welcome to spring, but the real celebration with the youngest children is in the daily discoveries.   My […]

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Why So Much Time Outside? Why So Much Time Outside?
Friday, April 17, 2015

This week, we would like to share a few links to articles that explore some of the reasons that we feel time in nature is so essential to children’s healthy development.  We make sure all of our classes get plenty of outdoor time- including time in the woods- because we know that even though society […]

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Community Modeling: a Forest Friday Visit from Our Seventh Grade. Community Modeling: a Forest Friday Visit from Our Seventh Grade.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

In some ways, it was like an old western. Over the horizon came the seventh grade, and like a herd pulled by invisible strings, the kindergarteners stopped what they were doing and gathered round. The seventh grade, under the guidance of Ms. Chace, were joining us for a romp in the woods.   Each kindergartener was paired with a seventh […]

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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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The Media and Waldorf Education:  Part One The Media and Waldorf Education: Part One
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Waldorf education takes a developmental approach to education.  By that, we mean at certain phases of human development, there are windows of opportunity to develop particular skills and capacities. Missing these developmental moments means a child has to work that much harder to develop what is needed. It is similar to this notion that one can, in fact, grow a […]

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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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Forest Fridays in Our Kindergartens Forest Fridays in Our Kindergartens
Thursday, October 2, 2014

September 19th marked the second week that the Merriconeag Kindergarten ventured into the woods for “Forest Friday”.   Wagons full of sand, stones, and tools in tow, we marched up the path towards the clearing that is our home base.   Last year’s senior class cleared the trail and built the story circle, put to […]

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Summer Rhythms Summer Rhythms
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Now that the days are so long, it is natural for families to shift their normal daily rhythms.  This can be especially true if school helps to form some of the daily and weekly rhythm the rest of the year.  Adjusting children’s daily rhythm to take advantage of summer’s gifts of light and warmth is […]

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Imitation, the Media, and the World of the Young Child Imitation, the Media, and the World of the Young Child
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Early in my Waldorf teacher training, I learned that young children learn through imitation.  It has taken me years to come to understand the myriad of ways in which this truth plays out in daily life.  Imitation is how children learn to walk, talk, and take on the specific values of their culture.  Learning through […]

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