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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Thinking, Feeling and Willing in Waldorf Education Thinking, Feeling and Willing in Waldorf Education
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Waldorf education is an educational journey that works with and builds upon the stages of child development.  What a child needs at age 6 is entirely different from what a child needs at age 10 or 15.  Along with this comes the acknowledgement that every individual has something inherent to offer.  Often, when hearing of […]

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Sleep Sleep
Thursday, September 11, 2014

For parents of young children, sleep can be an all-consuming topic.  Some parents find it difficult to get enough; some children may struggle with falling and staying asleep.  Every family must make an individual decision regarding how best to handle and resolve the challenges that arise around sleep.   But it is essential to hold […]

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Transitions Transitions
Thursday, September 4, 2014

A new school year is beginning and across the country children, teachers and parents are preparing for the biggest transition of their year.  Transitioning from the end of a school year in June to summer, is relatively easy.  Generally this is a move from more structure to less.  In September, we brace ourselves for the […]

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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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A Purifying Tantrum A Purifying Tantrum
Friday, January 24, 2014

Every Thursday I am on my own for bedtime.  We have a solid routine, so normally it’s busy, but not overwhelming.  After two busier school days, my little boys were tired yesterday evening.  I was prepared: dinner was on time and we were winding down a little after six.  Bedtime has been so routine for […]

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Rhythms in Home Life Rhythms in Home Life
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Creating and maintaining the daily flow of activities is one of the most essential and most repetitive of parenting tasks.  It is well known that children thrive with predictable routines around mealtimes, sleep, and school.  The basic plan of the day is what we call the routine and it acts like the frame of a […]

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