The trend of educating our children younger and younger seems to have reached outrageous proportions. Testing and expecting 4-5-6 year olds to adhere to unrealistic expectations of reading and math have started a new trend in many schools – early grade burn-out.
By age 9, they have had years of too much, too soon and have grown weary and stressed out by forced early academics. The love of learning is squashed down by this approach. In the last 2 decades, children have lost over 8 hours of play per week.
What should a child this age be doing but enjoying life and playing?
“The ability to play is one of the best predictors we have of later mathematics & reading achievement.
Why does young children’s play lead to academic success? New studies offer a very good clue: Play promotes self-regulation. Self-regulation is the ability to control your own behavior, emotions and thinking. It is essential for learning in all areas.” – By JEFFREY TRAWICK-SMITH, The Hartford Courant
New research shows that in early childhood, playful learning is a much more effective method for children to learn. It uses the child’s natural curiosity and creativity.
There are greater gains in learning through playful learning than there is through direct instruction.
“Guided play advances cognitive skills like language, reading, math, as well as social skills like emotion regulation” says Dr. Katherine Hirsh-Pasek, psychologist and playful learning advocate.
In Waldorf homeschooling “Play” is the main focus of children under 7. Yet, there is a flowing rhythm to the day which includes in and out breath activities, imitation and balance.
“People will object that the children learn to read and write too late. That is said only because it is not known today how harmful it is… Reading and writing as we have them today are really not suited to the human being till a later age.. The more a child is blessed with not being able to read and write well before this age, the better it is for the later years of life. ”
- Rudolf Steiner, The Kingdom of Childhood
“ Before, I was feeling so overwhelmed! I learned that:
1) There are other families around the world feeling exactly the same.
2) It is possible to believe in and practice a Waldorf education.
3) It is crucial for me to have support & community to share ideas and experiences.
Now, I can use these tools to serve my family here and now.
I also loved Donna´s kind way to support me without any pressure. A homeschool mother´s life is not easy- We need guidance, support, sense of humor, inspiration, information and lot of compliments! ”
“Of all the benefits offered by Donna, I believe the most important is the support of The Waldorf Connection community to help us thrive throughout our homeschooling journey. Knowing I can ask questions and receive guidance to help us navigate our learning is going to be instrumental in our success.
I am thankful to have been able to connect with Donna and The Waldorf Connection at the early stages of my children’s education. I am also recommending it to all my friends who are considering homeschooling their children.
Thank you Donna and The Waldorf Connection!"
5 Amazing Things You’ll Experience from School for All Seasons
2) Educate your child with a natural, holistic approach of body, mind & spirit. We want balance for our children and this type of education touches all aspects of their being. Plus, a healthy dose of nature, seasons and festivals.
3)Expose them to the arts & music & movement.
Boost their academic power later in life. Musical activities stimulate development in every area of the brain.
Did you know that children learn and retain information better while the are in motion?
4)Create an enhanced environment where your child canthrive. You want the space your child lives in to be nourishing, and allow him the freedom to grow. By weaving nature and natural playthings into this space, your child will have the “tools” he needs for imagination and creative play.
5) Time Saving Teaching- know you are doing it right (without the stress of figuring it out alone). Getting the foundational pieces in place is the backbone of educating a young child. Your day is already full with child care and homemaking. The step-by-step teaching in School for All Seasons allows your personality to shine through, but gives you the tools to do it much more efficiently.
What if there was a simpler & easier way to bring Waldorf to your young child?
What if we could strip away the overwhelm and give you a plan to follow?
What if you could create this Holistic Education for your child— without spending all your time trying to figure out how to do it?
School for All Seasons is...
The how-to way to bring Waldorf-inspired living and learning to your young child.
Here's what's inside the curriculum...
*A Complete Sept-through-May themed curriculum (4 days per week)
*Weekly theme, All Stories, Book recommendations, Crafts, Projects & Recipes
*Interactive Pinterest Board links throughout (click & view projects, tutorials)
*4 Arts Tutorial Videos (Storytelling, Circle Time, Drawing, Wet Painting)
*Done-for-you Circle Time pak- Autumn, Winter, Spring simple circles
*Circle Time songs on mp3- listen and learn the songs so you can sing to your child
*Circle Time bonus training mp3 (the what and why of circle)
*Easy Festivals Guide- Follow through the year with Donna’s suggestions for celebrating
*Bonus Summer Month (4 weeks of themes)
+ Bonus Training Modules
Module 1: Creating the Foundation for Your Child
*Environment- learn to create the setting and nourish their soul
*Child development- the behind the scenes growth your child is doing
*Toys & Creative Play – give your child the correct tools
*How-To Video : Using Block Crayons Tutorial
Module 2: Daily Schedules & Routines
*Simple living -creating space for connection
*Daily & Weekly Rhythm & Schedules
*Discipline and Your Young Child- love & rhythm
*How-To Video : Wet-on-wet Painting Tutorial
Module 3: Circle Time & Artistic Expression
*Bringing the Arts to your child – boost their academic capacity
*Sprinkle in Festivals – connecting to rituals and people
*How to create a successful circle time – the easy way
How-To Video : Circle Time Mp3 & Verses
Module 4: Seasonal Curriculum
*Storytelling Using Props- simple to follow template
*Nature, Seasons & Crafts (includes the week-by-week curriculum and to use it)
*Next steps & Resources
*How-To Video : Telling stories with props
Why This Curricula Will Work for You...
I created this done-for-you guide that includes everything you need for your 3-6 year old. There is even a "what my child is learning" guide.
You can come into our FB group and ask questions for even more support!
The program gives you a digestible amount of theory and practical information, creating the balance needed to make it work. (And some awesome how-to videos.)
I’ve included *extras* like the videos, trainings and pinterest boards to make sure you understand what to do.
You will follow a complete guide to learn the basics of Waldorf from a experienced veteran homeschooling mom and mentor.
“I stumbled on to your wonderful website through Facebook and love the resources you have available This program is information packed (and I’ve only listened to 2 mp3s so far!). One idea I put into place immediately was decluttering our home space by removing a too large dining room table. Now with all the extra space, our home feels larger and it lightens the energy in our space. This course was just what I needed to get this done finally. Another amazing technique I use in my playschool is “quiet redirection.” We have a couple of very energetic children this year who are just beginning to understand how to appropriately interact with other children. When things are getting a little out of hand, I grab the modelling wax and start playing. It has worked 100% of the time to redirect the behavior, and everyone becomes more focused. Thank you so much for putting this together for educators like me! ” – By Angela Miki, Director/Teacher- Abbey Playschool
“One of the many things I really valued about the early years on-line course was the time that I carved out to be on the live calls. It made a huge difference to be spending focused, concentrated time on the main issue of my life (which is bringing up my child in the best way I can do). Usually I am trying to figure things out and problem solve on the run – with very little mind space open (ok – usually no mind space open). With both the classes on the phone and the conversation I had with you, Donna, there were little breakthroughs in being able to have clear thoughts about coming to new rhythms and daily practices that have since worked sooo much better. Since our call, the rhythms have been more smooth, still tricky, but have taken a big step forward. ” – By Pamela Carlson
“After completing the early childhood program last year…”Little by little things are falling into place and I can see the eyes of my son opening wider for more! A simple success for us is bedtime routine…Bath on bath night,candle lighting,Nighttime verse, lights out (Snip snap snout the lights have gone out!), Mama made stories and then our nighttime song. I appreciate all that you do for the Waldorf Homeschooling community!” ” – By Johanna Welch
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