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[[ Download Kindle ]] è You Are Your Child's First Teacher: Encouraging Your Child's Natural Development from Birth to Age Six õ You Are Your Child s First Teacher was the first book in America to popularize the insights of Rudolf Steiner, founder of the Waldorf schools, regarding the developmental needs of young children This revised and updated edition offers new ways for parents and educators to enrich the lives of children from birth to age six Some of the most important learning years happen before your child reaches school In You Are Your Child s First Teacher, respected Waldorf educator Rahima Baldwin Dancy explains the different stages of learning that children go through from birth to age six, giving you the wisdom and understanding to enrich your child s natural development in the right way at the right time Today s society often pressures us into overstimulating young children with flashcards, workbooks, videos, and electronic gadgets in a well meaning attempt to give them a head start But children are not little adults they learn and grow in radically different ways at different ages, and what we do to help could actually hurt instead A trusted classic for over twenty years, this newly revised edition contains updated resources and additional information on discipline, early childhood programs, toilet training, using home life as curriculum, and From language and cognitive development to appropriate toys and nourishing your child s artistic abilities, Dancy speaks up for a rational approach to child rearing, one that helps children be children while we fulfill our important role as parents and first teachers I have been curious about Waldorf education and wanted to get a flavor for it without going directly to the Rudolf Steiner primary writings I learned that a lot of the philosophy is similar to what I already do, I m just not as extremist about it I have two renewed goals after reading this book, 1 instead of purposely doing chores when the children are otherwise occupied, to do them with or at least in front of the kids, so that they can either help me or at least learn to respect letting I have been curious about Waldorf education and wanted to get a flavor for it without going directly to the Rudolf Steiner primary writings I learned that a lot of the philosophy is similar to what I already do, I m just not as extremist about it I have two renewed goals after reading this book, 1 instead of purposely doing chores when the children are otherwise occupied, to do them with or at least in front of the kids, so that they can either help me or at least learn to respect letting me do my work, and 2 removing some automation from my life For example, spreading dough, grating cheese, and assembling pizza togeher is muchfun and rewarding than grabbing one from the freezer or gasp ordering one I skipped the first chapters, which are about birth and babyhood There s some interesting stuff here about the importance of play, but also a lot of speculative mumbo jumbo For instance The dreamy state of early childhood is an essential element in the healthy formation of the physical body during the first seven years The intellect is crystalline and hardening in its effect When it is engaged prematurely, it can inhibit the proper development of the physical organs and the unfolding of th I skipped the first chapters, which are about birth and babyhood There s some interesting stuff here about the importance of play, but also a lot of speculative mumbo jumbo For instance The dreamy state of early childhood is an essential element in the healthy formation of the physical body during the first seven years The intellect is crystalline and hardening in its effect When it is engaged prematurely, it can inhibit the proper development of the physical organs and the unfolding of the fluid emotions In equally nutty passages, the author cautions against readingthan one book to a child per sitting, claiming it s bad for the soul, and recommends telling children on their birthdays that they came down to earth over the rainbow bridge, because the young child is still very connected to the spiritual world Full of insights and ideas for parenting young children Some of the Steiner based stuff gets a little woo woo for me, but it s easy to skip over it and take the rest Great recommended reading lists at the end of each chapter. I love the premise behind this book, but the execution didn t work for me There s too much touchy feely woo woo philosophical weirdness going on There s quite a bit of talk about religion spirituality, which isn t my cup of tea, and which I don t think was at all necessary in this book And some of the author s ideas are just wacky She claims you should never readthan one book to a child at a time, even if they want you to, because it s not good for their soul Yes, you read that right I love the premise behind this book, but the execution didn t work for me There s too much touchy feely woo woo philosophical weirdness going on There s quite a bit of talk about religion spirituality, which isn t my cup of tea, and which I don t think was at all necessary in this book And some of the author s ideas are just wacky She claims you should never readthan one book to a child at a time, even if they want you to, because it s not good for their soul Yes, you read that right Apparently readingthan one book will damage your child s soul Parents everywhere, take note I can see the psychiatrist s offices overflowing with children whose parents read gasp multiple books to them in one sitting She also believes that parents should basically ignore their children during toddlerhood She says that toddlers need to be free to explore on their own without parents shadowing their every move and talking constantly to them I definitely think those things can be overdone, but many studies have shown that the number of different words a child hears each day has a direct correlation to how successful they will be in school And I ll never believe that children with these seemingly indifferent parents are as happy and well adjusted as those with parents who actually get down on the floor and play with them I gave it two stars instead of one because I think the author does a good job of capturing the wonder and magic of early childhood I ve always felt that the first few years of a child s life are such a special time, and the author clearly feels the same way, and that enthusiasm spills over into her writing