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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. (((FREE DOWNLOAD))) ☙ You Are Your Child's First Teacher: Encouraging Your Child's Natural Development from Birth to Age Six ↛ 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 The Berenstain Bears and the Bully founder of the Waldorf schools Lord Peter 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 The Testaments (The Handmaids Tale, respected Waldorf educator Rahima Baldwin Dancy explains the different stages of learning that children go through from birth to age six Orders to Kill 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 Pandas Cookbook: Recipes for Scientific Computing, Time Series Analysis and Data Visualization using Python 1, Theodore Petrou, eBook - Amazon.com workbooks SとM 3 videos Kimiyo Shiruya Minami No Goku 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 Rrimas and what we do to help could actually hurt instead A trusted classic for over twenty years Center Church this newly revised edition contains updated resources and additional information on discipline The Cliff early childhood programs Si Pagong at si Matsing toilet training Delicioso Piquenique using home life as curriculum Juan Gorospe (Territorio de los Hombres, Batch 6, and From language and cognitive development to appropriate toys and nourishing your child s artistic abilities Naruto Vol.44 Dancy speaks up for a rational approach to child rearing Art, Disobedience, and Ethics one that helps children be children while we fulfill our important role as parents and first teachers 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 If you hadn t gathered this by the description or other reviews, this is a book based on the Waldorf principles Turns out there are a lot of elements of the Waldorf approach that I really like Parts of it seem a bit much, but overall there are many things I agree with like simplifying life, minimal material items, emphasizing pretend play, encouraging music and art, not pushing children to excel beyond their years, giving them time to be children, no TV computer for little ones, no silly enri If you hadn t gathered this by the description or other reviews, this is a book based on the Waldorf principles Turns out there are a lot of elements of the Waldorf approach that I really like Parts of it seem a bit much, but overall there are many things I agree with like simplifying life, minimal material items, emphasizing pretend play, encouraging music and art, not pushing children to excel beyond their years, giving them time to be children, no TV computer for little ones, no silly enrichment classes for preschoolers I will definitely be implementing parts of this, and the rest of it was definitely worth consideration It inspired me to think of aspects of development not touched on in other books such as a child s spiritual development I didn t appreciate her random, unrelated to the rest of the book comments against immunization in the last chapter, but perhaps that is because of my own pro immunization stance She does have great lists of books for further reading at the end of each chapter, which I plan to utilize Great book for an introduction to Waldorf parenting education The title and description of this book are entirely misleading I don t know exactly what I expected going into it, but I can tell you what I did not expect I didn t expect to be reading a 370 page advertisement for Waldorf schools There was some useful information, tips and tricks, mixed into it all, but for the most part I felt like I was reading a spiritualist s guide to figuring out how to pay for private preschool for your children At first everything seemed dry and scientific, but then The title and description of this book are entirely misleading I don t know exactly what I expected going into it, but I can tell you what I did not expect I didn t expect to be reading a 370 page advertisement for Waldorf schools There was some useful information, tips and tricks, mixed into it all, but for the most part I felt like I was reading a spiritualist s guide to figuring out how to pay for private preschool for your children At first everything seemed dry and scientific, but then suddenly you re plunged into a theistic story of where babies come from and how they re somehow still connected to the spirit world until they become adults and forget or something asinine like that I wasn t sure if I was reading a Christian viewpoint or a New Age Neo Pagan Native American viewpoint half the time, or both Good thing I borrowed it from the library and didn t waste any money on it While some of the parenting info in this book made a lot of sense toddlers need a schedule, etc , some of it was so many deviations off the bell curve it shocked me Don t readthan one book to your child per day even if they ask for, don t teach your child about anything wait until they ask you about things they see, don t allow your toddlers to take part in playgroups, music appreciation classes, sports and movement classes So many don ts But apparently they recommend telling While some of the parenting info in this book made a lot of sense toddlers need a schedule, etc , some of it was so many deviations off the bell curve it shocked me Don t readthan one book to your child per day even if they ask for, don t teach your child about anything wait until they ask you about things they see, don t allow your toddlers to take part in playgroups, music appreciation classes, sports and movement classes So many don ts But apparently they recommend telling your child a story about how they were an angel coming over the rainbow bridge when they were born What One of the most indispensable child development books on my shelves Not only did Dancy pack this text full of useful information about development, there are also suggestions for activities and a seemingly endless list of resources for further research or exploration toy companies, etc Through this book, I was also introduced to Waldorf education, and am now employing many of the concepts in our own home spending time exploring and appreciating nature, using as many natural resource toys a One of the most indispensable child development books on my shelves Not only did Dancy pack this text full of useful information about development, there are also suggestions for activities and a seemingly endless list of resources for further research or exploration toy companies, etc Through this book, I was also introduced to Waldorf education, and am now employing many of the concepts in our own home spending time exploring and appreciating nature, using as many natural resource toys as possible, honoring a child s independence during play, teaching through imitation rather than instruction, using song and dance especially during transitions, and so many others I cannot say enough good things about this book It even deals simply with discipline in boiling it down to how many discipline issues can be prevented through predictable routine if a child knows that he takes a bath every night after dinner, there shouldn t be a fight over whether a bath will happen He just knows to expect it Advice like this has been wonderful for my family, and I ve even recommended the book to a few friends who have gained a lot of tips from it I won t loan out my copy, though I refer to my notes in it too often I am in the middle of this book, and am finding that I want to underline, dog ear, and discuss something on every page I am new to learning about the different educational theories, and this is the first book from a Waldorf perspective that I ve read There is so much valuable information some highlights for me have been having rhythym in daily life not strict scheduling, but a flexible predicatablilty to the days that help give kids structure, and help keep the household runningsmo I am in the middle of this book, and am finding that I want to underline, dog ear, and discuss something on every page I am new to learning about the different educational theories, and this is the first book from a Waldorf perspective that I ve read There is so much valuable information some highlights for me have been having rhythym in daily life not strict scheduling, but a flexible predicatablilty to the days that help give kids structure, and help keep the household runningsmoothly common sense wisdom on breastfeeding and sleep arrangements it spoke to me because there are so many extremes in parenting books when it comes to these topics this is neither a cry it out nor a co sleep for years even if you don t get any sleep yourself, or you re a horrible parent type book It advocates responding to your baby and child and breastfeeding, but finding an arrangement that works for all in the family The part on the different temperaments is facsinating And of course, lots of good info on the developmental stages and imaginative ways to help your chlid blossom, without the use of lots of expensive classes or plastic toys The Rudolph Steiner philosophy is sublime, serene, magicalconducive to a utopian existence of which we do not exist I want so much for my toddler to be separated from the social media that our western culture harnesses But in all reality, it s utterly impossible to detach him exclusively from television or any other media outlet that doesn t promote pure, unadulterated goodness You Are Your Child s First Teacher was well written, and I embrace Rahima Baldwin s standpoint with the utm The Rudolph Steiner philosophy is sublime, serene, magicalconducive to a utopian existence of which we do not exist I want so much for my toddler to be separated from the social media that our western culture harnesses But in all reality, it s utterly impossible to detach him exclusively from television or any other media outlet that doesn t promote pure, unadulterated goodness You Are Your Child s First Teacher was well written, and I embrace Rahima Baldwin s standpoint with the utmost respect I learned a great deal from her kind and insightful words And I will aspire to fulfill as many of her rational, obvious, and completely truthful guidance Because everything she said makes perfect sense But again, in this modern age of perseverance and success, I hope that I can wield the most protective and secure foundation that I can for my son Maybe not a carbon copy of her ideals, but I do believe it can be possible with a strong, loving family.There is some great advice and tips in this book on instilling strength in spiritually and harmonious aptitude in a toddler But quite frankly, or at least in my scope of reality, not all of her beliefs seem possible AH 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