How Children Learn

How Children Learn by John Holt Children have a style of learning that fits their condition, which they use naturally and well until we train them out of them.  We like to say that we send children to school to teach them to think.  What we do, all too often, is to teach them to […]

Kids Have All The Write Stuff

Inspiring your children to put pencil* to paper by Sharon A. Edwards and Robert W. Maloy *or crayon or felt-tip marker or computer Excerpts. Early marks and scribbles evolve into readable symbols as children express their thoughts through drawings, words, and stories.  Young children write spontaneously and enthusiastically.  When writing is a natural feature of […]

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was

How to discover what you really want and how to get it by Barbara Sher In the early 1980s, two Harvard psychologists completed a study of people who called themselves happy.  And what did happy people have in common?  Money?  Success?  Health?  Love? None of these things.  They had only two things in common:  They […]

Guerrilla Learning

How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School by Grace Llewellyn and Amy Silver We define an “educated person as one whose inborn love of learning is still intact (or has been reclaimed), and who chooses and has the skills to partake of the shared human creative endeavors of literature, science, […]

Baby Knows Best

Baby Knows Best:  Raising a Confident and Resourceful Child, the RIE® Way by Deborah Carlisle Solomon Move s-l-o-w-l-y.  Narrate.  Allow time to process.  Establish predictability and routine, consistently, habitually. Acknowledge child’s efforts. “You’re working hard to unzip your sweatshirt.” “You were really pumping your legs on the swing.” Avoid statements that only speak to end […]

Reforming the Space

Beyond the Rainbow Bridge by Barbara Patterson Reforming the Space When children in a Waldorf kindergarten misbehave, it usually means they have “fallen out of the form” of the moment. How can we recreate the form around them? I have found a number of things that work well. For example, if a child becomes too […]