I’m Sorry I Made You Say Thank You by Mary O’Connell

I’m Sorry I Made You Say Thank You by Mary O’Connell

I was a young mom of three small children, sometimes overwhelmed and always worried. Would the aunts and uncles leave the house on Christmas and say, “God, those kids are brats?” Would you grow up to be polite, friendly, and considerate human beings? As a stay-at-home mom, my street cred depended on it so with …

Spring Cleaning with Mothering Arts by Kerry Ingram

Spring Cleaning with Mothering Arts by Kerry Ingram

Spring Cleaning with Mothering Arts By Kerry Ingram Spring is coming! Spring fever, spring babies and spring cleaning. This is my favorite time of year to create space for new growth and freshness by clearing clutter and getting the house in order. A Traditional Folk Rhyme invites us to simplify the work that is done …

Sparking Empathy by Jerilyn C. Burke

Sparking Empathy by Jerilyn C. Burke

Sparking Empathy By Jerilyn C. Burke   empathy: noun 1. the psychological identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another 2. the imaginative ascribing to an object, as a natural object or work of art, feelings or attitudes present in oneself   I often ascribe feelings to objects when I …

Warm Hearts in Alaska By Jennifer Sundquist

Warm Hearts in Alaska by Jennifer Sundquist My name is Jennifer Sundquist and I am the lead pre-school teacher at Palmer LifeWays in Palmer, Alaska.  Our winters can be quite chilly up here and our valley is known for its blustery days.  We make an effort to infuse warmth into many parts of our day. …

Celebrating December Festivals by Susan Silverio

Celebrating December Festivals by Susan Silverio

Faith Collins wrote: Have you ever wanted to do something special for a festival and then thought, “No, I could never get all of the parents to keep their voices down/sit still/wear appropriate clothing/sing the same song?”  See how Susan Siverio helps the parents at Spindlewood Waldorf Kindergarten and LifeWays Center, to prepare for their …

LifeWays Commencement Address by Susan Silverio

LifeWays Commencement Address by Susan Silverio

Commencement Address by Susan Silverio at the LifeWays Early Childhood Training Graduation, July 18, 2015, Rockport, Maine             Life is good!             How do we know that?             There are many opportunities here in Maine to experience all that a T-shirt can proclaim as goodness. I hope that you all have had many moments during …

Storytelling for Times of Change by Jaimmie Stugard

Storytelling for Times of Change by Jaimmie Stugard

Jaimmie writes: In a recent newsletter, I wrote of the value of the pedagogical tale.  Throughout time stories have had immeasurable cultural value that moved beyond simple entertainment.  Human history has been chronicled through the oral tradition.  The archetypes found in ancient tales are an expression of our inner life as well as an articulation …