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 …

A New Room by Sandra Schmidt

A New Room by Sandra Schmidt

        As I wait for my new suite to be completed, I have had the time to think about how well I do with transitions and change. Just when I think the move is imminent and I start to prepare myself for the new rhythm we will have in our new surroundings, a delay occurs …

Transforming Circle Time for Mixed-Age Groups By Rahima Baldwin Dancy

Transforming Circle Time for Mixed-Age Groups By Rahima Baldwin Dancy I have found that the “typical kindergarten circle” learned in Waldorf early childhood training needs to be simplified and changed in different ways for a preschool group of two- and three-year-olds or for a mixed-age group of children. At Rainbow Bridge we had a mixed-age …

Thoughts About Circle Time By Sharifa Oppenheimer

Thoughts About Circle Time By Sharifa Oppenheimer

Thoughts about Circle Time with Older Children by Sharifa Oppenheimer Sharifa shares from her extensive work with kinder-garten-aged children: Circle Time has always been one of my favorite times of the day.  What I love is that Circle Time incorporates many of the elements we strive to bring to young children throughout the day, all …

Change by Tammy Treviranus

This spring has brought some changes in terms of our teachers and administrators. However, amazingly, everything feels very much the same as it always has at LifeWays [Milwaukee]. The rhythm of each day and the cyclical rhythms of the seasons provide us all, especially the children, with security. Several years ago, when my now teenage …