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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The Play’s the Thing: “Spontaneous Theater” with Mixed Ages By Faith Collins

The Play’s the Thing: “Spontaneous Theater” with Mixed Ages By Faith Collins What can we do to promote imaginative play in young children?  How can we encourage and facilitate children playing together in ways that everyone enjoys?  How do we help integrate the play of mixed-age groups?  How can we increase our enjoyment of spending …

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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 …

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Learning to Speak by Mary O’Connell

Mary writes:  One of my favorite texts in the LifeWays Early Childhood Training is Karl Konig’s book, The First Three Years of the Child. Konig describes the three major milestones achieved by the child that are unique to humans. It always blows my mind to think about how important the first three years of our …

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