Life is the Curriculum

Exploring the Foundations of Care for Young Children through the Insights of Rudolf Steiner, Founder of Waldorf Education

By Cynthia Aldinger

Curric-coverWeb.jpg“Here is a book that reaches out with an inviting hand to walk with you through the gently unfolding landscape of early childhood. It will likely leave you smiling and with a renewed reverence for the path of parenting, but most of all Cynthia’s depth of vision gives voice to our own parental instincts and leaves us with a feeling that ‘I can do this.’” —Kim John Payne M.Ed, author of Simplicity Parenting, Beyond Winning and The Soul of Discipline

Transform your experience with young children by exploring how the best curriculum for the young child springs from life itself. Learn how Life, the Child, the Adult and the Environment all form the perfect learning ground for the young child, whether at home or in childcare/preschool. Cynthia describes the principles behind LifeWays childcare with numerous examples and shows how they grow out of Rudolf Steiner’s indication to “take home as the model” to meet the needs of young children. A practical book for parents, childcare providers and early childhood teachers from across the spectrum of approaches today.

Janni Nicol, author and editor of KINDLING, The Journal for Waldorf Early Childhood in the United Kingdom writes about Life is the Curriculum:

“An engaging, insightful and inspiring book that encourages an ‘I can do it, too’ attitude in the reader. Filled with clear guidance, practical examples and inspiration from Rudolf Steiner, you will be encouraged to form your own program or adapt your lifestyle. The ‘ponderables’ at the end of each chapter give practical guidance and help us on a path of self-development. Building a curriculum around the child requires that we become open to nature, that our senses become alive; we will be more in the moment, and life will become as joyful for us as it can be for children everywhere.”

Available now!  96 pages, with photos.  Only $11.95 plus $4.00 shipping and handling—pay with a credit card (through Paypal) or use your Paypal account.

About the author: Cynthia Aldinger is founder and executive director of LifeWays North America, an organization dedicated to the development of healthy childcare and parenting practices. Co-author of the book Home Away from Home: Life-Ways Care of Children and Families, Cynthia has lectured and presented internationally, directs trainings and seminars across the United States, and is an Adjunct Faculty member at Rudolf Steiner College in California. She served fourteen years on the board of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America and was a Waldorf kindergarten teacher for many years after she received her Waldorf teaching certificate at Emerson College in Sussex, England. A mother and grandmother, Cynthia’s passion is the preservation of the playful spirit of childhood and helping to create early childhood environments that provide the comfort, security and activities found in a healthy home.

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