Creative Play: The Child’s Art and Practice of Developing Their True Self by Sharifa Oppenheimer

  But what exactly do we mean by play? Let’s begin to narrow the field by looking at what this kind of play is not: Not driven by the commercial culture; not based on a movie, not “themed”, not initiated in order to sell merchandise, not packaged, not bought or sold. Not technological, does not […]

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child, Even if That Child is an Adult By Teacher Tom

March 10th, 2024   “The greatest gift we can give our children is to go out into our villages and neighborhoods alongside our children, living and learning as they live and learn.” -Teacher Tom   I’ve spent my entire classroom career working shoulder-to-shoulder with the parents of the children I taught. As a cooperative school,

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Reflections on the Cross-Quarter by Shanah Ahmadi

February 3rd, 2024 Early February marks the cross-quarter, the midway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Over the centuries, folks have developed unique but related customs to honor the beginning of February. In studying the cross-quarter, I have arrived at a personal relationship to this time of year and the gestures that it bestows. Below, I have outlined

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Caring for the Young Child from Birth to Three  by Rahima Baldwin Dancy

January 27th, 2024   Parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers who are guided by the insights of Rudolf Steiner have a wealth of practices in common, regardless of the setting. This is true whether it is called Waldorf, Steiner, LifeWays or by some other name altogether.  It’s also helpful to recognize that Rudolf Steiner

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