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Living Arts Weekly: Fort Building

April 11, 2021 Each of us is carving a stone, erecting a column, or cutting a piece of stained glass in the construction of something much bigger than ourselves. – Adrienne Clarkson Did you ever build an outdoor fort or tree house when you were little? Or a blanket-and-sheet fort indoors? I’ve been wondering about …

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Living Arts Weekly: Let Be

September 29, 2019 For even the wisest can learn incalculably much from children.” ― Rudolf Steiner, How to Know Higher Worlds A guest post today – from LifeWays Early Childhood graduate Emary Williams: “I am so excited to homeschool this girl. I want to jump right in and learn with and teach her everything, but I have …

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Toys and Play by Cynthia Aldinger

When we are creating a work space – an office, a classroom, a retail establishment – there are certain tools we need for specific tasks. We wouldn’t normally think of using a hammer to screw a socket into the wall or a screwdriver to drive a nail into a cabinet. We try to find the …

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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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Pumpkins All Year Round!

Children love the jolly jack-o-lanterns, but at Spindlewood we like to keep our pumpkins alive all year round, beginning with hunting for them in the overgrown summer garden.     Then we keep one to stand guard until the frost on the pumpkin finally renders it food for the sheep and chickens.     We save some …

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Gardening with Small Children: A World of Wonder and Rhythmic Impression

By Lisa Boisvert Mackensie “There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.”- Elizabeth Lawrence   The young child is still very much in a state of at-one-with-the-world, completely open to receiving sense impressions from the world. A garden provides …

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