Brain Science and your Child’s Journey Toward the Self

With Sharifa Oppenheimer, author of Heaven on Earth and With Stars in their Eyes

This exciting live Zoom course will be a six-month exploration of the gentle ways parents and teachers can bring cutting edge brain science into their home or program, to support the child’s finest brain development!

Classes will meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month from October to March. Sign up for select classes or for the whole series!

Classes will be LIVE, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time. Can’t make the live class? All registered students will receive a recording of the live workshop!

Each class will include Foundational Thoughts from Sharifa, small group discussions, questions and responses.  Some classes will include artistic work.

October 20th: The Limbic Brain ~ Love is the foundation of the Self

  • How to evolve the love between parents and child
  • How to foster a loving connection with Nature
  • How to support a relationship with a loving, guiding higher power

November 17th: The Sensory System ~ How the child explores Self and World

  • Sense experience as food for the brain
  • Exploring the foundational senses: Touch, Life, Self Movement, Balance
  • How to let Nature be our guide

December 15th: The Movement System ~ How the child integrates experience into a meaningful whole through Movement

  • Discovering the child’s natural, inherent movement progression
  • The role of formed movement and how to offer this
  • The Role of free movement and how to offer this

January 19th: Right Hemisphere ~ How Art supports holistic thinking

  • Right hemisphere speaks a language of images; understands through synthesis
  • Art allows the exploration and expression of the Self
  • Simple art activities for daily life

February 16th: Left Hemisphere ~ How Stories support analytical thinking

  • Left hemisphere understands by analysis, taking things apart to explore
  • Stories give the child experiences of people, places and the world
  • Through stories the child can imagine the Self, who they want to become

March 16th: Pre-frontal Cortex ~ Through Play the child practices at becoming herself

  • Creative Play is the crown of all prior development
  • Exploration of what play is and what play is not
  • How to encourage and help “shape” play in a positive direction
We encourage students in this course to purchase Sharifa’s book With Stars in their Eyes: Brain Science and Your Child’s Journey Toward the Self! Students who sign up for the entire series and complete the expected work (view the live or recorded video conference and participate in the online discussion) will earn a certificate for 15 hours of continuing education.
Sharifa Oppenheimer is a longtime Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher and the author of the bestselling book Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children. Sharifa was the founding teacher of the Charlottesville Waldorf School in Virginia where she taught kindergarten for 21 years. A master teacher, Sharifa has mentored teachers at Sunbridge College and Rudolf Steiner College. The author of many articles on Waldorf education, she recently began a home-based kindergarten program. Her current research is devoted to the ways in which Steiner principles support the latest findings in brain development. Sharifa is the mother of three grown sons.

Register for This Course

Price: $39 per class / $25 per student for groups of five or more who register together

Refund Policy: Fees will be refunded in full up to 7 days prior to the start of the course, and at 50% if student cancels enrollment less than a week in advance. Fees are nonrefundable after the start of the course.

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