Building a Strong Foundation: Care of the Young Child’s Senses

A course for childcare providers, early childhood teachers and parents with Cynthia Aldinger and Acacia Moore

January 5- February 11, 2023

Mother and Infant

We know that the strength of a building lies in its foundation. With high-rise buildings touching the sky these days, it has become all the more important to have powerful foundations. When we expect great things from a building, we know we have to lay the groundwork that keeps the building standing strong against the forces of nature.

Equally important is the foundation built for the child in early childhood development. We must ensure a strong foundation is created for all later learning to stand upon. If the foundation is not strong, the child may encounter difficulties in grade school, high school, or beyond. Scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner identified a framework of 12 senses that educators and parents can work with to support children’s development. The first four of these are called the Foundational Senses, and by supporting the healthy development of these senses in the early years from birth to age seven, we can help our young children build a strong foundation for life.

Sawing LogsSo much has been written and discussed about therapeutic approaches to caring for children in today’s modern world that presents unique challenges for our youngest children. A curriculum that is built around supporting the Foundational Senses is a therapeutic education, and our children are in great need of this curriculum!

**Early childhood educators and care providers can earn a certificate for 15 CE hours by completing this course by February 11, 2023.

How Will This Course Work

nullEach Thursday a new multimedia lesson will open with a variety of learning activities. Each lesson is filled with practical care suggestions for parents and childcare providers or teachers and includes:

  • Inspiring written material with plenty of photos
  • Lively videos
  • Links to further reading and resources

Learn on your own time and at your own pace. Lessons are sent each Thursday and then are always accessible for ongoing reference. After the course closes on February 11th, you will continue to have access to revisit at any time you wish!

Details of the Course Content

  • Week One- Learn about the course framework of Steiner’s Twelve Senses and the Four Foundational Senses
  • Week Two- We focus on the sense of Touch
  • Week Three- We explore the sense of Life
  • Week Four- We get talking about the sense of Self-Movement
  • Week Five- We examine the sense of Balance

About the Instructors

Cynthia Aldinger is founder of LifeWays North America, dedicated to the support of healthy early childhood programs and parenting practices. Author of Life is the Curriculum and co-author of Home Away From Home, Cynthia has lectured and presented internationally and directed trainings and seminars across the United States. She served fourteen years on the board of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America and 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.

Acacia Moore is the Director of Online Courses and Blog Coordinator for LifeWays. She has been devoted to the mission of LifeWays for many years as an educator and mother of three sons. Alongside her role with LifeWays, she is a co-founder and faculty member at the City of Fountains School, established 2011 as Kansas City’s first school inspired by Waldorf education. She completed her LifeWays Early Childhood Certificate training in 2016 while working for Rose Rock School in Norman, Oklahoma, where she was a lead kindergarten teacher and the faculty-in-residence. She was also an instructor and mentor for the class of 2018 LifeWays certificate training in Oklahoma.

Acacia is passionate about partnering with families and educators to build support systems for children that honor their natural, individual development as spiritual human beings. She is energized by envisioning and collaborating in new initiatives, especially those striving to protect the integrity of childhood. Her most recent self-educational endeavor has been studying curative education under the mentorship and training of the Mulberry Center for Curative Education.

Register for This Course

Cost $150. Register online below. After payment, you will be sent to a Thank You page with the link to the course.

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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