Home as the Model; Life as the Curriculum 2.0

New and Improved!

Starts January 5th, 2022

In 2015, we introduced our very first online course, based on Cynthia Aldinger’s book Life is the Curriculum. The course was an immediate success, and for the next several years it brought inspiration and guidance to more than 500 students! As we introduced other online courses into our library, and the audio technology in the original version of the course became outdated, we ceased offering it.

Now we’d like to introduce our NEW and IMPROVED version of LifeWays’ most popular online course!

Join us for the NEW “Home as the Model; Life as the Curriculum 2.0” in which:

  • Cynthia and Mary will guide you in exploring the foundations of care for young children through the insights of Rudolf Steiner, Founder of Waldorf Education
  • You will be inspired by four main areas of curriculum for the young child: Life itself, the Child, the Adult and the Environment
  • You will read and discuss with your teachers and classmates what Rudolf Steiner had to say about the development of the young child
  • You will earn a certificate for 15 hours of continuing education (completing the coursework by February 5, 2022)

Home as the Model: Life as the Curriculum 2.0 offers four multi-media lessons specially designed to inspire and guide you in understanding the foundations of care for the young child based on quotes from Rudolf Steiner. Each Wednesday, you will receive a new lesson featuring ALL NEW videos from Cynthia and Mary, new written material to generate ideas and conversation and links to related resources to inspire your work.

Among the topics we will cover:

Week One — Life as the Curriculum

Rudolf Steiner stated that “the activities for children in early childhood should be directly derived from life itself rather than being ‘thought out’ by the intellectualized culture of adults.” In week one we will explore what are the activities derived from life itself, and how do we create practices based on those activities in today’s technology driven world?

Week Two – Child as the Curriculum

The soul and spirit forces that work in the building up of the body until the seventh year were called by Dr. Steiner “formative forces.” These forces, already present before birth, shape the physical body of the child and emerge later as faculties of thought and memory. During this week, we’ll learn how to work with the formative forces in each phase of development during early childhood, and also how to honor the unique individuality of each child standing before us.

Week Three – Adult as the Curriculum

“For the small child before the change of teeth, the most important thing in education is the teacher’s own being,” wrote Dr. Steiner. It is easy to feel daunted by the weight of the realization that young children copy everything we adults do in their presence. This week, we will learn how to lovingly support the children’s developing movement, speech and thought through our own actions and self-development in these areas.

Week Four – Environment as the Curriculum

Dr. Steiner wrote, “The joy of children in and with their environment must therefore be counted among the forces that build and shape the physical organs.” As we look at early childhood classrooms and programs today, we can ask ourselves, “Do these environments help children experience joy?” This week we will explore how to create environments that meet the authentic developmental needs of the wide spectrum of children we serve.

How will this course work? In this “guided” LifeWays online course, a new lesson will be released each Wednesday. You can work on the lessons at your own pace and at the times which work best for you, as that lesson will never go away. Also, the written discussions evolve throughout the entire course. There is no deadline, except if you are a requesting a certificate for 15 hours of continuing education (by February 5, 2022). Any video presentations are prerecorded so you won’t miss a thing! This course is “guided” in that new discussions will emerge that are unique to THIS course offering and THIS group of students, and your course instructors will be participating along the way. There will be much to discover and to share. We hope you join us!

What if I already took the original version of Life as the Curriculum; Home as the Model?

Everything in this course, including the videos and all the written material, is new! We will be focusing on different topics than in the first version of the course. If you still have the book, Life is the Curriculum, you received from the previous version of the course (or you previously purchased the book), you can register for this course below for a reduced price that does not include the book.

Register for This Course

Cost $150; $135 without the book, for those who already have it; $100 each for groups of 5 or more (book included). 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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