Working with the Four Temperaments

With Cynthia Aldinger and Acacia Moore

A Four week course beginning October 18th

Zoom Conferences Oct. 25th and Nov. 15th at 7pm Central

What’s all the buzz about the Four Temperaments? What are they, and what place do they have in early childhood care?

The four temperaments come up just about as much as any personality test these days, and they have been long referred to in Waldorf Education grades programs. Yet, they have a special use in early childhood as a tool of inner work for the adult.

Take a humorous journey through an introduction of the four temperaments with Cynthia and Acacia to learn about each temperament from how Rudolf Steiner presented it, and how they present in friendships, work life and parenting. You will have a chance to discover your own temperament make-up and how to use this knowledge for self-development that benefits all of your relationships and especially the children in your care.

**Childcare providers and early childhood teachers can earn a certificate for 12 CE hours through their active participation in, and completion of, the course by November 17, 2023.

How Will This Course Work

This course is composed of six multimedia lessons, a Four Temperaments assessment, resources, and discussion questions all based on Ruzuku (our online course platform). Lessons will be released on Wednesdays, and participants are welcomed to work at their own pace to complete each weekly lesson. The only deadline is completion of the course requirements (outlined in the first lesson) for continuing education credit on November 17th; otherwise, the course is yours for life!

Participants are also invited to join Cynthia and Acacia for two video conferences: “Getting to know you” on October 25th and a final Q&A session on November 15th.

Details of the Course Content

Week One, Oct. 18: Learn where the four temperaments originated, how they evolved and see an overview of their characteristics.

Week Two, Oct.25: Learn about the Sanguine and Choleric temperaments more in depth, including how to work with these temperaments presented at work, in friendships and in parenting, as well as with oneself.

Week Three, Nov. 1: Learn about the Melancholic and Phlegmatic temperaments more in depth, including how to work with these temperaments presented at work, in friendships and in parenting, as well as with oneself.

Week Four, Nov. 8: Take the Four Temperaments assessment, bring them into creative application and dig into the first steps of using them as a tool for inner work.

About the Instructors

Cynthia Aldinger

Cynthia founded LifeWays North America in 2001. Author of the book Life is the Curriculum and co-author of the book Home Away From Home: LifeWays Care of Children and Families, Cynthia has lectured and presented internationally and is pedagogical director for trainings and seminars across the United States. She served fourteen years on the board of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America. A former Waldorf Kindergarten teacher, Cynthia 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 home-like environments that provide the comfort, security and activities found in a healthy home.

Acacia Moore

Acacia 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

Tuition: $120 each; $100 each for groups of five or more.

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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