Waldorfy Podcast

The Waldorfy podcast serves to explore and explain Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy. In most episodes, I discuss topics with a Waldorf teacher, or someone with knowledge about anthroposophy, to deliver accurate, simple, interesting, information and explanations. When possible we’ll bring to attention any research or study surrounding the topics we are exploring. My main aim is to reach, parents, perspective parents, and alumni to engage them with the meaning and purpose of Waldorf Education and it’s connection with anthroposophy.

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    The Mood of the Fifth, Songs, and Music for Young Children

    Subscribe to the Waldorfy Podcast Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher My guest, Chinyelu of the We Nurture podcast, and I discuss what exactly the mood of the fifth is and why it is used in Waldorf Early Childhood Education. Chinyelu gives us a few examples of songs in the mood of the fifth in addition to chatting with me about songs and music in general for young children. Chinyelu was born and mostly raised in Enugu, Nigeria, West Africa.  After she graduated from high school, she left Nigeria to attend university in the United States and subsequently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture followed by a Master’s in Architecture. It was in…

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    Waldorf and Chest and Breastfeeding with guest Judy Fayre, RN, IBCLC

    Subscribe to the Waldorfy Podcast Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher In this episode the incredibly loving and wise Waldorf mama  Judy Fayre speaks with me about whether or not chest and breastfeeding does or does not have anything to do with the "Waldorf approach". Judy Fayre is currently a registered nurse and IBCLC (lactation  specialist) who has spent the last 20 years working closely with adults  in their early parenting years. From helping mothers who have just  given birth, to supporting parents during the weaning process, she listens to the goals of the family and helps them reach them. She has  facilitated prenatal classes, breastfeeding classes and has held weekly newborn support…

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    Waldorf Early Childhood

    Subscribe to the Waldorfy podcastApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher As always I love my conversations with listener favorite and returning guest, Meagan Rose Wilson of Whole Family Rhythms. In this episode we're discussing all things "Waldorf Early Childhood". What happens in a Waldorf early childhood, pre-school, or childcare setting? What does a typical day look like? How can we bring these ideas into our home life with young children? What about potty training? Is there a "Waldorf approach", and many more topics are explored in this episode. Follow Waldorfy on Social Media TwitterFacebookInstagram Resources: Early in this episode Megan references Elizabeth Grunelius as someone who Steiner gave indications on early childhood. She…

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    Supporting Children Through Toddlerhood

    Subscribe to the Waldorfy PodcastApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher In this episode I'm speaking with Faith Collins, author of "Joyful Toddlers and Preschoolers: Create a Life That You and Your Child Both Love", all about life with toddlers, the ups and downs, and how to work through the challenges. Faith is the daughter of Rahima Baldwin Dancy author of "You Are Your Child's First Teacher", and the guest I spoke with in the first episode of this sixth season. Faith was a wonderful guest, has a great sense of humor, and I love the candor she brought to our conversation. Follow Waldorfy on Socail MediaTwitterFacebookInstagram Resources: Faith doesn't push it enough in…

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    The “Waldorf” Baby

    The "Waldorf Baby", is there such a thing? In this episode I'm speaking with returning guest, listener favorite, and author of, "You Are Your Child's First Teacher", Rahima Baldwin Dancy. We're discussing all things Waldorf and babies. Did Steiner give indications for children under one? What were his insights into human development that might help us to support the growth of a young child? Breastfeeding? Baby wearing? These are all things we got to explore in this episode. Subscribe to the Waldorfy Podcast Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher Rahima is one of my all time favorite guests. Not only was she an incredible Waldorf early childhood teacher, she was also a midwife…

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    SEASON SIX TRAILER!

    Thank you for being here and supporting the launch of the sixth season of Waldorfy! In this season we're exploring all things Waldorf from birth to age seven. During this season we'll be focused on this early stage including the baby months, toddlerhood, the preschool, and kindergarten years all through the lens of the Waldorf approach. Follow Waldorfy on Social MediaTwitterFacebookInstagram In this trailer segment I'm giving away some spoiler alerts by dropping the names of a few guests and discussing a few upcoming episode topics. So much great content is coming!! Subscribe to the Waldorfy PodcastApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher I also spend a good chunk of this trailer episode discussing…

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    Eighth Grade and the Eighth Grader

    I had an amazing time interviewing Simone for this episode. She was really the perfect guest for this final episode of the fifth season. In many of the episodes of season five we've been touching on expanding on Waldorf, but Simone really goes into depth on this. She speaks not just about grade eight, but how she's expanded on the "traditional" Waldorf curriculum in other grades as well. I loved all the episodes of this fifth season, but I have to say my conversation with Simone for this episode is my favorite. Content warning, we do speak briefly about sexual education in this episode, it may not be suitable for…

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    Seventh Grade and the Seventh Grader

    Returning guest Anne Clair Goodman speaks with me in this episode all about seventh grade and the seventh grader. Similar to the other episodes in this season, we spend most of our discussion focused on how the curriculum of the seventh grade meets the twelve and thirteen year old where they're at. We also continued our discussion on media and screen time that we begun in our conversation about the sixth grade. Subscribe to the Waldorfy podcast Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher     Special thanks to Waldorfy podcast supporter Palumba! Support Waldorfy on Patreon Patreon Follow Waldorfy on Socail Media TwitterFacebookInstagram

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    Sixth Grade and the Sixth Grader

    Subscribe to the Waldorfy PodcastApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher For this episode I was so fortunate to get to speak with incredible guest, Anne Clair Goodman all about sixth grade and the sixth grader. The experience for the sixth grader is so different than any age or grade we've talked about this season. The twelve year change, which we discuss in this episode, is a challenging developmental shift that may be just beginning in the sixth grade but generally continues into the teenage years. In addition to speaking about the blocks in the sixth grade curriculum we also speak about media and screen time as that can also be an interesting component…

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    Fifth Grade and the Fifth Grader

    In this episode experienced Waldorf teacher Jen Kershaw and I explore fifth grade within a Waldorf school. We discuss the Waldorf fifth grade curriculum, how it uniquely meets the fifth grader where they're at, and much more! Subscribe to the Waldorf PodcastApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher More about Jen Kershaw... Jen Kershaw has a B.A. in Acting/Theater Performance from the University of South Florida, a Masters of Science in Education from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts and a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Antioch University New England. In the theater world, she performed with Metro Theater Company from St. Louis, Missouri, performing and teaching workshops across the United States. Jen has been teaching…