In this episode I speak with Rahima Baldwin Dancy author of, “You Are Your Child’s First Teacher”. I felt so honored that Rahima accepted my invitation to speak on the show. She had so much wisdom to share.
Rahima is internationally known as the author of You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, based on the indications of Rudolf Steiner for early childhood (birth to age six). The book came out in a new US edition in 2012 and has been translated into Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Hebrew. Rahima has worked extensively as a midwife, Waldorf early childhood educator and director of Informed Family Life. She was a founding board member of LifeWays North America and was also the co-founder and director of Rainbow Bridge LifeWays Program for 1-5 year olds, a LifeWays Representative Center in Boulder, Colorado. Rahima offers lectures and conferences throughout the country on alternatives in birth, parenting, education and conscious aging in addition to maintaining the website www.waldorfinthehome.org.
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I happened to be reading "You Are Your Child's First Teacher" this fall and it was my husband Tobin who suggested I reach out to Rahima to speak as a guest. It was a fantastic idea. In the introduction to the book Rahima states that one of the aims of her book is to communicate Steiner's indications on child development and information about the Waldorf curriculum in an accessible way. Of course I appreciated her work right away as this is an aim of mine with the podcast as well.
In our conversation for this episode Rahima and I move between talking about Waldorf ideas and how to bring them into the home and about child development as indicated by Rudolf Steiner, (the founder of Waldorf education.) This is a great episode to listen to if you're wondering how you can best support your child's natural development.
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I strongly recommend Rahima's book, "You Are Your Child's First Teacher."
Rahima recommends "Joyful Toddlers and Preschoolers" by her daughter Faith Collins whom she calls, "The toddler whisperer".
Rahima also suggests "Simplicity Parenting" by Kim John Payne.
Rahima suggests the Lifeways site, http://lifewaysnorthamerica.org/ for great parent resources, online courses and workshops.
Also check out www.waldorfinthehome.org, a site maintained by Rahima with additional resources and recommendations.