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Waldorf Early Childhood

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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.

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Early in this episode Megan references Elizabeth Grunelius as someone who Steiner gave indications on early childhood. She wrote a book, "Early Childhood Education and The Waldorf School Plan". Here I've attached a link to it on Amazon but most likely you can find a used copy for less elsewhere. If you do let me know I'm looking for a copy for myself.

Meagan also referenced a Susan Howard who wrote about nine essentials for early childhood. These are things that are for the classroom and can be applied at home too. I've listed these essentials below, and Meagan expands upon each in this episode:

  1. Love and Warmth

     2. Care for the environment, nourishment of the senses 

     3. Creative and artistic experience 

     4. Meaningful adult activity 

     5. Free imaginative play

     6. Protection for the forces of childhood 

     7. Gratitude Reverence and Wonder

     8.  Joy Humor and happiness 

     9. Adult/Care givers on a path of inner development 

In this episode Meagan also mentions an article by Willow Westwood about potty training on her website.

There are a few resources Meagan references for those interested in parent/carer inner work and development. Those are:

Kim John Payne has a meditation resource.

Meagan references EduCareDo as another website with resources if you're more interested in the anthroposophy route to inner work.

We also talk about Janet Lansbury's wonderful resources in this episode. Those are her books, "No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame", and "Elevating Childcare: A Guide To Respectful Parenting". Janet also has a podcast.

Don't forget to check out Meagan's autumn course! Through the course you can look forward to accessing the following:

  • Autumn in the Home an 80+ page PDF eGuide including articles, worksheets and family planning printables focused on the following topics:
  • Rhythm & Routine: Back to Basics
  • Autumn Planning: Spiritual & Practical
  • Autumn in the Kitchen: Recipes & Meal planning
  • Autumn Joy: Crafts & Games: for Caregivers and Children
  • Autumn Traditions: Stories for Children
  • Three Live Group Coaching Calls a space where we can discuss the course topics and open to your specific and unique questions
  • 1:1 Email support with Meagan
  • Video sneak-peeks into Meagan's home: examples of how she personally uses the systems, rhythms & routines in her home
  • Seasonal Printables for planning & organization
  • Access to an Exclusive Online Community Platform where you can connect with like-minded parents
  • A Self-paced Resource - you do not need to be in class at a specific time
  • OPTIONAL 1:1 Coaching if you desire it for an additional cost once you're enrolled
  • Course Completion Certificate once you have competed all lessons

Again here's the link to Meagan's course so you can sign up!

We're also giving one place in Meagan's Autumn course to one randomly selected Patreon supporter as part of our Patreon drive. I'll be randomly selecting that Patreon supporter on September 25th 2021.

If you're interested in learning more about Patreon and the gift aways we're doing during this month of September for our Patreon drive you can check out the most recent public post on our Patreon site here. There are also details on the show notes page for the trailer episode for season six.

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