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Teaching 21st Century Skills

Watch this video through to the end (15 well-spent minutes). At about minute 13.5, Lichtman shares three principles for schools: Teach into the Unknown, Develop Self-Evolving Learners, and Be a Self-Evolving Organization. These three principles align perfectly with Green Meadow's mission, and it's exciting to see alignment between mainstream thinking and the wisdom of Waldorf.

Different language, similar ideas
At GMWS, we understand that Waldorf Education prepares students not for the world of today but for the world they will enter when they graduate, the world of tomorrow (Lichtman's "teaching into the unknown").

In our materials, we have used the phrase "lifelong learners" (akin to Lichtman's "self-evolving learners").

And we are committed, through faculty training and regular self-reflection and accreditation processes, to being an evolving organization that changes to meet the needs of the students in our care.

The Parent-Child Bond

 

This excerpt from The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-ups by Leonard Sax, MD, PhD, looks at the importance of unconditional, loving parental authority in children's lives. Waldorf Education has always supported the primacy of family life, and worked to nurture the bond between parents and children. 

One quote we love: 

"Consider an acorn. Its strong shell prevents it from growing until the time is right. If you break open the shell too early, you don’t stimulate the growth of a new tree. You just have a dead acorn. As with the acorn, the key to healthy child development is to do the right thing at the right time. Neufeld makes a strong case that the wrong attachment style in childhood and adolescence results in the wrong attachment style in early adulthood. Throughout childhood and adolescence, the primary attachment of a child should be to the parent. If a child has a strong primary attachment to a parent from infancy through adolescence, then when the child becomes an adult, that bond will break naturally, as an acorn breaks open naturally at the right time so that a new tree can grow. Such a child, once she becomes an adult, is ready to head out confidently into the world as an independent young adult."

The Soul of Discipline Course starts February 23


THE SOUL OF DISCIPLINE COURSE

 

Tuesday evenings

February 23, March 1 & 8

7:00-9:00pm

Parent and Child Room (Lower School Building)
F
or parents of toddlers to teens

 

 

Join us at Green Meadow Waldorf School as we join forces with the Soul of Discipline for our three-evening course

 

The Soul of Discipline Course provides the Simplicity Parenting approach to warm, firm, and calm guidance. It offers practical tools and skills to last a lifetime, helping parents implement discipline that’s respectful and effective.

 

Together with other parents, you will learn a loving way of providing limits and boundaries that will give your child a feeling of safety, trust, and orientation. 

 

There will be inspiring discussions, sharing of both wonderful and difficult situations at home, exercises to deepen your understanding of discipline, and planning and implementing small, doable changes.

 

This course is for parents who are looking for long-term skills to work with children’s challenging or defiant behavior.

 

Based on the groundbreaking book The Soul of Discipline: The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm, and Calm Guidance- From Toddlers to Teens, by parenting expert (and acclaimed author of the bestselling book Simplicity Parenting) Kim John Payne, M.Ed.

 

Led by: Marieke Duijneveld, certified Parenting Coach and Waldorf Teacher, working as our Parent & Child Teacher and leading Simplicity Parenting and Discipline Courses for several years.

 

 

When:   Tuesday evenings February 23, March 1 & 8

7:00-9:00pm

Where:   Parent and Child Room (Lower School Building)

Costs:   $135/person, $225/two family members (can include au pair), includes material

To Register: contact Marieke Duijneveld at mduijneveld@gmws.org

 

A minimum of 8 people is required for each class.

 

 

Parenting Advice From "America’s Worst Mom"

This recent piece from The New York Times reminds us of the importance of letting our children have experiences that build their resilience and self-confidence.

A salient quote: "Dr. Gray links the astronomical rise in childhood depression and anxiety disorders, which are five to eight times more common than they were in the 1950s, to the decline in free play among young children. 'Young people today are less likely to have a sense of control over their own lives and more likely to feel they are the victims of circumstances, which is predictive of anxiety and depression,' he said."

The Third Metric

Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post has been promoting her book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder with recent blog posts and radio interviews.

In this related article, Waldorf math teacher Lisa Babinet  highlights the importance of not only preparing students academically but also "preparing the students for a life of well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving". This is the gift of Waldorf® Education.

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