This is a terrific article from The Atlantic. One of our favorite quotes: "Research has shown time and again that children need opportunities to move in class. Memory and movement are linked, and the body is a tool of learning, not a roadblock to or a detour away from it."
Sunday's forecast is rain, so why not join us for a film screening? 2pm, Arts Building Music Room, free & open to the public. Discussion after the screening with Wally Glickman, filmmaker and Professor of Physics at LIU Brooklyn.
"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."
Lisa Miccio, Kindergarten teacher and Early Childhood Chair, shares a lovely glimpse into a morning in our Kindergarten.
To experience all that our Early Childhood Program has to offer, please join us for A Morning in the Nursery/Kindergarten on February 4 or March 5. To register, contact Barbara Mann at email@example.com.
Yesterday, our train puffed its way up the Farm Road and arrived at Durea Farm by 9:00am. The departure from our usual Monday destination was due to a surprise message Mrs. Miccio received from Mrs. Grieder. Apparently Little Brown Hen, believing Spring was on the way, hatched ten baby chicks out in the snow! Fortunately, Mr. and Mrs. Grieder were working on the Farm on Saturday, and they scooped up the baby chicks, and the mama hen, and brought them all into a cozy nest inside Mrs. Grieder's classroom. We were able to go inside to visit the chicks and the mama hen, and hear their story from Mrs. Grieder. As we gathered around their nest, the baby chicks pecked at the chick feed and dipped their beaks into the water. But after their "snack" they suddenly disappeared beneath the mama hen's wings.
While we quietly watched each little chick tuck beneath the mother hen's wings, I was struck by how much I feel like a mother hen. I am grateful that in our Waldorf early childhood classes, we have opportunities to create learning environments that allow each child to stretch her/his wings, whether the stretch involves physically stretching one's capacities to scale a big boulder, or socially stretching to the next level of maturity to share a favorite play prop. These self-directed moments are balanced by teacher-led, artistic moments like circle, story, drawing and painting. In these experiences, the early childhood children move towards their teachers like chicks flocking to a mother hen, and they are guided under the protection of her "wings". Sometimes, when they have ventured far afield in their developmental journeys, they may return to the nest seeking warmth and reassurance that "all is well in the world". In our youngest children this may appear as tears for no apparent reason, or a request for a band-aid or tissue, or a leaning into the teacher for physical comfort. For our six-year-olds it is often their desire to be the teacher's partner on the return walk.