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Screen Time and the Teenage Brain

This piece takes a look at screen time and the teenage brain, profiled in the new documentary Screenagers, which we plan to show in the fall at GMWS.

Tomorrow Night! Dr. Sharon Maxwell on Talking with Young People about Sex and Sexuality

Tomorrow night, don't miss our final Community Education event of the year.

Dr. Sharon Maxwell is the author of The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear from You about Sex and a well-known speaker throughout the US.

Free and open to the public, the event will run from 7:30-9pm in the Arts Building Music Room.

Meadowlark Toys and Subridge Books will also be here, selling Dr. Maxwell's book & other books designed to help parents navigate this topic. 

 

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."

New Slideshow about the Kindergarten

Take a look! Green Meadow’s Early Childhood programs foster the foundations of academic excellence. Our Early Childhood teachers provide the young child with a warm, beautiful, loving, home-like environment, which is protective and secure, where the day unfolds in a predictable, regular way. The children are given a range of activities and the structure they need to prepare for the next phase of school life.

Sheep to Slippers Begins July 27!

Sheep to Slippers: children make their own beautiful wool slippers

Weeks of July 27 and August 3 (two-week program)

9:00am to 2:00pm

Support your child’s creativity through this two-week summer offering! Children will explore the magical nature of wool, our gift from the sheep, as they design and felt their very own wool slippers. Days will be spent washing and carding wool, collecting flowers and cutting vegetables to create dye baths, and observing the transformation of the fibers into a beautiful rainbow of natural hues. Each child will design and fashion an individual pair of felted wool slippers, and by the end of the two weeks everyone will have their own pair, hand-made to fit their own feet.

In addition, there will be ample time for circle, story, and puppet plays, as well as walks along our many acres of beautiful wooded trails and romps through the sprinkler in the play yard.

Children will enjoy healthy organic snacks made at Green Meadow and bring a picnic lunch from home each day.

This offering is led by Early Childhood Educator Nell Rowland and takes place at the Green Meadow Waldorf School Kindergarten Building. For more information or to register, please email Mrs. Rowland at nrowland@gmws.org. $750 for two-week program, includes snacks and all materials.

Above photos by GMWS parent Dyana Van Campen.

A Strong Trust in Children's Abilities

This piece from The Washington Post is worth reading. Our favorite quote: "I also believe that competence can only be gained through experience; therefore, allowing our children to take risks will actually make them safer. Behind this philosophy is a strong trust in children’s abilities in general; I often feel that we don’t give children enough credit in this area."

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