"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Parent and Child Room (Lower School Building) For 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.
Parent & Child toddler class (for ages 2-3, Fridays beginning January 8) opening now to younger children. Please contact Early Childhood Admissions Coordinator Barbara Mann for details: 845.356.2514 x326. More details here.
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.
Based on extensive research, Dr. Stevenson’s work explores how schools are often places where racial conflicts remain hidden, at the expense of a healthy school climate and the wellbeing of students of color.
Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, and former Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division, in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
This article shows the kind of interdisiplinary thinking that Waldorf students are developing throughout their education. And the photo below shows our Fifth Graders helping our First Graders learn to knit. (Photo courtesy of First Grade teacher Mellie Lonnemann.)