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You Are Your Child's First Teacher: Encouraging Your Child's Natural Development from Birth to Age Six

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Publisher Comments:

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher was the first book in America to popularize the insights of Rudolf Steiner, founder of the Waldorf schools, regarding the developmental needs of young children. This revised and updated edition offers new ways for parents and educators to enrich the lives of children from birth to age six.

Since this book first appeared, the complexity and stressfulness of life for young children has increased, and parents are bombarded by contradictions when seeking advice on raising children. You Are Your Child’s First Teacher is not just another set of child-rearing rules, but a new way of understanding child development—body, mind, emotions, and spirit—that equips parents to make their own decisions based on cognitive and intuitive knowledge and to raise a well-rounded child.

About the Author

RAHIMA BALDWIN DANCY is internationally known as a Waldorf early childhood educator, author of Special Delivery, and coauthor of Pregnant Feelings. A mother of four, Dancy is a founding board member of LifeWays North America and co-founded/directed Rainbow Bridge LifeWays Program in Boulder, Colorado. Currently, she is the director of Informed Family Life, through which she organizes national conferences on alternatives in birth, parenting, and education. Visit www.waldorfinthehome.org.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition

Acknowledgments

CHAPTER 1

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher

A Unique Opportunity • Parents’ Dilemma Today • Cultural Dilemmas • Lack of Support for Mothering • Children Are Not Tiny Adults! • The Child’s Changing Consciousness • The Role of the Child’s Individuality • How Children Learn in the First Seven Years • Our Task as First Teachers • Trusting Ourselves • Recommended Resources

 

CHAPTER 2

Home Life as the Basis for All Learning

Home Life Is Undervalued in Our Culture • Why Is It So Difficult to Be Home with Children Today? • Consciously Creating a Home • Four Levels of Home Life • Home Life as the Curriculum for the Young Child • Recommended Resources

 

CHAPTER 3

Birth to Three: Growing Down and Waking Up

Growing into the Body • What Is Your Baby Like Between Six Weeks and Eight Months of Age? • Learning to Walk • The Second Year: Mastering Language • The Emergence of Thinking • The Young Child’s Senses • The Emerging Sense of Self • Recommended Resources

 

CHAPTER 4

Helping Your Baby’s Development

Stimulating and Protecting the Sensitivity of the Newborn • What Is It Like Being with a Newborn? • What Is It Like from Months Two to Twelve? • Physical Development • The Development of Intelligence • Emotional Development • Language Development • Toys for the First Year • Recommended Resources

 

CHAPTER 5

Helping Your Toddler’s Development

Encouraging Balanced Development • Dealing with Negative Behavior • Encouraging the Development of Language and Understanding • The Beginnings of Imaginative Play • Providing a Rich Environment for Your Toddler • Toys and Equipment • Recommended Resources

 

CHAPTER 6

Rhythm in Home Life

Creating Rhythm in Daily Life • The Rhythm of the Week • Celebrating Festivals and the Rhythm of the Year • Celebrating Birthdays • Recommended Resources

 

CHAPTER 7

Discipline and Other Parenting Issues

The Question of Discipline • Why Does Parenting Take So Much Energy? • Can You Work toward Rhythm with an Infant? • What about Weaning? • Crying Babies • What about Going Back to Work? • How Long Do Children’s Senses Need Protecting? • Toilet Training • Separation Anxiety and “Helicopter Parenting” • Cabin Fever • Other Parenting Issues • Recommended Resources

 

CHAPTER 8

Nourishing Your Child’s Imagination and Creative Play

Three Stages of Play • Experiencing the World through Play • The Importance of Play in Intellectual Development • Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Creative Play • Nourishing Your Child’s Imaginative Play through Stories • Recommended Resources

 

CHAPTER 9

Developing Your Child’s Artistic Ability

 

Children’s Drawings and Development • The Experience of Color • Watercolor Painting with Young Children • Metamorphosis in Later Stages of Life • Modeling with Beeswax • Making Things with Your Children • Freeing Your Own Inner Artist • Recommended Resources

 

CHAPTER 10

Encouraging Your Child’s Musical Ability

Make a Joyful Noise • Music and Cognitive Development • Singing with Your Child • Movement Games and Fingerplays • Pentatonic Music and the “Mood of the Fifth” • What about Music and Dance Lessons? • Recommended Resources

 

CHAPTER 11

Cognitive Development and Early Childhood Education

Academic vs. Play-Based Learning • Why Not Introduce Academics Early? • The Value of Preschool • Evaluating Early Childhood Programs • LifeWays and Waldorf Early Childhood Programs • LifeWays and Waldorf in the Home • The Value of Mixed-Age Programs • When Is Your Child Ready for First Grade? • What Happens Around Age Seven? • Beginning Academic Work: The Waldorf Approach • What about the Advanced or Gifted Child? • Recommended Resources

 

CHAPTER 12

Common Parenting Questions: From Television to Immunizations

Preparation for Life • Computers • Balanced Development • Television • Toys • Video Games • Immunizations and Childhood Illnesses • The Sick Child • What Makes Children So Different from One Another? • Religion and Young Children • Recommended Resources

 

CHAPTER 13

Help for the Journey

Conscious Parenting Is a Process  • In Conclusion

 

Appendix: Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf Education

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781607743026
Author:
Dancy, Rahima Baldwin
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Author:
Baldwin Dancy, Rahima
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Learning
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ONE COLOR
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.09 x 0.87 in 0.9 lb

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