Tuesday, October 9, 2012

From Svetlana: First Meeting

Hello All and thank you for your interest in our Fall Study Group!

We had our first meeting last Wednesday, October 3rd and we discussed the first two chapters of Understanding Waldorf Education. If you don't have the book yet, you can order the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Waldorf-Education-Teaching-Inside/dp/0876592469/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349716917&sr=1-1&keywords=jack+petrash

Our first conversation led us to the discussion of the needs of a young child in our modern world, particularly the protection of his/her senses and respect for the world of a young child. We also began talking about the tools and methods of an early childhood teacher in Waldorf schools.

Next Wednesday we'll continue the conversation about the Waldorf early childhood curriculum. Please prepare by reading Chapter 3. 

I'd like also to hear from you if an earlier start time would serve you better (9-10:30 am). I'd love to hear your feedback.

I'm looking forward to seeing you soon at the library!

~Svetlana Zabolotnaia
Verse for Week 2:
We are not granted a rest on any step
The active man must live and strive
from life to life,
As plants renew themselves
from spring to spring,
So man must rise
Through error to truth,
From fetters into freedom,
Through sickness and through death
To beauty, health, and life.
-Rudolf Steiner

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this update, Svetlana. I think we as Brooklyn parents have very specific challenges in relation to protecting our young children's senses in an urban environment. This would be an interesting topic for a future study.

    I have heard there is also interest in reading Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne in a future study group.