Birth to Three

Learning to Speak by Mary O'Connell

Mary writes:  One of my favorite texts in the LifeWays Early Childhood Training is Karl Konig’s book, The First Three Years of the Child. Konig describes the three major milestones achieved by the child that are unique to humans. It always blows my mind to think about how important the first three years of our lives are; we accomplish the things that make us essentially human and most of us can’t even remember these years in our own lives!

I Hear You and I Understand You, by Jeremy Bucher

As children begin to develop their language skills it is important that their words and ideas are heard and acknowledged by the adults in their lives. Providing children with verbal and visual cues helps them to understand that they are being heard and will boost their confidence in their own words. Though it is important to listen to children, it is essential to frame conversation in such a way as not to leave too much choice or complicated thought for the child to have to cope with.

Life Work with a One-Year-Old by Cynthia Aldinger

"Did you hear that?” my daughter-in-law and I queried one another.  It sounds like she is saying “Thank you.”  Such are the fantasies of a mommy and gramma of a newly-one-year-old.   But hey! It might actually be true.  Maybe my one-year-old granddaughter’s first words were “thank you,” translated something like “da do.” That would be pretty cool, considering that gratitude is the moral quality we hope to awaken in the young child. 

El Dormir de los Niños by Maryliana Wickus

Antes de que Mateo llegara a nuestras vidas yo escuche muchos, diferentes y variados comentarios acerca de como lograr que los niños duerman seguido y por largo tiempo. Esto hizo que mi esposo y yo nos dispusieramos a leer, aprender e informarnos acerca de este tema en profundidad. Especialmente porque yo tengo bien claro que soy una persona que necesita dormir bien, para sentirme fuerte, presente y dispuesta a cuidar de otros. Algo que llamo bastante mi atención fue la frase “A los bebes hay que enseñarles que se duerme de noche y se esta despierto de día, por supuesto mostrandoles con claridad la diferencia entre el día y la noche”.  Fue entonces cuando yo comprendí que en realidad el nuevo ser no sabe nada de horarios o de tiempo, ni siquiera sabe distinguir entre la noche y el día.

Giving to Children: What Our Children Really Need, by Jaimmie Stugard

By Jaimmie Stugard

When I was pregnant with my first child, my mailbox swelled with unsolicited parenting magazines, ads and baby life insurance offers.  Just open your pocketbook, the ads implied, and you can procure all the items your unborn baby needs to get ahead in the world she hasn't even seen yet.  You can teach her to read, or better yet, put her in front of the television and she'll morph into Einstein himself. 

Odelay and the Great Storm, by Jaimmie Stugard

As the days grow shorter and the crisp air hearkens the coming of the dark winter months, some Steiner-inspired kindergartens and preschools prepare to celebrate Michaelmas.  Stories are told of fearsome dragons, brave knights, benevolent kings and heroic princesses.  Children eat dragon bread and dye silken capes with goldenrod.  They explore the roles of warrior, princess and dragon in their play.  Something about these age-old themes spark their imaginations and tales of epic battles between good and evil are treasured by many young children.

The Habit of YES

The Habit of YES

I’m pleased to share that an article of mine has been published in the lovely online magazine Rhythm of the Home.  If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look!  My article is titled The Habit of Yes, and can be found by clicking here.

Warmly,

Faith Collins

 

Creating a YES Environment

Creating a YES! Environment

By Simone DiMarzi

    What does it mean to say YES when taking care of children birth to three?  The child's first words are often "No."  One of the best ways not to chime in with the children and always have to say "No" is to create a YES environment.  The environment is key to all sorts of exciting discoveries and developments for children, and is something that I thoroughly enjoy creating!  I sit often and just watch the children play and explore, and as I watch I think about ways to make this environement be even better for them.

The Art of Re-Direction, by Faith Collins

Taming the Wild Beasts

          What I want to talk about here is the art of re-direction. That’s a large part of what positive discipline is: instead of saying what NOT to do, say what you DO want your child to do. This can be very straightforward (“Please talk in a soft voice”), but it can also be creative, and here is where you can really learn to enjoy being with young children in a whole new way. My first exposure to this was when I was first considering working in early childhood, and I was observing a kindergarten class at a Waldorf school in Colorado. It was a class of 18 children, and during the free-play time there was a group of four 5-year-old boys who were playing that they were a pack of wild dogs. They roamed wildly around the classroom, growling and barking and wreaking havoc on the games others were playing. 

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