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Celebrating December Festivals by Susan Silverio

Faith Collins wrote: Have you ever wanted to do something special for a festival and then thought, "No, I could never get all of the parents to keep their voices down/sit still/wear appropriate clothing/sing the same song?"  See how Susan Siverio helps the parents at Spindlewood Waldorf Kindergarten and LifeWays Center, to prepare for their Advent Spiral in early December.  She sets the scene, shares the adult symbolism of the event, and asks that parents allow their children to have their own experiences, without the adult interpretations.

LifeWays Commencement Address by Susan Silverio

Commencement Address by Susan Silverio at the LifeWays Early Childhood Training Graduation, July 18, 2015, Rockport, Maine

            Life is good!

            How do we know that?

            There are many opportunities here in Maine to experience all that a T-shirt can proclaim as goodness. I hope that you all have had many moments during these summer sessions to be near the water or around a campfire, to share food and to be at play.

Storytelling for Times of Change by Jaimmie Stugard

Jaimmie writes: In a recent newsletter, I wrote of the value of the pedagogical tale.  Throughout time stories have had immeasurable cultural value that moved beyond simple entertainment.  Human history has been chronicled through the oral tradition.  The archetypes found in ancient tales are an expression of our inner life as well as an articulation of our worldly experiences.  It is no wonder that psychologists and anthropologists take a special interest in storytelling and the oral tradition.  It makes sense that humans have always used stories to teach one another about the joys and perils that lay beyond the village gates. 

A New Room by Sandra Schmidt

        As I wait for my new suite to be completed, I have had the time to think about how well I do with transitions and change. Just when I think the move is imminent and I start to prepare myself for the new rhythm we will have in our new surroundings, a delay occurs that sets back our move-in date. It can be frazzling even for a grown-up. It has also made me examine how I am in supporting the children in my care when there is a change. Songs help transitions -- from washing our hands to getting to the table for meals. A strong daily and weekly rhythm helps too.  With the new suite we talk about our future in the room. We've made visits to the room at various points during the construction and we have talked about how some things will remain the same -- yes, we will be taking our toys with us.


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