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

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

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  • Title: You Are Your Child's First Teacher: Encouraging Your Child's Natural Development from Birth to Age Six
  • Author: Rahima Baldwin Dancy
  • ISBN: 9781607743026
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Some of the most important learning years hapYou 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 Some of the most important learning years happen before your child reaches school In You Are Your Child s First Teacher, respected Waldorf educator Rahima Baldwin Dancy explains the different stages of learning that children go through from birth to age six, giving you the wisdom and understanding to enrich your child s natural development in the right way at the right time Today s society often pressures us into overstimulating young children with flashcards, workbooks, videos, and electronic gadgets in a well meaning attempt to give them a head start But children are not little adults they learn and grow in radically different ways at different ages, and what we do to help could actually hurt instead A trusted classic for over twenty years, this newly revised edition contains updated resources and additional information on discipline, early childhood programs, toilet training, using home life as curriculum, and From language and cognitive development to appropriate toys and nourishing your child s artistic abilities, Dancy speaks up for a rational approach to child rearing, one that helps children be children while we fulfill our important role as parents and first teachers.

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    1. I skipped the first chapters, which are about birth and babyhood. There's some interesting stuff here about the importance of play, but also a lot of speculative mumbo jumbo. For instance: "The dreamy state of early childhood is an essential element in the healthy formation of the physical body during the first seven years. The intellect is crystalline and hardening in its effect. When it is engaged prematurely, it can inhibit the proper development of the physical organs and the unfolding of th [...]

    2. Full of great insights and ideas for the first few years of Life. Some of the Steiner-based stuff gets a little "woo-woo" for me, but it's easy to skip over it and take the rest. Great recommended-reading lists at the end of each chapter too, though my old edition, which was from the library, had a fair number of out-of-print books still listed.Among the many "Aha!" revelations for me in the book was the observation that babies, toddlers, and preschoolers (to age 7, according to Waldorf child-de [...]

    3. I love the premise behind this book, but the execution didn't work for me. There's too much touchy-feely/woo-woo/philosophical weirdness going on. There's quite a bit of talk about religion/spirituality, which isn't my cup of tea, and which I don't think was at all necessary in this book. And some of the author's ideas are just wacky. She claims you should never read more than one book to a child at a time, even if they want you to, because it's not good for their soul. Yes, you read that right. [...]

    4. If you hadn't gathered this by the description or other reviews, this is a book based on the Waldorf principles. Turns out there are a lot of elements of the Waldorf approach that I really like. Parts of it seem a bit much, but overall there are many things I agree with like simplifying life, minimal material items, emphasizing pretend play, encouraging music and art, not pushing children to excel beyond their years, giving them time to be children, no TV/computer for little ones, no silly "enri [...]

    5. The title and description of this book are entirely misleading. I don't know exactly what I expected going into it, but I can tell you what I did not expect. I didn't expect to be reading a 370 page advertisement for Waldorf schools. There was some useful information, tips and tricks, mixed into it all, but for the most part I felt like I was reading a spiritualist's guide to figuring out how to pay for private preschool for your children. At first everything seemed dry and scientific, but then [...]

    6. While some of the parenting info in this book made a lot of sense (toddlers need a schedule, etc.), some of it was so many deviations off the bell curve it shocked me. Don't read more than one book to your child per day (even if they ask for more), don't teach your child about anything--wait until they ask you about things they see, don't allow your toddlers to take part in playgroups, music appreciation classes, sports and movement classes. So many don'ts! But apparently they recommend telling [...]

    7. I am in the middle of this book, and am finding that I want to underline, dog-ear, and discuss something on every page! I am new to learning about the different educational theories, and this is the first book from a Waldorf perspective that I've read. There is so much valuable information- some highlights for me have been: -having 'rhythym' in daily life- not strict scheduling, but a flexible predicatablilty to the days that help give kids structure, and help keep the household running more smo [...]

    8. The Rudolph Steiner philosophy is sublime, serene, magical . . . conducive to a utopian existence - of which we do not exist. I want so much for my toddler to be separated from the social media that our western culture harnesses. But in all reality, it's utterly impossible to detach him exclusively from television or any other media outlet that doesn't promote pure, unadulterated goodness. You Are Your Child's First Teacher was well written, and I embrace Rahima Baldwin's standpoint with the utm [...]

    9. I have been curious about Waldorf education and wanted to get a flavor for it without going directly to the Rudolf Steiner primary writings. I learned that a lot of the philosophy is similar to what I already do, I'm just not as extremist about it. I have two renewed goals after reading this book, (1) instead of purposely doing chores when the children are otherwise occupied, to do them with or at least in front of the kids, so that they can either "help" me or at least learn to respect letting [...]

    10. I read this book a long time ago, and it shaped a big part of my parenting.I am rereading it now and still love so much of its wisdom. It's preachy (as are all parenting books) but I continue to pick and choose little nuggets to help with day-to-day life with the children

    11. Really interesting and thought provoking, just soooo dry. Took me forever to get through although I did read one chapter twice by mistake

    12. One of the most indispensable child development books on my shelves! Not only did Dancy pack this text full of useful information about development, there are also suggestions for activities and a seemingly endless list of resources for further research or exploration (toy companies, etc.). Through this book, I was also introduced to Waldorf education, and am now employing many of the concepts in our own home: spending time exploring and appreciating nature, using as many natural-resource toys a [...]

    13. I rated this book four stars based on what I got out of it, which I will mention following. However, there is a lot of other topics, principles, viewpoints, etc of which I do not agree or really think are unimportant. I will not go into that but just disclosing that I tend to overlook the things I could criticize about Many books.What I did like about this book is her explanations about how toddlers learn - through their bodies, motion and imitationThis is very applicable to me right now and was [...]

    14. I liked this book overall. A lot of the information (particularly about infant care) seemed a bit obvious, but there was a lot of interesting ideas as well. This book was largely influenced by the work of Rudolph Steiner, whose writings form the basis for Waldorf Schools. I appreciate the strong emphasis on art and music, as well as a belief in minimizing TV watching and respecting children's natural development. I had some difficulty with some of the more metaphysical beliefs regarding incarnat [...]

    15. A great Waldorf inspired classic. This book will reassure you as a stay at home parent that the first three years are crucial, and that you should trust mother's intuition. If you are wondering what you should be doing all day, it is full of gentle suggestions about how to integrate your child into your family's lifestyle, by using everyday chores as teachable moments. It emphasizes reading, nature hikes, and other gentle, healthy ways of parenting.I get tired of people rushing their 2 years old [...]

    16. Loved some of the ideas in this book, especially rhythms, simple toys, and encouraging creativity. While I prefer the Montessori philosophy to Waldorf, I think everyone can take some great ideas from this book. I read it when my daughter was a newborn, and it really helped me fit her into my daily life as opposed to trying to entertain her all the time. That being said, this book is geared towards stay at home parents, which I am lucky enough to be, but I think it would be hard to use a lot of t [...]

    17. This book was recommended by Hank's Waldorf teacher is a parenting book based in part on Ruldolph Steiner's philosophiesbut it isn't too extreme in its "Waldorf-ness". Rahima Baldwin Dancy happens to live in Boulder and runs a childcare/preschool program here-- but this book is considered one of "the books" for Waldorf parenting, and with good reason; it follows a really developmentally appropriate approach to nurturing the inner life of young children (i.e. does not push extreme early academics [...]

    18. This book was hard to for me to get through, but I took a lot of notes and it really was a wealth of information. I dont't agree entirely with the philosophy or spiritual side of the Waldorf method, but I appreciate the play-based approach to education and the slow growing up process at Steiner emphasizes. I liked be idea of utilizing rhythms into our days, creating peaceful and unhurried environments and offering creative and in maintains play for my boys. I'll definitely be returning to my not [...]

    19. Pros: Lots of excellent information about the stages of early childhood & good practical advice on the most effective way to engage them. I liked all the Rudolph Steiner/Waldorf School stuff.Cons: Presents some dumb crap in an IMHO misguided effort to be 'balanced'.Overall, an interesting and informative read and the stupid stuff is easily ignored.

    20. There is some wonderful information in this book, interspersed with pseudo-scientific nonsense. No vaccines, rosy blankets, helpful fevers? Ridiculous.

    21. Along with 'Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child', this is now my top go-to parenting book. At least until my children are seven years old. I took so much away from this book! These are the main things that stick out in my mind:1. The whole chapter on interpreting your children's art was fascinating. Absolutely insightful! I love being able to "read" Joseph's scribble now, and it gives me a peek into his inner world and soul. 2. Young children experience everything with their whole bodies and are n [...]

    22. This book took me exactly 1 year to read. By the title I was expecting a book about education in the Pre-K years from the parental perspective. Unfortunately (for me) that is not what this book is about. This book is really about applying the Steiner/Waldorf approach to parenting younger children.Overall, it had a few of good points scattered throughout and many points I agreed with, mostly in the first half. However, the points I disagreed with made this book difficult to read and digest, and c [...]

    23. For the most part I found this so calming and encouraging. Now and then, a sentence would strike a defensive nerve with its approach, but for the most part it just gave me ideas and inspiration. Takeaways: *children are young only once (time later)*change child's pattern with love and awareness*working towards rhythm*LEARNING THROUGH IMITATION AND MOVEMENT*discipline: first acknowledgment, then right action*talk in a quiet voice, stick by what you say, repeat it if necessary, actually MOVE with [...]

    24. i really loved this book! There are many good ways to encourage creativity and develop your child's awareness of self and world inside this paperback edition. Many parenting books out there are not as self aware as I found this book to be. I don't subscribe to labels upon myself, but it attachment, hands-free, technology limited parenting sounds like you, then this is the book to read! Many of the things discussed were concepts that I had thought to exist in childhood development, but it was gre [...]

    25. While I enjoyed reading this book as I'm currently devouring all things early childhood education, I felt at times as though the book was trying to troll me. Logical sounding statements would be taken to extremes to which reason would not allow me to follow. My inner monologue whilst reading:Book: Music is very important to the development of young children.Me: YES! Yes, yes!Book: but you should strive for pentatonic songs starting around the A above middle C as that is the tone of the sun and [...]

    26. Definitely not my cup of tea. Because of the overwhelming number of opinions about parenting practices I prefer to read fact based, research oriented parenting books and articles mostly. This has some research and some facts but it's largely a lot of opinion that I wasn't particularly a fan of. If you are very into the spiritual "my child is closely connected to the earth" kind of thing you will really love this book. I did not.

    27. If I could give this more than five stars, I would! I read this because of Waldorf homeschooling, but I truly think every parent should read this.

    28. I liked that this book gave me ideas on what I can do rather saying "do this and you'll get this result." It gave me ideas to fit with my situation.

    29. This book had the basic concepts that where well written but that's as good as it gets. From the beginning you are reading about the author's life more then the topic at hand. when you are talking childcare it's all the same theory repeated in different ways. I bought this book in hopes to help as an introduction to early childhood care but found it more as a 'what not to use' example.

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