Published at Saturday, 12 October 2019. Multiplication Worksheets. By Chantalle Dupuy.
The use of digital learning games to teach kindergarten math is by no means a stand-in for traditional education. However, when kids are presented with a fun, interactive learning environment in their own homes, they can build skills and get a deeper understanding of the concepts that will lead to better classroom performance and a more positive school experience. This week our children are returning to school. They are ecstatic, and we are pretty excited too. This is the beginning of our fourth year as Waldorf parents, and our enthusiasm has not waned over time. On the contrary, every year we are more certain that Waldorf is the perfect place to send our children.
Privacy nook. My second daughter loved this place. Silk drapes are hung to enclose a space about four feet square, perfect for just sitting quietly when that is what you need. No more than two children are allowed in the privacy nook at a time. My daughter loved to come here and sit and sing to herself -- and whoever joined her in the nook. Craft time. Children do crafts, not worksheets. They learn the specialty of Waldorf painting: the wet-on-wet method, which encourages experimentation with mixes of color. They also learn sewing, felting, and gnome-making. Free play. Allowing the children to play freely lets them develop themselves as they will. Importantly, while the children play, the adults do not do paperwork; they do tangible work which the children can safely participate in or mimic: washing dishes, ironing, polishing apples, oiling wood, baking bread. The point is to create an environment where the children can feel safe, but not central. It is not healthy for the children to feel like the adults have nothing better to do than dote on them.
The effect of a Waldorf education is to grow a child, with careful tending, into a strong, deeply rooted, freethinking adult, at home in matters spiritual and mundane -- and able to see the spiritual in the mundane. The Waldorf curriculum recognizes the child is a creature of nature and of spirit, and both of these aspects are cultivated and interconnected as the child grows.Enough lecturing! What do you actually see in a Waldorf kindergarten?Tidy hubbies. Near the entrance to the room is a line of wooden hubbies holding rain-boots and rain gear (or snow boots and snow gear, depending on the time of year), slippers, shoes, and a change of clothes.
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