Why is this one of my favorite Waldorf resources?
1. Did I mention I am a pediatric physical therapist?
2. Despite the perception that the Waldorf Early Years is one gnome and fairy fest (and I mean that in a loving way, not a snarky way because don’t we all love the gnomes and fairies?), the Waldorf Early Years are truly about working with a child through his or her body.
3. The Early Years are about protecting all of the 12 senses and for developing the lower four of Steiner’s 12 senses and we do this through the way we act upon the body.
4. Most parents have little understanding of how to bring developmentally appropriate movement to their children. (HINT: It is not through organized sports as early as possible, as much as we all love a good baseball or hockey game!)
5. Uh, did I mention I am a pediatric physical therapist? LOL.
That is why this book is so wonderful and one of my favorites. There is nothing else out on the market like it for the Waldorf homeschooling family, and actually ANY parent would be enriched by reading it and implementing the things in this book!
Chapter 1: Waldorf As Therapeutic Education (with a word about that most famous of topics, Waldorf Guilt!)
Chapter 2: Creating a Nurturing Environment (Birth- about 18 months; Toddlers-3 Years Old; Ages 3-7; Ages 7-9)
Chapter 3: Ideas and Advice :Bilateral Coordination/Body and Spatial Awareness (broken up into under age 5 and over age5); Fine Motor Skills for Hands and Feet’; Balance and Coordination (broken up into under age 7 and over age 7); Listening/Silence; Touch; Visual; Warmth; Memory; For Dreamy, Sluggish Children; Calming Down/Centering; Getting Into the Body/Gross Motor Skills; Smell, Taste and Touch At Home; Dominancy of Hand, Foot and Eye; Horseback Riding; Gardening; Being in Nature; Active Math; A Waldorf-Inspired Backyard Assault Course (ages 6 and up)/ A Backyard Obstacle Course; A Summary of Things to Be Aware Of
Chapter 4: Songs, Fingerplays, Movement, Verses
Including Opening Verses, Closing Verses, Waking Up and Going to Sleep, Giving Thanks, In the Kitchen, Counting and Numbers for Kindergarten/First Grade, Autumn (any age), Winter (any age), Spring, Summer, Nature (any age), Fantasy and Fun, Tongue Twisters, Using the Hands: Finger Plays and Clapping Games, Movement Verses, Clapping Verses for Older Children and other Ideas,
Chapter 6: Groups (and yes, it does say Chapter 6 and I can’t find what page Chapter 5 is on as a heading)
This book is 101 pages long, so each section is only a page or a few pages. And like other Christopherus books, it is spiral bound with paper covers. (I personally always wish the covers were something sturdier).
As you can see by the outline of the chapter headings, this book is one that will see heavy use through multiple ages and children, so I feel it is a worthwhile investment to have a book of your own.
Here is a link to this wonderful book: http://www.christopherushomeschool.org/bookstore-for-waldorf-homeschooling/publications-for-grades-1-through-5/joyful-movement.html
Happy budget planning,