The Movable Classroom Concept: Learning through movement for positive discipline and self-regulation development in young children

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26Jan
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  The Movable Classroom- what is it and how does it work?   Shining Rivers Waldorf School in Webster Groves introduces innovative Movable Classroom concept to Grades 1 and 2, balancing children’s need for movement with their desire to learn creatively. At Shining Rivers Waldorf School, the most recent innovation in the classroom is decidedly old-school. It doesn’t have any…

7 Top Tips for Motivating Children to Learn

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27May
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Motivating children to learn. My top seven practical, tried-and-true tips from a lifetime working with children. Brought to you by ASG. Plus, see below for details on how to enter ASG’s competition to win a week-long luxury family excursion!   I’ve had all kinds of teaching and learning experiences with children- in mainstream schools and Steiner Waldorf ones; across preschools…

Why I love Waldorf Kindergartens

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25May
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(Ned’s 6 year old birthday celebration) “Long have I searched for you, you wicked creature”   Why I LOVE Waldorf Kindergartens   Ned and I were in the bath last week after Jack had gone to bed, and he started telling me the exciting news that he played the ‘Woodcutter’ that day at kindergarten. Without further ado, he said in…

Ken Robinson Ted Talk On Creative Education For Kids And Life

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14Sep
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Ken Robinson TED Talk on Creative Education for Kids If you have kids, then I STRONGLY RECOMMEND you take 20 minutes and watch this Ken Robinson TED talk video. There is a reason it is the most watched TED talk ever. His ideas about what our children will be facing in their schooling life, and beyond into their unknown future…

The car race game: a movement game and tool for left to right brain integration

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11Apr
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As an early childhood educator and a mum, I want to make sure (as we all do) that my son has plenty of movement opportunities, especially things that help develop his left-right brain integration which is so important (crucial?) for academic readiness and formal schooling preparation. And the most effective way to do this is through fun and games. Recently,…

Use symbols and pictures to help children establish ownership

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17Jan

Younger children who can’t yet read, are able to recognise symbols. Using symbols is the perfect way to help children establish a sense of ownership over their things when they can’t yet recognise their own name. Not only that, a symbol is something fun! Recognising, and then drawing symbols is the basis for writing and reading too. Think Egyptian heiroglyphics!!…

Old Freedom Train alphabet book for reading preparation by Shayne Jackman

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18Sep

Shayne Jackman is the author of this wonderful new book, called “Old Freedom Train” Check it out! “Old Freedom Train” is a Steiner/Waldorf- Inspired Alphabet Book  featuring 26 hand drawn, characterised illustrations of the letters of the alphabet. Each picture is the letter, and each letter is the picture — taking children on a journey of both heart and mind….

Help your child to read: the importance of movement for brain skills

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12Sep

Learning to read is one of life’s great joys, but it can be one of life’s biggest frustrations! Anything that can help a child (or adult) to learn to read is marvellous, especially if it is fun and entices someone to want to engage in the learning process with joy! One trick is getting the foundation right. Movement helps with…