The Pedagogical Principle of Imitation

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The Principle of Imitation is everything   If there is one thing I am grateful for, it is the knowledge that imitation is everything when it comes to raising and teaching little children.     Every single day, I can see this principle in action.     When we are aware of this fact, then the role of educating a…

Sing while you work (bake)!

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Sing while you work.  Or better yet… SING while you BAKE! I believe in letting children join in as soon as possible.   Not just in the ‘nice’ tasks such as baking and bread making, but in helping you to hang out washing, sweep floors, wash windows, polish tables- in fact, just about anything. Children love to pass you pegs,…

Children Imitate Parents: Imitation for Learning

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Children Imitate Parents: The Power Of Imitation For Learning     Here is a really cute video reminding us how powerful imitation really is. This sweet video makes us laugh but there is a message in here. Children imitate parents… and caregivers, and teachers, and siblings, and grandparents, and….just about anyone who has some kind of impact upon that child’s…

Choosing child-friendly movies. A ratings guide to help.

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Have you ever let your children watch a movie or television show, only to realise too late that the content was far beyond what you had imagined it might be? Have you ever let your children watch something in good faith and been shocked at types of play that appears directly after watching it? Have you ever been seduced by…

Meet Mr Postman Ned! Playing with post-it notes

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Ned has taken to playing Mr Postman. We gave him this fabulous wooden no-training-wheels bike for his 2nd birthday (3rd birthday would have been better but I think we were a little excited!!) He still isn’t tall enough to put his leg over the seat but quite happily pushes it about, ringing the bell to let us know he is…

The Imitation Principle and Dads- finding ways to modify real work

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In my Waldorf community, there are only women teachers.  I have one ever seen one male working consistently in the early years area, and he left many years ago, never to be seen again. And as much as us women try to provide balanced experiences for the children in our communities, by engaging the children in woodworking, heavy lifting, setting…