Living with young children. Creating harmony in the home.

Posted under Practical Advice

13Jul

Can you imagine a child like a great big sack of flour, where every impression  during the ages of 0-3 years old, leaves a mark?   This was an imagery given by Health Consultant Irmhild Kleinhenz from Melbourne Therapy Centre.   Can you picture what that flour sack would look like after 3 years? How many pats, pushes and prods,…

Modifying tasks and activities to suit children’s abilities

Posted under Practical Advice

26Feb

Last weekend, my busy bee husband decided to trim the new growth and old branches from near the back of our fire-prone zone house.  This is a job that has to be done quite regularly as the bush forest out back needs trimming to prevent random sparks alighting our house in the event of a fire. Ned saw Daddy and…

Where to buy a child-size tin dustpan and broom

Posted under Craft Suppliers

9Dec

Thanks to the lovely Lauren of Tasmania (and everyone else who gave sage advice), I now know where to purchase a child size tin dustpan and broom. Perhaps, you’d like to know too! Dragonfly Toys They retail for about $25 each, and would make a wonderful Christmas gift for home corner play, or tidy up after cooking time. I bought…

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

Posted under Construction

29Jul

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…

Supporting Boys in Early Childhood Education

Posted under Educator Inspiration

14Mar

I just had an email from Katie (thank you) and have been in contemplation all day about the joys and challenges of raising little boys. Having my own son has been the catalyst for me to really SEE (with open eyes-oh my gosh, I’m shocked!) the difference in how boys and girls play. It really got me thinking again about…