Kindergarten (and pre-K)

  • School Readiness – the Developmental View

    Posted by Christopherus

    by Earl J. Ogletree (Reprinted with kind permission from Steiner Education, Vol.24, No.2  – 1990) In this hurry-up society, can anything wait? Apparently not, when it comes to determining the appropriate time your children should begin formal schooling. The majority…

  • First Grade Readiness by a Homeschooling Mother in Vermont

    Posted by Christopherus

    Our Story (edited version) She was ready, I knew it. She turned 6 in September, could already read very well, add and subtract. She could jump, follow directions and loved learning. She had lost five teeth. She was definitely ready….

  • First Grade Readiness : Help Your Child by Getting the Timing Right

    Posted by Christopherus

    by Alicia Benoit-Clark Studies indicate that children who start school too soon can experience a number of difficulties. Researchers James Uphoff and June Gilmore found that children who started first grade under six years three months tended to have greater…

  • Tea with Donna Question and Answers

    Posted by Christopherus

    The Transition from Kindergarten to the Grades This is a really good question for homeschoolers to put some thought into. Although part of the point of the kindergarten years is to create healthy forms which can then be the basis…

  • Books for Three Year Olds

    Posted by Christopherus

    The following is a very common question which, over the years, I have answered many times. We have reprinted it here to help others. Question: Do you have any book recommendations for three year olds? And what are the types…

  • The Frustrated Two Year Old

    Posted by Christopherus

    The agony of the frustrated two year old! A very popular topic for discussion over the years on my old forum, with clients….at conferences. Here are some thoughts. And don’t forget to look at our early years book The Journey…

  • The Journey Begins at Home: A Waldorf Early Years Guide

    Posted by Christopherus

    I am really please with the positive feedback I've been getting about the new and upcoming Early Years book we are creating! Just to remind you all…it is in ebook form so you need to either print it out yourselves…

  • Second Grade Speech and Poetry

    Posted by Christopherus

    The following is an excerpt from our Christopherus Second Grade Syllabus, from the language arts section. I am very proud of our curriculum materials but I have to say that I am especially proud of the language arts section of all our…

  • Musings on School Readiness and Older Children

    Posted by Christopherus

    It’s that time of year again…parents agonizing about whether their six year old should start first grade or stay in kindergarten….Such a big decision. Steiner’s entire picture of the development of the human being rests on an understanding of the seven…

  • Review: A Warm and Gentle Welcome, a WECAN publication

    Posted by Christopherus

      Kudos to Carrie Dentler (theparentingpassageway) for jumping into the midst of what I see as a huge contradiction in the world of Waldorf Early Childhood. She highlights what I also see to be as a real problem – the…

  • Drowning in Dialogue

    Posted by Christopherus

    Just the other day I was in our local co-op (center of life here in our small Midwest town – especially now when there are two feet of snow on the ground) bobbing about doing my shopping when I became…

  • Imagination and Discipline

    Posted by Christopherus

    by Donna Simmons Today I had an opportunity to remember how one needs to develop one’s own imagination so as to deal creatively with a potential discipline problem with young children. What happened was both typical and easily dealt with…

  • Is Childcare as Good as Mama-care?

    Posted by Christopherus

    Every once in awhile I have one of those “Emperor’s New Clothes” moments – you know what I mean. In this story, the emperor is gullible and gets taken in by two con-men who claim to make him the most…

  • Revisiting Jean Liedloff and the Continuum Concept

    Posted by Christopherus

    The very first book that I read that set me off and running on the road to “natural parenting” was Jean Liedloff’s The Continuum Concept. Having devoured Ina May Gaskin’s Spiritual Midwifery and militantly given birth to my first son…

  • Extended Savings on Kinder Lyres

    Posted by Christopherus

    Our friend Raphael Weisman is extending his sale on lyres. Here’s his announcement:  We still have a few cosmetic seconds of Kinder Lyres and kits and are offering a 10% discount on any instrument for the next few weeks while…

  • Early Years Rant 3

    Posted by Christopherus

    (So if this was a movie, I’d entitle it Early Years: The Rant Continues……!) Do have a read through my original piece on this topic and then the follow-up. There have been many wonderful contributions by readers as well – which I…

  • Follow-Up – Early Years Rant

    Posted by Christopherus

    Well, well, well – I have been bowled over by the responses to the Early Years Rant I wrote last month. It seems I have hit a chord. I am honored to be able to hold a safe space for…

  • Early Years Rant

    Posted by Christopherus

    Every once in a while a thread on my discussion forum hits me in such a way that I let lose with what basically amounts to a rant…. Most of my “sensitive spots” have to do with issues having to do with societal …

  • When A Child Kills A Pet

    Posted by Christopherus

    By Donna Simmons (2008) (this is a post from our discussion forum. The thread was from a distressed forum member whose 3 year old son killed their pet rabbit. She was concerned that he did not seem to show any…

  • Daddy Central

    Posted by Christopherus

    Here’s a post from my old yahoo group on a popular question : how to cope with the chaos that Daddy’s daily arrival home wrecks on the peaceful pre-bedtime routine?! How to honor Dad’s need to see his children -…

  • A Question of Control

    Posted by Christopherus

    Here’s a somewhat reworked piece that I wrote on my forum in response to a member wondering whether she was being too controlling of her children. She has three little girls – a pair of twins and another child, all…

  • Helping Little Ones with Manners

    Posted by Christopherus

    Here’s another reworked post from our Waldorf at Home discussion forum…. If this is a topic which interests you, do consider purchasing my talks on Good Manners and on Talking Pictorially to Young Children for more practical help with this!…

  • Caring for a Cat

    Posted by Christopherus

    (I am now starting to put selected posts which I have written on my discussion forum here on my blog… I can’t re-print the whole conversation which we have, but just a few snippets here and there which I think…

  • A Wonderful Circle Time Resource

    Posted by Christopherus

    With so many of our young children displaying various sensory, balance, learning and behavioral challenges, many parents need to learn how to work purposefully to help heal and also prevent such problems. Nancy Blanning and Laurie Clark’s new book, Movement…

  • Save Steiner Schools Camaign (UK)

    Posted by Christopherus

    We recently received an e-mail forwarded from the newly-created Save Steiner Schools Campaign in the UK. A new law coming into effect in the UK will effectively make it illegal for kindergartens and pre-schools not to teach children aged 4…

  • So How Do You Manage All Day at Home?

    Posted by Christopherus

    Following on from my last blog which I wrote earlier today I want to help parents think through how they actually can mange to be at home all day with tiny children if they too believe that this is what…

  • From two to three – early ed for tinies

    Posted by Christopherus

    A few weeks ago I gave a talk to parents in our community about early years parenting. Most of the parents attending had their children part time at one of the local Waldorf-inspired  in-home nursery or day-care providers here. The…

  • Review: ” Beyond the Rainbow Bridge”

    Posted by Christopherus

    Just about everyone who is interested in ways of working with Waldorf with young children knows about Rahima Baldwin’s You Are Your Child’s First Teacher. But then…. then what? What is another good book to read? I have a number…

  • Speaking and Reading to Little Ones

    Posted by Christopherus

    (Here’s another reworked post of mine from my yahoo group, Waldorf_At_Home) In this thread I have not been saying that we shouldn’t talk to our children!! What I am saying is that there is balance needed – that parents who…

  • Fantasy and Imagination

    Posted by Christopherus

    (another message taken from my yahoo group Waldorf_At_Home and reworked slightly…) When working with questions around the existence of fairies, I guess it all depends on how one views the world, all of Creation and the powers that work within…

  • Magazines for Little Children

    Posted by Christopherus

    (this has been adapted from a message I posted on my yahoo list, Waldorf At Home.)   Children under the age of 7 live wholly in their bodies – they are on the go, meeting the world bodily from the…

  • Little Ones Who Chatter

    Posted by Christopherus

    (the following is adapted from a message I posted on my yahoo group “Waldorf-At_Home”) Fundamental to a Waldorf understanding of young children is therecognition that they are in  the imitative phase of their lives. Everything that goes on around them…

  • Reading Readiness

    Posted by Christopherus

    The following is from my yahoo discussion group – it is obviously part of a thread but I thought there is enough that might be of interest here to warrant re-printing it. My experience tells me to be even more…

  • Early Learning

    Posted by Christopherus

    This article first published in the Homeschool Journey newsletter, August 2004 I recently received a catalog from a well-known, well-established and, apparently, well-respected homeschool curriculum provider. These folks have been in the homeschooling business for a long, long time and…

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