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The Connection Between Lack Of Sleep And A Shrinking Brain

Waldorf Principle Explored: 3-Day-Rhythm If you embrace Waldorf education you have probably heard about the importance of the 3-day-rhythm. One of the central principles of this method is that allowing the child to “sleep on” a lesson will allow them to absorb the information more deeply and explore it more efficiently the following two days. Huffington Post While...
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New Insight: How Children Learn Math

This is part of our “Waldorf Education in the News” series. We use this series of posts to direct you to news relating to Waldorf educational principles highlighted in the news or supported by scientific studies. To see more articles like this click the “Waldorf in the News” link to...
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The Decline of Play and Rise in Children’s Mental Disorders

This is part of our “Waldorf Education in the News” series. We use this series of posts to direct you to news relating to Waldorf educational principles highlighted in the news or supported by scientific studies. To see more articles like this click the “Waldorf in the News” link to...
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What Happens When Adults Play?

As Waldorf inspired parents & teachers we spend a lot of time creating the ideal playroom for our students, and making sure they have all the “right” educational and creative toys. But what about the parent or teacher? Adults need playtime too and it does not always need to be standard adult...
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The Importance of Singing in the Home & Classroom

By Michelle Marinelli Prindle Singing is the single most important musical experience a child can have.  It lays the foundation for all future musicality in life.  In many years of teaching private music lessons and classes, I have seen that all children can learn to make music.  Yet it is...
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How to Make Math Fun

In Waldorf education math for a first and second grader is a joyous experience. This continues through the lower grades with math being integrated into drawing, form drawing, art, hands-on activities, and handwork. However, as the children get older and the math becomes more challenging it becomes increasingly difficult to...
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What Broadway Shows Can Teach You About Life

Preface: Our local Civic Center, The Des Moines Performing Arts Center, brings many shows to Des Moines every year. They not only bring amazing Broadway performances, professional dancers & touring shows to our local stage but they give homeschoolers and public school students wonderful chances to see performing art shows & interact...
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Nature Walks in The Upper Grades

Nature walks are a much talked about feature of early childhood programs in Waldorf inspired schools. They are also an important part of the educational day for children. However, nature walks can and should continue into the upper grades and even high school. This essay by my student Sunii, illustrates...
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First Grade and the Seven Year Old

By Waldorf Teacher, Diane Power This article is exclusive to and copyright Earthschooling.com I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parents seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to “know” as to “feel.” If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom,...
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A Waldorf National Day Celebration

The ideas below can be used for any national celebration in any country. We used the Fourth of July in America as our example. In today’s world of amusement parks, sugar-filled treats, electric grills and commercialism where does one go for a, earthy, non-electric, Waldorf 4th of July or any Independence Day celebration for...
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Parenting the Nine Year Old by Rahima Baldwin Dancy

Like this article? See another article by Rahima HERE. Find curriculum for your nine-year-old HERE. Parenting the Nine Year Old By Rahima Baldwin Dancy I wrote this article to describes the developmental changes of the nine-year-old child and how parents and Waldorf education meet this psychological stage. It first appeared in...
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Top Ten Earthschooling Opportunities

1. Our interest-free payment plans are very popular. This week we extended those plans to cover additional items and added a discount as well. You can find special payment plans HERE. 2. Get free mini-lessons, verses, natural healing recipes and more by signing up for our e-mail BLOG delivery service....
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Top Ten Fun Ways to Prepare for Homeschooling Next Year

Whew! We made it through another year! All that preparing, planning, teaching and purchasing of supplies and all those adventures have me worn out! Not to mention the challenges we overcame this year and all the new things we learned. I feel full, satisfied, amazed and slightly worn out and...
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Easy Indoor-Outdoor Portable Fort for Kids

This project can be used for any age or it can be used as part of the third grade “housebuilding” lesson. To create a little portable indoor/outdoor fort… 1. Purchase a few bamboo rods (the kind you get at the gardening center for 1.00 each…they are also at the dollar store)....
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That Pesky Spring Cold!

Someone on a list I am part of posted an article from the New York Times about the dangers of cold medicines for young children and asked if there were alternative  remedies for colds. I could not agree more about the dangers – we have been using alternative medicine for...
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Top Ten Reasons to Travel with Kids

When I tell the children stories of our travels together I always start with the trips they first took when they were “in my belly”. One of our most memorable trips was taking a photo assignment in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I was three months pregnant with Sofi and still working as a photographer...
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