You are Your Child's First Teacher: Encouraging Your Child's Natural Development from Birth to Age Six

You are Your Child's First Teacher: Encouraging Your Child's Natural Development from Birth to Age Six

Paperback

By (author) Rahima Baldwin Dancy

$14.04
List price $24.98
You save $10.94 43% off

Free delivery worldwide
Available
Dispatched in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

  • Publisher: TEN SPEED PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 26mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 20 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Berkeley CA
  • ISBN 10: 1607743027
  • ISBN 13: 9781607743026
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 14,072

Product description

"You Are Your Child's First Teacher" was the first book in America to popularize the insights of Rudolf Steiner, founder of the Waldorf schools, regarding the developmental needs of young children. This revised and updated edition offers new ways for parents and educators to enrich the lives of children from birth to age six. Some of the most important learning years happen before your child reaches school. In You Are Your Child's First Teacher, respected Waldorf educator Rahima Baldwin Dancy explains the different stages of learning that children go through from birth to age six, giving you the wisdom and understanding to enrich your child's natural development in the right way at the right time. Today's society often pressures us into overstimulating young children with flashcards, workbooks, videos, and electronic gadgets in a well-meaning attempt to give them a head start. But children are not little adults--they learn and grow in radically different ways at different ages, and what we do to help could actually hurt instead. A trusted classic for over twenty years, this newly revised edition contains updated resources and additional information on discipline, early childhood programs, toilet training, using home life as curriculum, and more. From language and cognitive develop-ment to appropriate toys and nourishing your child's artistic abilities, Dancy speaks up for a rational approach to child-rearing, one that helps children be children while we fulfill our important role as parents and first teachers.

Other people who viewed this bought:

Showing items 1 to 10 of 10

Other books in this category

Showing items 1 to 11 of 11
Categories:

Author information

RAHIMA BALDWIN DANCY is internationally known as a Waldorf early childhood educator, author of Special Delivery, and coauthor of Pregnant Feelings. A mother of four, Dancy is a founding board member of LifeWays North America and co-founded/directed Rainbow Bridge LifeWays Program in Boulder, Colorado. Currently, she is the director of Informed Family Life, through which she organizes national conferences on alternatives in birth, parenting, and education. Visit www.waldorfinthehome.org.

Review quote

"This is a terrific book, packed with commonsense advice on the real basics of healthy mental and emotional development. Rahima is a wise and knowledgeable guide for parents struggling to raise good kids in a challenging world. Someday your children will thank you for reading this book!" -Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., author of "Different Learners" and "Your Child's Growing Mind" "Here is an extraordinary work for those who want to develop a truly intelligent child and, in the process, unlock new levels of their own intelligence and spirit. Rahima Baldwin Dancy gives us a brilliant new insight into early childhood based on the work of Rudolf Steiner and her own rich experience as mother, midwife, and teacher. I only wish it might be required reading for both men and women in all high schools and colleges." -Joseph Chilton Pearce, author, "Magical Child" "Every time I dip back into "You Are Your Child's First Teacher," and there have been many times, I feel like I have been gently elevated and reassured. Rahima gives a compass bearing to the parenting soul." -Kim John Payne, M.ED., author of "Simplicity Parenting" "In "You Are your Child's First Teacher" Baldwin Dancy offers counsel and advice as from a warm and caring friend, never condescending or authoritative, but encouraging, supportive, suggesting new approaches and offering her own experiences for consideration." "-Home Education Magazine " "It is Baldwin Dancy's sensitive, sincere, and ever-so-natural tending to the soul and spirit, as well as mind and body, of the newborn and young child, that makes this a very special book." "-The Wellspring Guide" "Parents do not need a new set of rules or another authority telling them how to raise their children, only the capacity to see and understand the young child as a human being. Baldwin Dancy believes she can help parents harness the necessary 'cognitive and intuitive knowledge' to accomplish the task." -The Brown

Table of contents

Preface to the Revised Edition Acknowledgments CHAPTER 1 You Are Your Child’s First Teacher A Unique Opportunity • Parents’ Dilemma Today • Cultural Dilemmas • Lack of Support for Mothering • Children Are Not Tiny Adults! • The Child’s Changing Consciousness • The Role of the Child’s Individuality • How Children Learn in the First Seven Years • Our Task as First Teachers • Trusting Ourselves • Recommended Resources   CHAPTER 2 Home Life as the Basis for All Learning Home Life Is Undervalued in Our Culture • Why Is It So Difficult to Be Home with Children Today? • Consciously Creating a Home • Four Levels of Home Life • Home Life as the Curriculum for the Young Child • Recommended Resources   CHAPTER 3 Birth to Three: Growing Down and Waking Up Growing into the Body • What Is Your Baby Like Between Six Weeks and Eight Months of Age? • Learning to Walk • The Second Year: Mastering Language • The Emergence of Thinking • The Young Child’s Senses • The Emerging Sense of Self • Recommended Resources   CHAPTER 4 Helping Your Baby’s Development Stimulating and Protecting the Sensitivity of the Newborn • What Is It Like Being with a Newborn? • What Is It Like from Months Two to Twelve? • Physical Development • The Development of Intelligence • Emotional Development • Language Development • Toys for the First Year • Recommended Resources   CHAPTER 5 Helping Your Toddler’s Development Encouraging Balanced Development • Dealing with Negative Behavior • Encouraging the Development of Language and Understanding • The Beginnings of Imaginative Play • Providing a Rich Environment for Your Toddler • Toys and Equipment • Recommended Resources   CHAPTER 6 Rhythm in Home Life Creating Rhythm in Daily Life • The Rhythm of the Week • Celebrating Festivals and the Rhythm of the Year • Celebrating Birthdays • Recommended Resources   CHAPTER 7 Discipline and Other Parenting Issues The Question of Discipline • Why Does Parenting Take So Much Energy? • Can You Work toward Rhythm with an Infant? • What about Weaning? • Crying Babies • What about Going Back to Work? • How Long Do Children’s Senses Need Protecting? • Toilet Training • Separation Anxiety and “Helicopter Parenting” • Cabin Fever • Other Parenting Issues • Recommended Resources   CHAPTER 8 Nourishing Your Child’s Imagination and Creative Play Three Stages of Play • Experiencing the World through Play • The Importance of Play in Intellectual Development • Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Creative Play • Nourishing Your Child’s Imaginative Play through Stories • Recommended Resources   CHAPTER 9 Developing Your Child’s Artistic Ability   Children’s Drawings and Development • The Experience of Color • Watercolor Painting with Young Children • Metamorphosis in Later Stages of Life • Modeling with Beeswax • Making Things with Your Children • Freeing Your Own Inner Artist • Recommended Resources   CHAPTER 10 Encouraging Your Child’s Musical Ability Make a Joyful Noise • Music and Cognitive Development • Singing with Your Child • Movement Games and Fingerplays • Pentatonic Music and the “Mood of the Fifth” • What about Music and Dance Lessons? • Recommended Resources   CHAPTER 11 Cognitive Development and Early Childhood Education Academic vs. Play-Based Learning • Why Not Introduce Academics Early? • The Value of Preschool • Evaluating Early Childhood Programs • LifeWays and Waldorf Early Childhood Programs • LifeWays and Waldorf in the Home • The Value of Mixed-Age Programs • When Is Your Child Ready for First Grade? • What Happens Around Age Seven? • Beginning Academic Work: The Waldorf Approach • What about the Advanced or Gifted Child? • Recommended Resources   CHAPTER 12 Common Parenting Questions: From Television to Immunizations Preparation for Life • Computers • Balanced Development • Television • Toys • Video Games • Immunizations and Childhood Illnesses • The Sick Child • What Makes Children So Different from One Another? • Religion and Young Children • Recommended Resources   CHAPTER 13 Help for the Journey Conscious Parenting Is a Process  • In Conclusion   Appendix: Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf Education Notes Bibliography Index