New Edition of You Are Your Child’s First Teacher

First-Teacher-NewCover.jpgWe are pleased to announce that a revised and updated edition of You are Your Child’s First Teacher is now available!

In the third edition I’ve updated all the references (including web addresses) and added two chapters that have grown out of my work with parents and with LifeWays over the past five years.  The new chapters are on “Home Life as the Basis for All Learning” and “Rhythm in Home Life.”

I’m excited that the editors at Celestial Arts contacted me to do a new edition at a time when I had been working with 1-5 year olds and their families through Rainbow Bridge LifeWays Program in Boulder. I’m excited about reaching an expanded audience with this new version!

Check out the new table of contents:

CHAPTER 1

You Are Your Child’s First
Teacher

~ A Unique Opportunity ~ Parents’ Dilemma Today ~ Cultural Dilemmas ~ Lack
of Support for Mothering ~     A Way of
Seeing Children’s Development: Children Are Not Tiny Adults! ~ The Child’s
Changing Consciousness ~ Whose Consciousness Is Changing? ~ Our Task as First
Teachers ~ Trusting Ourselves ~ Recommended Resources ~

CHAPTER 2

Home Life as the Basis for All
Learning

~ Having an Adult Life to Imitate ~ “Homemaking 101 for Busy Parents” ~
Life as the Curriculum for the Young Child ~ Four Levels of Home Life ~
Resources on Conscious Home Making ~               

CHAPTER 3

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 ~ Stimulating and Protecting the Young Child’s Senses
~ The Emerging Sense of Self ~ Recommended Reading

CHAPTER 4

Helping Your Baby’s Development
in the First Year

~ Who Is This “Intimate
Stranger?” ~ The Sensitivity of the Newborn ~ What Is It Like Being with a
Newborn? ~ What Is It Like from Months 2-12? ~ Physical Development ~ The
Development of Intelligence ~ The Development of Intelligence ~ Toys for the
First Year ~ Recommended  Resources ~

CHAPTER    5

Helping Your Toddler’s
Development

~ Encouraging Balanced Development ~ De ing 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 ~ The Rhythm
of the Year ~ Celebrating Festivals and the Course 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? ~ What About Immunizations? ~ Do the
Toddler’s Senses Still Need Protecting? ~ What Makes Children So Different from
One Another? ~ Toilet Training ~ Separation Anxiety and “Helicopter Parenting”
~ Cabin Fever ~ 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 ~ Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Creative Play ~
Nourishing Your Child’s Imagination through
Stories ~ Recommended Resources ~

CHAPTER 9

Developing Your Child’s
Artistic Ability: Coloring, Painting and Beeswax Modeling

~ Understanding 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

Your Child’s Musical Ability:
Songs, Nursery Rhymes and         Circle
Games

~ 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? ~

CHAPTER 11

Cognitive Development and Early
Childhood Education

~ Academic vs. Play-Based Approaches ~ 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

More Parenting Issues

~ Preparation for Life ~ Computers ~ Balanced Development ~ Television
~ Toys ~ Video Games ~ Immunizations and Childhood Illnesses ~ The Sick Child ~
Religion and Young Children ~ Conscious Parenting ~ Recommended Resources ~

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