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Fascinating article: "Teaching our Children to Read, Write and Spell"

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I was looking around in the Mothering home page and came across a link to a magazine called Lilipoh ~ The Spirit of Life. Went to their website and found this fascinating article by Susan Johnson, an M.D. who is a Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrician:

Teaching our Children to Read, Write and Spell

Excerpt:
"It is time to remove the desks from kindergartens and preschools. Our preschools and kindergartens need to fill their curriculums with play consisting of lots of sensory integration activities that will strengthen fine motor movements, visual motor abilities, balance, muscle tone, proprioception, as well as strengthen children’s social and emotional development. Activities like imaginary play, climbing, running, jumping, hopping, skipping, walking the balance beam, playing circle games, singing, playing catch, doing meaningful chores, painting, coloring, playing hand-clapping games, doing string games, and finger knitting will strengthen their minds for learning. Children need these healthy, harmonious, rhythmic, and noncompetitive movements to develop their brains. For it is the movements of their body that create the pathways in their mind for reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, and creative thinking."
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Wow Lillian that was GREAT! I needed to read the part about young infants & children sleeping & how they are not aware of their bodies in space & that when a parent is nearby the childs proprioception(nervous System) senses this & this makes it easier for the child to go back to sleep. So so fascinating.

Gotta forward this to about 3 dozen people
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That is a very nice article. Thanks for posting it!

I would love to see references for what the author is saying. There are a lot of clues that it is written from a Waldorf perspective, and the mag is geared toward Waldorf education.

I wonder how much of the content is influenced by the author's involvement in Waldorf, vs. her training as a pediatrician.
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That is indeed a wonderful article. Thank you, Lillian.
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Interesting article. I can see quite a bit of my son in the description of the child in the earlier part of the article (as well as my brother who struggled in the early years at school).
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That approach certainly works for me. I can't imagine my 4 yr old ds doing anything involving sitting still (unless maybe good food or playdough is involved )
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Wow, that was excellent!
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Originally Posted by slightly crunchy View Post
I would love to see references for what the author is saying. There are a lot of clues that it is written from a Waldorf perspective, and the mag is geared toward Waldorf education.

I wonder how much of the content is influenced by the author's involvement in Waldorf, vs. her training as a pediatrician.
Yes, I was wondering the same thing, but it seemed as if her medical background dominated her take. I'd love to talk with her and find out how she came to be associated with Waldorf - if she'd come across it after already having some strong ideas about how things should be... I'm not a big Waldorf advocate - my son was in two years of the kindergarten, and then we left - but I found lots of things I liked about it along with all the things I didn't. Lillian

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