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Old 01-15-2009, 01:34 PM - Thread Starter
 
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right now we are reading you are your child's first teacher....come join us in the discussion!

: "we need to accept who we are and build up the support we need...no matter what you do, you will find you need and deserve support." :
-rahima baldwin, you are your child's first teacher


so i had this thought in the middle of the night. here we all are, reading the same books based on steiner's philosophies and trying to do the best for our children. i know i have a stack of books i'd like to read and it might be more fun to do it together and then discuss. so i thought i'd see if anyone else is interested.....

so here is a list of books that i am reading/want to read.... :

heaven on earth
you are your child's first teacher
waldorf education
seven times the sun
beyond the rainbow bridge

many of you have probably read these before, but it'd be great to have some re-readers too with different input. i am sure there are other books that i don't have on my list that would be great too.

anyone interested???

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me me me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i get something new fro mthem every time i re-read!

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I'm in! I'm in process of You Are Your Child's First Teacher. But there are a few others I want to read on your list too! (If you don't mind a "take it with a grain of salt" interpretation! I promise I play nice---I'm sooo not religious and my very religious in-laws like me fine and think I'm a good influence!)
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Me too!! Me too!! Heaven on Earth is the best! I reference it often. I keep waiting for another book that can top it but it just can't be beat!!
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I would probably be in too! I have You Are Your Childs First Teacher and I have not even opened it, maybe this would be the motivation I need!
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I'd love to too!!!!:
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i am totally in!

i would love to have a group to discuss with as i read!

how exciting!

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gosh, all of those are on my to read list. I just wish we had a little extra cash right now so we could get them I've already checked our library system. I'll double check the University's, although I know they don't have STS.

I will read the discussion thread with great interest and if I can manage to get a copy of what you're reading at the time would love to join in!!

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ooh...count me in too:
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I'm in

great idea

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I'd like to be in as well!

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: i am so excited.
i find it so comforting to know that other's want to discuss what they are reading too . makes me feel a bit less lonely in this big wide world.

so since a few folks mentioned you are your child's first teacher, how does that sound as a place to start? then maybe heaven on earth next.

had you rather it be a bit structured or just dive on in and start discussing? i am fine with either...and want what will work best for us all.

i look forward to hearing back from you gals. then we can really get to the fun part !

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I think a little structure would help - at least for me. Plus then there's time to inter-library loan books if you don't want to buy that one.
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I'm in.. I have First Teacher and I'll put a request through ILL for Heaven on Earth...
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I think a little structure would help - at least for me. Plus then there's time to inter-library loan books if you don't want to buy that one.
ita!

ill put in a request at the library and check out the used book store!
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I'm in..
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Me too - I've read You Are Your Child's First Teacher and Seven Times the Sun and Understanding Waldorf Education by Jack Petrash.

I'm excited? How will we structure this?

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I have First Teacher also, and haven't yet had "time" to delve into it.
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nak

I'd love to do this!
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I got You Are Your Child's First Teacher recently and hope to start it soon (along with a heap of John Holt books and Above All Be Kind)

Would be fun to discuss... so what's the next step?

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alright gals...i have a plan.

i don't have the time to explain it properly....but best to get started by actually getting your hands on a copy of you are your child's first teacher...

i'll be back later tonight after dd is : with the structure i think the book naturally lends itself to.

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I am in! I will put in a order for the book tonight.. Can we wait a few days so we can get ahold on the book? I would greatly appreciate it! I am SO excited!

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alright gals...i have a plan.

i don't have the time to explain it properly....but best to get started by actually getting your hands on a copy of you are your child's first teacher...

i'll be back later tonight after dd is : with the structure i think the book naturally lends itself to.
yay b/c i have this one!!

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so here's what i've come up with...

you are your child's first teacher sort of naturally has 3 sections:

1. chapters 1-6 (child development)
2. chapters 7-10 (creativity)
3. chapters 11-14 (home life & school life)

i was thinking we should discuss a section a week (specifically but not exclusively). i think it is reasonable to allow 3 weeks for one book and will have enough time to discuss many topics.

would folks be willing and able to start on monday? i want to make sure to give everyone enough time but i don't want to loose momentum either.

i am hoping this will naturally unfold (and am willing to give it some gentle nudges along the way). i don't think we need to say on this day we will discuss this chapter...but i do think that having some structure will be helpful. what do you think?

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I will do my best! I don't know what my weekend looks like but hopefully I can get going on it. This book has several versions, right? Are they all pretty similar? I think I have an older version.
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so i thought i'd be nice too for us to get to know each other a bit (if you are comfortable). it occurred to me that i haven't shared my name yet....

hi i am hillary. i am married to my childhood best friend. we have a daughter, tait, who is 21 months old. we live in nashville, tn. we moved back "home" this summer after living in bozeman, montana : for 5 years.

we are ap parents...and waldorf seems like an organic evolution to many of our values. we cloth diaper (before dd potty-trained herself, yup she keeps me on my toes ), are extended breastfeeding, cosleep, selective vax, non-dairy and very picky meat eaters. i am constantly researching ways to live more naturally and nurture our family.

hmmm....what else?
i am a birth-junkie!!! i love to knit :, i LOVE yoga. i love creating things in the kitchen. i just posted an honesty post on my blog a couple days back, that will probably prove to give you some insight into me. so might go check that out....

i am looking forward to this.
gotta go, dh is home and is vying for my attention

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Sounds great!

I'm Nicole, and my dh and I have 4 children. My ds1 is 13, my dd is 10, my ds2 is 3, and my ds3 is almost 11 months. We live in southern Indiana.

I always describe myself as kinda-sorta-Waldorf. I'm a pick and chooser. I didn't discover Waldorf till my ds2 was born; I really wish I had known about it when my older two were small. There are so many things that I love and appreciate about Waldorf and I'm always trying to learn more.

I love to read and do all kinds of crafty stuff.

Sorry, I don't have much sparkling wit or creativity right now - it's been a loooong day spent with a babe who has a double ear infection.

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I'm Kayte and I should be finishing up the last details for a birthday party tomorrow morning and be in bed... but instead am on the computer....

I'm 36 and in May will be married to my college sweetheart for 14 years.

Our one and only Arwen turns three on Monday and I have a party for little ones tomorrow (with our Music Together teacher) and family celebration on Monday (we're celebrating her birth and the last day of "w"). (So it will probably Tuesday before I am back here)

We live in Texas.

I love to craft--pretty much every type but am currently in a sewing phase and am learning to knit.

I also love to read--especially child development and early education.

The school we have chosen for Arwen to attend (next fall) is a blend of styles but all the teachers have some Waldorf training.

I can't wait for spring to get our garden going again --placed my order with Seeds of Change last week.

That's kinda a random collection of things about me -- but my brain is scattered with party prep....

I am looking forward to having other people to discuss these ideas with--since it's not most of friends' cup of tea.
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Okay, it's my turn!

My name is Sarah, I am the thirty year old mother of Lars Oskar, born at home on 10.17.08. I have two stepdaughters who are 11 and 13, who until recently attended a Montessori school in Madison, WI where we live. My husband, Doug and I have been together for eight years and married for two.

I am excited to get started in our book club!

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I'm in!

My name is Jen and I'm 29 years old. DP and I have been together for about eight years. We have two children. E is 28 months old -- a wonderful ball of energy. He keeps me on my toes 24/7. A is 38 weeks in utero. We can't WAIT to finally meet her!

Our family is very new to Waldorf. We're really just barely scratching the surface. I don't know if we will ever fully subscribe to all of the Waldorf concepts, but the parts we've experienced so far have brought us closer together as a family.

I recently acquired You Are Your Child's First Teacher (along with a couple other of the books in the original post) and I'm looking forward to reading along with ya'll.

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