Originally Posted by laralou
I would like to incorporate some of the routines in our daily play. What would you suggest? Is there a primer I could get that would explain the whole thing to me, like circle time (which I don't get), etc.?
Circle time can vary a lot. My daughter does a waldorf style day care. She does perhaps 10 or 15 minutes of circle time, doing simple rhymes, songs and activities. It is nice if you do the same thing every day, the same way. Every once in awhile you can drop one thing and add another, but little kids love predictability and routine with stuff like that.
The important things my daughter does with children that age are:
having a nice play area with toys that encourage creative play-that is toys that can be used for a lot of different activities-rather than being specific to one.
having a very predictable routine, with play time, outside time, snack time and so forth. she sings the transitions and other activities, for example she has a little song for handwashing
she doesn't actually play with the children, just leaves them to play on their own, intervenes if needed, but stays available and active in appropriate background activities, sweeping the floor, preparing the snack, folding laundry
|Also, is reading to them discouraged?
This is one waldorf kindergarten thing that is often misunderstood. Waldorf kindergartens see the primary activity for children between say birth and six years old as being play. Children learn more of what they need to know through play than through any organized adult directed activity. We just need to give them the right tools and the space.
On the other hand, it is great to expose children to books, both to look at and to be read to. My daughter sees the books as being an extension of toys, so she has a small selection of board books for the children to play with.
As part of home life, she reads to her kids regularly, takes them to the library and so on.
Hope this helps,