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|View Poll Results: Do gnomes exist? Have they ever?|
|Yes, they exist.||11||84.62%|
|Yes, they existed in the past.||2||15.38%|
|No, gnomes are and always have been make-believe.||23||100.00%|
|No, I do not but my child/ren do/es.||4||30.77%|
|No, I do not, neither do my children.||6||46.15%|
|Gnomes are a metaphor for something else (please explain).||5||38.46%|
|I do know about what Steiner said about the existence of gnomes.||8||61.54%|
|I did not previously know that Steiner had said anything about gnomes.||6||46.15%|
|It does not matter whether Steiner said anything about gnomes.||14||100.00%|
|It does matter to me whether gnomes are a part of Waldorf.||6||46.15%|
|They teach about gnomes in our Waldorf school.||6||46.15%|
|They do not teach about gnomes in our Waldorf school.||2||15.38%|
|We are not in a Waldorf school.||15||100.00%|
|Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 13. You may not vote on this poll|
Originally Posted by ratlover
It wouldn't bother me if a teacher believed in gnomes.
Originally Posted by canndw
Once a child goes to the grades in a waldorf school, there aren't very many gnomes at all; mainly the ones that teach the basic arithmetic operations.
Originally Posted by momsgotmilk4two
the way they use them in math isn't much different than the way regular schools use other manipulatives. Instead of those little plastic cubes that stick together (which they use in my son's public K) they use gnomes that stand for addition and subtraction and they use little gems as manipulatives.
|Would you mind if your child's teacher was teaching your child that gnomes do exist?|
Originally Posted by LindaCl
If something DOES exist, it is possible to know it, in theory anyway. Of course, it's also possible that something does exist even though we don't know it. Belief isn't required to accept the potentiality that something does exist. However, the reverse isn't true. If something doesn't exist, it's impossible to know it doesn't exist except through pure belief.
|Do you believe that there are or ever were gnomes?|
|What is your definition of "gnomes"?|
|What is the role of "gnomes" in Waldorf education, to the best of your knowledge? I'm a little hazy on the subject myself but am very curious.|
Originally Posted by momsgotmilk4two
isn't much different than the way regular schools use other manipulatives. Instead of those little plastic cubes that stick together (which they use in my son's public K) they use gnomes that stand for addition and subtraction and they use little gems as manipulatives. Kind of cute, and maybe more captivating for kids than the plain old plastic cubes, since there is a little story involved.
Blissed out mama to 3 beautiful boys LIFE IS GOOD!
Originally Posted by MamaMonica
Riversky- I had the image of gnomes sitting there teaching math, too- with a little pointer and pointy little hat- sort of like TAs or something :LOL
Originally Posted by saintmom
Gnomes are part of the unseen elementaql beings that keep the earth running smothly.if I told you all what I've seen through the years
Originally Posted by waldorf teacher
Ever seen what happens to a room full of people when a platter of plates drops and smashes?
That is the elementals (gnomes) escaping.
|I don't really care if the teachers believe in them or not. One of the things that I observed in my children's Kindergarten teachers is that they never said whether they existed or not. If a child asked, they always replied something like 'What do you think?'. The child then related their feelings on the subject and went away happy. I have used the same technique with fairy, Santa, even sex questions to find out where the child is coming from and determine what they are actually asking and determine what they really want to know. My younger child ususally just wants to be reassured while the older child wants the facts.|
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