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What do you/would you do with infants that is Waldorfy? We use playsilks to play peek a boo, and I sing alot, I was just looking for more ideas. TIA!
 

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I am in a waldorf infant class,so I can tell you what we do in the class. the main focus is on observing the baby playing independently (RIE philosophy is being adopted by most Waldorf schools for infancy). Don't give the baby too many toys- just a metal summer bowl, a hankerchief, and a rattle, place them on the floor , put the baby on his/her back and let the baby 'play'. If the baby gets very frustrated, intervene (this is where it gets a little iffy for me, I always intervene before they would like). Take notes while observing the baby, especially vocalizations and gross motor movements. Interact with the baby if the baby is engaging you, otherwise allow the baby to play independently. Being on the ground connects the baby with the earth, and allows for the sky to open up. Natural toys connect the baby with the environment, and not many of them allow the baby to focus their attention and not become distracted. Allowing the baby to do things on their own supposedly allows for the baby to focus on what he/she wants to learn rather than what we want to teach. The idea is that by 'teaching' we prevent the child the joy of discovering on their own (Piagetian idea). Those are the major things...baby needs me!
 

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Thanks! You said lay baby on their back- is tummy time not reommended? THX. We dont have any wooden rattles yet, I have ssome money to spend on Lexi soon though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> She does have a knotty doll which I made for her, and some cloth blocks with rattles. I havde been avoiding the mess of plastic toys I havent been able o get rid of yet. Also, what is a summer bowl?
 

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My daughter has used the RIE approach with my grandson from birth. He is an amazing kid. Tuesday I was hanging out with him for a bit. He is 3 1/2.<br><br>
Among other things, he was showing me how he can go down their little play slide (part of my daughter's day care set up), head first, lying on his back. He obviously figured this all out himself, but he hangs on, lets himself down gradually and as soon as his head touches the floor he turns sideways and rolls onto his hands and knees. Neatly done, with total control, and talking the entire time.<br><br>
I'd suggest getting a copy of "Your Self-Confident Baby" by Magda Gerber (from your local library of course, via inter-library loan if necessary) if you want to find out more about RIE.<br><br>
My daughter swears by it and my grandson constantly impresses by his self-confidence, physical coordination and balance and his ability to figure things out for himself.<br><br>
One other thing that I found interesting. Part of RIE is that you always speak directly to the baby and tell them about what you are going to do. So, for example, you never pick up a baby without saying: Now I'm going to pick you up. What I found interesting is that my grandson understood gobs of language long before he learned how to talk. He was a bit slow at actually speaking, but he could understand what was being said (especially when you didn't want him too). Of course now he never, never stops talking except when he is asleep. Among other things, he has to explain all the plumbing arrangements he encounters. Why are kids so fascinated by plumbing?
 

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I want to say, that there are certainly things I do not agree with in RIE, though some of the ideas are IMO quite fantastic (such as the play). They do not recommend tummy time, though if you are using an AP style, the time spent in a sling counts as neck muscle strengthening<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> . A summer bowl is a little bowl (in the class they are wooden and stainless, at home we are using a small handle-less measuring cup) that can be used presumably to gather summery things, like berries. I had never heard of them before the class either. It is to help the baby discover the concept of in and out, as it can cover objects, and is good to chew of course<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> . My son loves this. Another book to read is "caring for infants with respect" by magda gerber. She has an interesting philosophy, and though I do not agree with all of it, the general spirit of her ideology is consistent with later Wladorf education.<br><br>
deborah is absolutely right about asking the baby before routine tasks. Also, tell the baby what you are doing, what you are about to do, and wait for a response. You'll be amazed at how the interaction changes dynamics quickly when the baby knows what to expect. they really are so brilliant so early!<br><br>
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What is RIE?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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<a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=608506" target="_blank">http://mothering.com/discussions/sho...d.php?t=608506</a><br>
Thread on RIE. The last posting is some links I found with more information. I'm no expert, just a grandma who has observed the outcomes with my grandchildren.
 
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