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Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
- James Baldwin
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    • Ask Evelyn is one of the best websites I've found for good, down-to-earth, common sense advice about raising children.   Evelyn Petersen has credentials a mile long but, even more important, she is wise.   I can't recommend her enough.   Stop reading this, just go there, now.

    • AWSNA stands for Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.   Their mission is to strengthen and support Waldorf schools and Waldorf teacher education institutes.   They also work to inform the public about Waldorf education, so this is a good starting place to learn about Waldorf.  I am a member of AWSNA and their beautiful publication, Renewal, is a welcome sight in my mailbox!

    • ELL, or English Language Learners Website is put together by teachers, so you know that it's worthwhile.   Full of good information, links and resources.

    • FLY which stands for Financially Literate Youth, is an energetic, exciting program aimed at children 3 to 9 years old.  Though it's a brand new brainchild of a local woman, with only one location here in Traverse City, I think it has great franchise potential.   In the meantime, for those who live far away, she has CDs and other ways to bring FLY to your home. Note:   FLY owner, Leslie Falconer, has shifted to Mother Goose Time preschool curriculum business.   Her FLY materials can still be found imbedded in the lesson plans there, sadly diluted.   Still, you can contact her and discuss the materials and which cirriculum packets might supply them.   And I highly recommend her book, The Great Mountain Hike

    • I first heard about HeartMath® from Joseph Chilton Pearce when he was a keynote speaker at a Waldorf conference in Washington D.C.   I was completely won over by the man and he spoke high praise of this place and the work that they're doing.   Explore for yourself this amazing Institute that is dedicated to helping people find balance between their mind and heart in life's activities. Their website is huge, full of free and purchaseable resources; basic research on emotional physiology and heart-brain interactions, clinical studies, and research on the physiology of learning and performance.   An additional line of inquiry aims to further the scientific understanding of the human biofield, intuition, and emotional energetic system.   In their words, "The Institute of HeartMath's research forms the foundation for the development of practical, scientifically-validated tools and technologies that enable people to improve their health, performance, and quality of life."

    • LifeWays is devoted to developing healthy childcare and training programs for caregivers,parents and parent educators.  These activities are inspired by the works of Rudolf Steiner and the experience of Waldorf education and are supported by contemporary early childhood research as well as common sense and wisdom of many generations of parents.

    • Odyssey of the Mind is one of the most amazing events for kids in the world, but it can't happen without a lot of patient, commited, dedicated adults.   If you aren't already involved, click on the link, find out about it and volunteer.   If you don't have much time, you can be a judge or help register people at your local event, which will only take one or two days out of your whole year.   If you have more time, are calm and wise, you can be a coach, which is one of the most admirable things a person can do for kids.   Check it out.   I guarantee that you will be rewarded with new insight into creativity, competition and human spirit.
    • The Online Waldorf Library or OWL is an outstanding resource that you've got to see to believe.   No need to register or join anything and hundreds of articles are free for your use.   The focused search page will help you find articles under specific topics or peruse pages on research, journals, dissertations or "new resources."   This website is a fantastic service and invaluable Waldorf resource.

    • We all need a little fresh air for the mind in order to raise our children well and Prarie Home Companion is just that.   I've been a huge fan of Garrison Keillor's for decades and if you haven't taken the time to listen to his radio show, give it a whirl.   It reflects a down-to-earth respect for our simple daily lives and deep insight into our journey here.

    • The Tinkering School offers an exploratory curriculum designed to help kids - ages 7 to 17 - learn how to build things.   By providing a collaborative environment in which to explore basic and advanced building techniques and principles, we strive to create a school where we all learn by fooling around.  All activities are hands-on, supervised, and at least partly improvisational.

    • WECAN stands for Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America.   Their mission is to protect and nurture the healthy development of the young child and they do it by providing resources for early childhood educators and parents interested in Waldorf early childhood education.  I find their newsletter, Gateways to be the most valuable publication in the child care field today and, after all these years of child care, their bookstore is one that can still offer me new and helpful information in my field.   I am a member of WECAN and Joyful Noise Daycare has been infinitely enriched by their unending efforts.

Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise -- as priests, prophets or philosophers are wise.
Specialized competence and success
are all that they can imagine.
-- Allan Bloom
© 2011 Christine Bazzett