Posted by: LBergstrome | March 14, 2011

To Everything Turn Turn Turn…

“How does Waldorf education nurture the development of children once they are ready to begin formal academic learning in first grade and beyond? – When a child enters first grade they are ready and eager to begin learning writing, reading, and arithmetic. But it is not simply the acquisition of knowledge that is important.”

I recently attended an evening presentation at the Vancouver Waldorf School entitled “The Next 7 Years”. We began by looking at the word education and its etymology – edu cere “to lead out” or “to bring out”.

Before exploring Waldorf education as an option for my family, I had made a basic assumption that schools are a place to fill children with knowledge and information in preparation for higher educational aspirations and to join the workforce as adults. Indeed, we live in a world rich in avenues with which to fill our cups. However, I had not considered that school could also be a place to nurture innate qualities in our children, who are not unlike like flower bulbs ready to send up their first shoot.

We discussed briefly how the first 7 years of a child’s life is dominated by the many milestones of physical development and human will. Among other things, the growth of new teeth mark a child’s readiness to move into the next stage of development and enter the grade school.

The second 7 years is marked by the child’s developing emotional intelligence and feelings. Children tend to think pictorially, and teaching must appeal to the life of the imagination. We delved into the rich grade school curriculum which not only is geared to the child at each age but also to the academic skills necessary to meet B.C.’s provincial requirements.

The Waldorf grade school usually runs through to 8th grade after which the children are ready to move on to the abstract and logical thinking that high school requires by the onset of puberty, thus marking the third 7 year cycle of adolescence.

Waldorf educators believe there is a season for every stage of being, and they aim to teach the right thing at the right time.

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Four Seasons by Nicole Mastrodomenico

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose under heaven.

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep.

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
A time to gather stones together.

A time of war, a time of peace
A time of love, a time of hate
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing.

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time of love, a time of hate
A time of peace. . .I swear it’s not too late.

~Pete Seeger

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  1. Laura,

    No problem on the use of my image, since you credited me and linked back to my work. Thanks for your interest !

    – Nicole

    • Thank you so much Nicole. I hope that it’s presence here will drive more people to visit your gorgeous art work. (I especial love your watercolours)
      Laura


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