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You Are Your Child's First Teacher, Third Edition Encouraging Your Child's Natural Development from Birth to Age Six

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ISBN-10: 1607743027

ISBN-13: 9781607743026

Edition: 3rd 2011 (Revised)

Authors: Rahima Baldwin Dancy

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You Are Your Child’s First Teacherwas the first book in America to popularize the insights of Rudolf Steiner, founder of the Waldorf schools, regarding the developmental needs of young children. This revised and updated edition offers new ways for parents and educators to enrich the lives of children from birth to age six.Since this book first appeared, the complexity and stressfulness of life for young children has increased, and parents are bombarded by contradictions when seeking advice on raising children.You Are Your Child’s First Teacheris not just another set of child-rearing rules, but a new way of understanding child development—body, mind, emotions, and spirit—that equips parents…    
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Book details

List price: $20.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication date: 8/14/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Preface to the Revised Edition
You Are Your Child's First Teacher
A Unique Opportunity
Parents' Dilemma Today
Cultural Dilemmas
Lack of Support for Mothering
Children Are Not Tiny Adults!
The Child's Changing Consciousness
The Role of the Child's Individuality
How Children
Learn in the First Seven Years
Our Task as First Teachers
Trusting Ourselves
Recommended Resources
Home Life as the Basis for All Learning
Home Life Is Undervalued in Our Culture
Why Is It So Difficult to Be Home with Children Today?
Consciously Creating a Home
Four Levels of Home Life
Home Life as the Curriculum for the Young Child
Recommended Resources
Birth to Three: Growing Down and Waking Up
Growing into the Body
What Is Your Baby Like Between Six Weeks and Eight Months of Age?
Learning to Walk
The Second Year: Mastering Language
The Emergence of Thinking
The Young Child's Senses
The Emerging Sense of Self
Recommended Resources
Helping Your Baby's Development
Stimulating and Protecting the Sensitivity of the Newborn
What Is It Like Being with a Newborn?
What Is It Like from Months Two to Twelve?
Physical Development
The Development of Intelligence
Emotional Development
Language Development
Toys for the First Year
Recommended Resources
Helping Your Toddler's Development
Encouraging Balanced Development
Dealing with Negative Behavior
Encouraging the Development of Language and Understanding
The Beginnings of Imaginative Play
Providing a Rich Environment for Your Toddler
Toys and Equipment
Recommended Resources
Rhythm in Home Life
Creating Rhythm in Daily Life
The Rhythm of the Week
Celebrating Festivals and the Rhythm of the Year
Celebrating Birthdays
Recommended Resources
Discipline and Other Parenting Issues
The Question of Discipline
Why Does Parenting Take So Much Energy?
Can You Work toward Rhythm with an Infant?
What about Weaning?
Crying Babies
What about Going Back to Work?
How Long Do Children's Senses Need Protecting?
Toilet Training
Separation Anxiety and "Helicopter Parenting"
Cabin Fever
Other Parenting Issues
Recommended Resources
Nourishing Your Child's Imagination and Creative Play
Three Stages of Play
Experiencing the World through Play
The Importance of Play in Intellectual Development
Ways to Encourage Your Child's Creative Play
Nourishing Your Child's Imaginative Play through Stories
Recommended Resources
Developing Your Child's Artistic Ability
Understanding Children's Drawings and Development
The Experience of Color
Watercolor Painting with Young Children
Metamorphosis in Later Stages of Life
Modeling with Beeswax
Making Things with Your Children
Freeing Your Own Inner Artist
Recommended Resources
Encouraging Your Child's Musical Ability
Make a Joyful Noise
Music and Cognitive Development
Singing with Your Child
Movement Games and Fingerplays
Pentatonic Music and the "Mood of the Fifth"
What about Music and Dance Lessons?
Recommended Resources
Cognitive Development and Early Childhood Education
Academic vs. Play-Based Learning
Why Not Introduce Academics Early?
The Value of Preschool
Evaluating Early Childhood Programs
LifeWays and Waldorf Early Childhood Programs
LifeWays and Waldorf in the Home
The Value of Mixed-Age Programs
When Is Your Child Ready for First Grade?
What Happens Around Age Seven?
Beginning Academic Work: The Waldorf Approach
What about the Advanced or Gifted Child?
Recommended Resources
Common Parenting Questions: From Television to Immunizations
Preparation for Life
Balanced Development
Video Games
Immunizations and Childhood Illnesses
The Sick Child
What Makes Children So Different from One Another?
Religion and Young Children
Recommended Resources
Help for the Journey
Conscious Parenting Is a Process
In Conclusion
Appendix: Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf Education