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Raising the screen-free child: Some parents push back against technology – Alternative Education



Raising the screen-free child: Some parents push back against technology – Alternative Education

By Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune For Katie Silberman, the turning point came when a house painter accidentally ripped out the TV cables. Silberman and her husband, never big TV fans, had fallen into the habit of letting their sons, Lincoln, then 7, and Haven, 4, watch television. Now, with the electronic box quiet at last, […]

Making a Molehill out of a Mountain-simple play-Steiner Education



Making a Molehill out of a Mountain-simple play-Steiner Education

In the modern era of too much too fast, our great challenge as parents is finding ways to slow down. When my first child was a baby, it seemed so easy to control the flow of stuff. I made bold statements that we would only ever allow character-free, wood, lead-free toys in our home. We […]

The Importance of Art in Childhood Development – Alternative Education Australia- Steiner Curriculum



The Importance of Art in Child Development By Grace Hwang Lynch In recent years, school curricula in the United States have shifted heavily toward common core subjects of reading and math, but what about the arts? Although some may regard art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of […]

The Importance of Fairy Tales – Alternative Education Australia – Steiner Education



On the Importance of Fairy Tales Should we continue to read these often frightening stories to our children? Post published by Sheila Kohler on Jun 06, 2014 in Dreaming for Freud   Fairy tales, of course, have been with us for a long time. Some of the earliest were written in a Neapolitan dialect by […]

For creativity, capability and resilience, Steiner schools work



Author Tao Bak Educational Developer at Victoria University The arty Steiner schools are expanding all over the world, but are they as effective as regular schools? Flickr/storebukkebrose, CC BY-SA Steiner education is a popular choice of alternative schooling in Australia, with more than 40 schools country-wide. Along with other alternatives to mainstream schooling, Australia seems […]

Parenting Lessons I Learned From a Waldorf (Steiner) Kindergarten



Via Victoria Feddenon Jun 14, 2014 It was my dream job and I didn’t get it. All I wanted was to work in that beautiful, quaint school with the wooden toys and the sheer silks where everything smelled of lavender. The Waldorf School looked like the calmest, coolest place on earth and when I set […]

The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child



The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child Posted: 05/29/2013 11:29 am EDT Updated: 07/29/2013 5:12 am EDT  Chris Rowan – Huff Post Reminiscing about the good old days when we were growing up is a memory trip well worth taking when trying to understand the issues facing the children of today. A mere 20 […]

Early Academic Training Produces Long-Term Harm – Alternative Education



Early Academic Training Produces Long-Term Harm Research reveals negative effects of academic preschools and kindergartens. Post published by Peter Gray on May 05, 2015 in Freedom to Learn Source: Google images approved for reuse Many preschool and kindergarten teachers have told me that they are extremely upset—some to the point of being ready to resign—by […]

Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain



Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain August 06, 2014 3:43 AM ET Deion Jefferson, 10, and Samuel Jefferson, 7, take turns climbing and jumping off a stack of old tires at the Berkeley Adventure Playground in California. The playground is a half-acre park with a junkyard feel where kids are encouraged to […]