Hello! I really hope you will take the time to watch the two hour special video that I’ve prepared for you. As I mention in the video, here is a list of resources as well as some other titles I recommend. But first, here is a really cool little video that explains how people learn and the most important ways children learn….
Born to Learn from Born to Learn on Vimeo.
Born to Learn is the first animation in a fascinating series aimed to provide easy-access to the exciting new discoveries constantly being made about how humans learn!
Miracles Happen All of The Time, Marianne Williamson – Everyday Grace
Jean Liedloff was an American author, born in New York, and best known for her 1975 book The Continuum Concept. During a diamond-hunting expedition to Venezuela, she came into contact with an indigenous people named the Yequana. Over time she became fascinated with the Yequana, and made a decision to return to Venezuela to live with them. She wrote her book The Continuum Concept in an attempt to document the Yequana way of life, in particular their style of child-rearing. The Continuum Concept: In Search Of Happiness Lost (Classics in Human Development)
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s famous investigations of “optimal experience” have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness and greatly improve the quality of our lives. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Sarah, Plain & Tall Collection
John Taylor Gatto, has authored numerous books on education and has nearly 30 years experience in the classroom. If you have not heard of him, you should… He was named New York City Teacher of the Year in 1989, 1990, and 1991, he was also named New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991. In 1991, he wrote a letter announcing his retirement, titled “I Quit, I Think” to the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal, saying that he no longer wished to “hurt kids to make a living.” He then began a public speaking and writing career, and has received several awards including the Alexis de Tocqueville Award for Excellence in Advancement of Educational Freedom in 1997.
The Underground History of American Education: A School Teacher’s Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling and Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
John Caldwell Holt was an American author and educator, a proponent of homeschooling, and a pioneer in youth rights theory. After many years of working within the school system, Holt became disillusioned with it. He became convinced that reform of the school system was not possible because it was fundamentally flawed and began to advocate homeschooling. However, it would be pointless to simply remove children from the school environment if parents simply recreated that environment at home. He believed that “children who were provided with a rich and stimulating learning environment would learn what they are ready to learn, when they are ready to learn it”. Holt believed that children did not need to be coerced into learning; they would do so naturally if given the freedom to follow their own interests and a rich assortment of resources. This line of thought came to be called unschooling.
Alfie Kohn is an American author and lecturer who has explored a number of topics in education, parenting, and human behavior. He is considered a leading figure in progressive education and has also offered critiques of many traditional aspects of parenting, managing, and American society more generally, drawing in each case from social science research. Kohn’s challenges to widely accepted theories and practices have made him a controversial figure, particularly with behaviorists, conservatives, and those who defend the specific practices he calls into question, such as the use of competition, incentive programs, conventional discipline, standardized testing, grades, homework, and traditional schooling.
Joseph Chilton Pearce is an American author of a number of books on child development. He presents the idea of the heart – or compassionate mind – as a category of brain function equal in stature to the thalamus, prefrontal cortex and lower brain. He believes that active, imaginative play is the most important of all childhood activities because it cultivates mastery of one’s environment, which he terms “creative competence”. Children denied that form of play develop feelings of isolation and anxiety. He also believes that child-parent bonding is crucial, and sees modern clinical childbirth and lack of breast feeding as obstructions to that bonding.
Once again, these resources are only some of what I discuss in the two hour video where we share over 20 years of experience and what we have learned, studied and researched in the realm of parenting and educating, the waldorf inspired way.
If You Want To Re-Ignite Your Child’s Natural Learning Drive & Reconnect Through Exploration
Then this video is a MUST!
Some of the things we cover include: