Learn How to Help Children Thrive: free lectures this week only

The Festival of the Child is a week long international online summit offering free interviews daily with doctors, teachers and parenting experts. You sign up through this link:https://www.festivalofthechild.com/?fbclid=IwAR2UlV9MGwOxJtyCcvSMpdAN4x0e-6enlCF0I0H04ScakGFJJ6_1SJe1BYE And then watch for a confirmation email, then an email that gives you your free pass to the content. You can watch the interviews posted that day and those released within the…

Why is this post going viral?

As we enter the school year, this. Only this. What you see above is a post on my Facebook page, Growing Children. In 12 days it has reached more than 599,000 people. My page has only about 3,500 followers, so I think this amounts to going viral. And it’s still going. It’s going viral because people know that it’s totally…

Learning About the Waldorf Approach Through Story : a book review by Kimberly Parsons

A Gift of Wonder is a beautiful collection of vignettes chronicling Waldorf teacher and mentor Kim Allsup’s journey with her first class. Each chapter focuses on a key element or trait – Curiosity, Resilience, Nurturing, Responsibility, and Balance to name a few – and the story that follows allows the reader to see how that capacity or quality can emerge…

“A “must-read” Waldorf teaching memoir” : Homeschooling Parents Review A Gift of Wonder

Since retiring from teaching in Waldorf schools, I’ve enjoyed working with a homeschooling second grader who often comes up with an idea for our lesson time than is more engaging than what I planned.  “Can we start in the garden today?” And why not? We are both more focused after time in the fresh air where she weeds her fairy…

Our Kids Need to Picture a Future Where We Avert Climate Catastrophe

Have you imagined a future in which we reversed climate change? This video shows such a future. My novel – in – progress also imagines a future in which people take action to avert climate catastrophe. Click here for article with video I started writing Rachel’s Way when my fourth graders started reading dystopian novels. Where, I wondered, could I…

Exploring Moss Gardens as a Play Space: Part One

Moss gardens bring nature inside. They offer children opportunities for imaginative play, experimentation, and hands on exploration of the world of plants. We started by collecting moss and a mossy log in the forest. Then we placed a layer of soil on a boot tray and added the pieces of moss. At this point my eight year old helper took…

Announcing a New Facebook Page: Seeking Waldorf Wisdom with Kim Allsup

This page launches on February 2,2019.  You are welcome to join now.  click here: https://www.facebook.com/waldorfwisdom/ As a participant in a number of very worthwhile Waldorf-related Facebook pages, I saw a gap that asked to be filled, hence Seeking Waldorf Wisdom. The goal is to work together in the manner of a Waldorf faculty meeting to explore topics that support our…

The world we wish for tomorrow depends on how we teach children today

My friend Robert tells me, “How we raise and educate our children is a key element in whether or not we survive! That’s why your book is so important! Because civilization is, in Victor Frankl’s term, “running on the wire.” “But,” I counter, “my teaching memoir is simply life in a Waldorf classroom, moments, conversations, little kids becoming big kids,…