Author: Kim Allsup

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,…

Real Kids Need Real Teachers

They sit in front of a screen for five hours a day, hundreds of people at desks moving through the programs, step by step. Once a week they meet with a person for fifteen minutes. Occasionally they join a group listening briefly to a speaker. But mostly they interact with a screen, reading and giving answers.They try to keep on…

The Core of Good Parenting is the Fun Stuff — A Teacher’s Advice to Parents in One Short List

According to studies and  parents themselves, parenting can make you tired, overwhelmed and anxious. And no wonder. The parent zone includes marinara drizzled onto your new beige carpet, more hours in the car than in your bed and entire mountain ranges of laundry. Plus you are responsible for the health and well being of someone who means more to you…

Set in a Waldorf School, This Book is the Perfect Gift for a Waldorf Parent, Teacher, Alum or Grandparent

“In an era where “high-stakes testing” and other so-called standards and measurements has taken over our public schools, this look into the life of a Waldorf school feels like a refreshing oasis in the desert!”   “As an Early Childhood Waldorf parent of two with one just entering the grades, I was glued to the book A Gift of Wonder…

This is how to help children find their moral compass

Writing in The Atlantic, Paul Barnwell says that students today have a “broken moral compass” because “The pressures of national academic standards have pushed character education out of the classroom.” (link below) One of the reasons I wrote A Gift of Wonder was to share a picture in which character education is integrated with academics. I discovered that this approach…