Author: Kim Allsup

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…

The Power of Observation

Take a full day to simply observe your child or your student. Above all do not judge as you observe. Notice the way she rises from a chair. Listen closely to her laughter. Does he step lightly or do his feet pound heavily? Listen to her speech. Is she loud or soft spoken? What causes him to appear content, afraid…