I am joining up with the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. If you are interested, you can go to the
52 Books in 52 Weeks blog and link up. You can join up at anytime. I love to read, I usually have more than one book going at a time...but, there are times I read in spurts. The challenge for me will be to finish a book every week and to then take the time to blog about it.
Here is my first book of the year:
Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing our children from birth to seven
by Barbara Patterson and Pamela Bradley.
This book was recommended on several Waldorf homeschool blogs, I had looked at it a year or two ago, and did not order it because my kids are on the older end of things, my baby is 9. sob, sigh.
I tend to like a lot of bang for my book buck....
I ordered it this time, and found it pretty informative. It explains a lot about Waldorf schooling, something of which I knew a little, but this book connected some dots for me. I was interested mostly in learning how to create gentle, rhythmic order for my kids day- this book was helpful with that.
The chapter titled "Creative Discipline" was the most informative for me, the sub-chapters included;
*Clear Messages and Limited Choices, *Rhythm, *Imitation and Self-Discipline, *guidance. I was pleasantly surprised to agree with and have used some of the disciplining philosophy in our own parenting. We've always been kind of old-fashioned/no-nonsense as far as parenting- I have read and explored many of the more popular child-rearing books out there...and frankly, I don't gel so well with the ideas of reasoning with your toddler, etc....I was pleasantly surprised to read this Waldorf teacher's views on limited choices, something we practiced with our very young children.
All in all, I did enjoy this book and found much to ponder on. I think anyone desiring a more gentle/creative atmosphere in their home would benefit from this book, as also would parents wanting to know more about Waldorf education and how it all works.