- Perfect Paperback: 207 pages
- Publisher: Michaelmas Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0964783231
- ISBN-13: 978-0964783232
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing Our Children from Birth to Seven 1st Edition
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A few things she talked about really stood out to me. One was how her one son could come down with a fever after a shopping trip to the mall, because it was too much for him to handle. We need to consider that children need to have QUIET lives! Another thing was that they had an 11 yr. old foster child live with them, and this child said that noone had ever read her a bedtime story.Read more ›
This is a phenomenal book -- it belongs on every parents nightstand, on bookshelves in our schools, and as required reading for elementary educators. I recommend this book to expectant parents, parents with young children, and anyone who values and understands the importance of a nurturing environment for children.
Anyone dedicated to raising healthy children to responsible adulthood will discover a wealth of information that both inspires and affirms. For instance, Barbara Patterson's characterizations of the different stages of early childhood development are nothing less than remarkable. Not only do they offer vivid, "close-in" looks at the world from the viewpoint of children at different ages, but more importantly, Patterson's grandmotherly warmth and decades of teaching experience bring the world of the young child to life with an enthusiasm that makes understanding immediate and clear. With her lively developmental account as a foundation, her suggestions for creative discipline flow straight off the page and right into the reader's heart, with a resonance of, "Yes, of course. That's so true, so obvious!"
Patterson also focuses on the life-giving, uprightness-inspiring qualities of two aspects of children's lives that are seldom addressed as a tandem pair: creative play and daily routine. She so beautifully demonstrates that, while creative play would be invaluable simply for the joy it offers children, in fact it offers them much, much more. Through example after example, Patterson shows that play is the young child's most important avenue of exploration of the adult world.Read more ›
By breaking down the age groups into 0-2, 2-5, and 5-7, Barbara Patterson, a Waldorf educator, is able to suggest developmentally appropriate activties and toys, and describe in detail how the young child develops physically, emotionally, and spiritually at each age.
I especially enjoyed the chapter on "Creative Discipline" (Who couldn't use a few new ideas with preschoolers!) where she explains how reforming the space around the child, (i.e. changing specific things about the child's surroundings)serves as both prevention and correction for misbehavior.
I was impressed with Barbara's apparent love and respect for children, something that sadly seems to be missing in many parenting books. Her focus is on understanding how and when children develop and the importance of raising happy and capable children, not just ones that do as they are told.
A bonus I didn't expect when I ordered this book is the appendix with illustrated directions for creating toys that foster imagination and creative play, like the knot doll, puppets, and even directions for finger knitting (something I forgot 16 years ago!Read more ›
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I loved this book! My son is only four months old and I read this on maternity leave. We are interested in sending him to a Waldorf School when he is a little older and I was told... Read morePublished 17 days ago by RTF315
This is a great book if you need a quick read to learn more about Waldorf education, but it is still relevant to non Waldorf parents and caregivers!Published 1 month ago by Z&A
If you're new to Waldorf education this is a must (and easy!) read.Published 4 months ago by Shailee
This was a great read. Easy and understandable, full of great information. I highly recommend this book to parents.Published 6 months ago by Malissa R.
I was hoping there would be more detail to this book, but what there is is wonderful. I appreciate the spirit in which it is written, and think it will be helpful to many parents.Published 12 months ago by Mt. Tam Hiker
Educational and supportive to me as a parent using a combination of Walforf and Montessori pedagogy.Published 12 months ago by Honey of Honey's Life