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Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing Our Children from Birth to Seven 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0964783232
ISBN-10: 0964783231
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Product Details

  • 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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...whether you are into Waldorf education or not. I am not a Waldorf purist---meaning I do not send my children to a Waldorf school (I homeschool)or necessarily follow or believe in Rudolf Steiner's philosophy. Yet I have read several Waldorf books on caring for and educating children, because they are very wise as to what children really need. They DON'T need the media, malls, plastic toys, the latest styles in clothes, or a life of being pushed from this lesson to that club. What they DO need is plenty of peace and quiet (AT HOME!!), simplicity in all forms (in their toys, their life schedule, their food, etc.), and they need routine in their day, and they need to be loved and understood and treated like children, not mini adults. The author of this book is such a wonderfully calm woman...I wish she had been my own mother!! She really understands children and what they need. Her calm wisdom just flows from every page of this book. This is an easy book to read, a plus for any busy parent. She speaks of the importance of rhythm in the life of chidren, the importance of play , the importance of calmness, and she has a chapter on creative discipline. Our society is so crazy, it is so hard for adults to cope in this modern lifestyle; think of how much more difficult it can be for children.
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.
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Finally, a parenting book that makes sense! In a gentle, easy, and non-threatening way this book teaches the importance of creative play, the necessity of daily routine, and the merits of creative discipline. The suggestions work and are easy to incorporate into any lifestyle. As the mother of a preschool child I found this book to be reassuring and comforting. Learning to use statements with the directive "You may" as in "You may put on your shoes now" produced immediate results -- as did limiting choices, which ultimately made everyone feel more secure.
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.
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Warmth and wisdom, insight and know-how - Beyond the Rainbow Bridge - Nurturing Our Children from Birth to Seven has it all! Small wonder, then, that this book has already become a treasured resource in classrooms and homes worldwide: parents and teachers have finally found what they were looking for.
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.
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I purchased this book because I want to get my hands on anything about Waldorf (Rudolf Steiner) education. But had I never heard of Waldorf schooling, I still would have devoured this book! It is an easy read- not bogged down with philosophy or too preachy. Some books I have read about the Waldorf method left me feeling terribly guilty that my son has ever laid eyes on a television set or that he has a room full of plastic, battery operated toys. Instead, the authors give solid reasons why television watching and cold hard plastic toys with only one use can be harmful to the developing young child, and offer alternatives to TV and unimaginative toys.
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!
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