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Seven Times the Sun: Guiding Your Child Through the Rhythms of the Day Paperback – November, 1999
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The book is very well organized by general theme. This book is about rhythm in daily life, so the topics are: waking up, mealtime, playtime, work, quiet time, healing from injury, bedtime, and weekend family time. Special chapters for parents only are "personal renewal" and parents as peacemakers. A long appendix offers resources for music, verses, and stories. Every section is organized by the following topics: general discussion about the author's reflections, simple rituals, insights, songs, a listing of pertinent stories in various books, and an actual story to tell (text of story written out). The songs include sheet music and all the notations so that an instrument may be played along as it is sung. Music is in the pentatonic scale as recommended by Rudolph Steiner. Many of the songs and verses were written by the author.
What impressed me most about this book was that it is so well organized and contains so many topics. This is a wonderful jumping off point for beginning to celebrate rhythm and rituals into normal daily life with our children. There is enough material here for the parent to design their own circle time. Another bonus is the personal insight and opinion that Ms.Read more ›
The verses, songs, and short stores are mostly written or rewritten by the author, with a few traditional folk songs/verses mixed in. They're very simplistic and, yes, extremely hokey. This isn't necessarily a negative thing, as our family enjoys a good measure of silliness in our lives. Do not go in expecting much depth from these resources, though. They're the sort of songs one makes up on the fly while going about one's day. In this way, they were useful for inspiration to make up our own songs and verses.
There is a lot of God-centered religion throughout the book. We're a religious family, but not members of the same denomination as the author. We don't do rote prayers or use the same worship language she does or participate in "prayer corners" and such, so this was largely useless for our family. It will likely be useful for members of the author's faith, members of faiths similar to hers, or those who are spiritual without subscribing to a particular religion.
The author's writing style is not to my taste, very forced folksy (comin' and goin').Read more ›
Establishing rituals with my child was difficult and I lacked the creativity to aid in making our difficult "transitional" times more peaceful. Seven Times The Sun helped me not only with their recommendations but it fostered my own creativity on how to modify particular "ideas" that fit our lifestyle.
I don't think this book is for everyone, but if you have an open mind and are not afraid to try new and different strategies to enrich your children...buy this book. This book opened me up to creating rituals and making the most out of everyday situations....and cherishing each and every moment with my child. It opened up an even greater spirituality than what we had prior!
It has excellent ideas to incorporate into family routines, to build family rituals and establish your home as a safe haven for all family members. It includes songs, poetry, stories and parental suggestions for use thoughout the day, from waking your child gently in the morning to putting him gently to bed at night.
I would like to think that parents are nurturing their children in the manner suggested by Ms.Darian--it would certainly be a healthier environment than the isolated rush to maturity that seems to be the norm for many children.
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Just a reference book- not really something you can read all the way through.Published 13 months ago by Courtney O'Gorman
This book is good for ideas for setting a rhythm in your homePublished 14 months ago by Audrey H Pullman
This book is a decent collection of songs and ideas. There are others that do the job better, for sure. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Brandy N.
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