- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Celestial Arts; Revised edition (August 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0890879672
- ISBN-13: 978-0890879672
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You Are Your Child's First Teacher: What Parents Can Do With and For Their Chlldren from Birth to Age Six Paperback – August 1, 2000
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I think this book is a good way to learn more about the Waldorf and Steiner perspective, but do not expect much in the way of factual evidence. Instead she relies on anecdote, and sometimes her own perception of what she has seen.
Example: Dancy says that children should be given natural and unfinished toys like dolls without finished faces and gives a couple reasons. I agree that these toys are more attractive and interesting to children and toddlers, but it's her backup examples that were purely speculative. One reason was that she once saw a photopgraph of a child holding a finished toy with a smile, and she thought the child was blindly imitating the toy's expression. Her second reason was that she heard a story about a girl who was droopy and listless and always carried around a doll that was droopy and listless. When the girl was given a new toy that was more natural, then the girl perked right up.
Overall, this book provides an interesting perspective, but it is suffused with Steiner's spiritual insights (which sometimes sound a bit wierd). Dancy offers her reader a very loving and caring approach to child raising that make one more aware.Read more ›
It's not just a matter of intellectual growth, however, but of raising a well rounded person. The phenomenon of 'hothousing', when parents try to hurry their children's intellectual development by cramming them full of assignments at a very early age, does not lead to a well rounded child. These are the same types who practice 'baby gymnastics' and hire motivational coaches for their toddlers, and the author of 'You Are Your Child's First Teacher' is scathing towards them.
"American popular psychology and business interests have interpreted 'infant stimulation' to mean that you constantly need to be stimulating your baby with bits of coloured plastic and flash cards," writes Dancy, who believes that more enriching stimulation comes through holding, rocking, talking etc. "Even though babies can be taught to read with enough condition-response training, they are not reading for meaning and are using a lower part of the brain."
Perhaps this book, in attempting to redress the balance, goes slightly too far in the other direction. The book is heavily influenced by the ideas of Rudolf Steiner, who believed that science and maths shouldn't be taught in the first seven years. But this all depends on the child.Read more ›
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This book is written by a waldorf teacher but you don't feel when you read the book that it is all about waldorf and nothing else. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by Nechama P
I purchased this after reading a number of reviews of the book. Whilst I am not a follower of Steiner, the book has some lovely ideas on things you can do with your child, whether... Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Jme
My child is less than 1 year old, and based on the title, I was hoping for more ideas on things to do with an infant. There's not much there. Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by SheraLynn
I have a used older copy of this book so I am not sure if the information has been updated or not. However, in my copy the author states that "once a child is able to eat table... Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by N Sordelet
I would not go so far as to say that this book is groundbreaking, particularly if one is already familiar with the writings of Rudolf Steiner or the theory behind Waldorf... Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by Lillian Doherty
I recived more of what I was hopping with this used book, wich resulted as new!... love it. I totally recommed it.Published on April 20, 2012 by Norma
A good read, the type of book where you jump from one page to another for a refresher on insightful information. Read morePublished on September 25, 2011 by cas
While I appreciate Ms. Dancy's compassion for children and drive to teach others about how best to interact with their little ones, she is not the write person to be delivering... Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by Kate Miller