Posted by: Alex Borders | March 25, 2010

Slow down! Come visit!


Thursday 25th March

Visit us this weekend for the

Spring Family Open House  – Saturday March 27th at 10.00 a.m.

“As parents we tend to act like the car stuck in fifth gear; there’s never enough time in the day to get everything done.”

So reads the current article by David Aronsohn on Creative Child Magazine’s website http://www.creativechild.com/features/faster-please

The writer goes on to say –  “It is essential for kids to learn the ability to shift emotional and physiological gears. Remaining stuck at a high state of stress, or physiological arousal circumvents the necessary emotional and physical development they need in order to grow into well-balanced and competent adults that can successfully navigate the hurdles and stress of the outside world. Some brain researchers believe that a brain that is in a constant state of high-arousal, eventually has a more difficult task, physiologically calming down and it can eventually lose the ability to shift arousal states. Additionally, constantly exposing the brain to a high degree of stimulation, anxiety and arousal can train the brain to only crave and work efficiently at that speedy pace.”

The anti-dote to David Aronsohn’s “high speed chase?”  Waldorf Education.   “A Waldorf education has abundant richness to offer above and beyond a conventional education. Each child is encouraged to contribute their best effort and to express their own thoughts and feelings, but there are no grades until late middle school. Instead, teachers hold detailed parent conferences and write extensive reports on the children’s progress. In lieu of textbooks, the children create beautiful main lesson books alongside their block studies. There … are no computer or video aids in any classroom”. (source – River Valley Waldorf School) http://www.rivervalleyschool.org/aboutus_history.php

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