Saturday, May 30, 2009

Stages in Waldorf Education



Sofi is ten. She is in that age where she is exploring her individuality and her place in the world. She still sees the world as a place to create and looks at everything through this point of view. Mosi, my eldest, is 14. She is at the stage where she is asserting her view on the world and has already lived through a couple years where her logical thinking has been developing. She now sees the world through more "logical" eyes. (You can find more details about ages and stages at www.EarthSchooling.com - click on "Waldorf 101")

So, anyway, the incident that brought this to the top of my head last week was a little four leaf clover Sofi found. She was so excited about it. It was the first one she had ever found (I had never found any in my life before this). In the past she would have been excited about her fairy leaving her something magical. However, as she is exploring her own individuality her response this time was that perhaps it was SHE that had some special power to find four leaf clovers.

Sigh...my little girl is growing up!

However, the "growing up" part of little girls was even more clear when we posted a picture of the 4-leaf clover to her sister (who is living overseas until High School) and her response was, "Wow, that must have been created by a recessive gene."

Typical 14-year-old response! And it was only yesterday Mosi thought fairies were leaving flowers and that perhaps she had some special ability to talk to fairies!

(I still believe we all have that special ability...but anyway...)

So, as each stage passes and I am sad to see it go, I am also reassured by seeing the "map" laid out for me by the teachers and parents who went before me and seeing that they are following the healthy stages they should be at for each age. These guides laid out by Steiner also help me understand my children better in all the stages they are at. They helped me understand that my 2-year old was not ready to clean her own room. They helped me understand why my son is suddenly not wanting the "dream fairy" song anymore, and they helped me with so much more!

I hope you are also reassured by the ages and stages of Waldorf. I've organized them all for you at: www.EarthSchooling.com under "Waldorf 101".

Blessings & Health,
Kristie
www.EarthSchooling.com

5 comments:

Jenell said...

Kristie, I just posted about this, too! It just amazes me how this self-awareness blossoms. It's pretty cool to have two daughters at different stages to see that.

While it's kind of sad to witness the fairy magic loosening, I know that it's necessary for the development of critical thinking, and that, later on, when our kids are all grown up, they'll rediscover that connection to the nature spirits-just like we did.

Tan Family said...

This post is such a great way of showing the differences between the 10 and 14 years. My daughter just turned 10, so I can relate! I'm off to check out Waldorf 101...

Kristie Karima Burns, MH, ND said...

Dear Jenell, Yes! I so agree. It is bittersweet :) And I am sure you can relate that one of the most awesome feelings as a mom is to see your child become independent even if it does mean losing some of that fairy magic.

Thank you for commenting Jennifer! I always look forward to your visits to the BLOG :)

Love, Kristie

Jenell said...

Have a beautiful day, Kristie!

Jen said...

What a touching post, Kristie. Our babies growing up is so bittersweet. I always remind myself that they won't be needing me forever when I have to get up in the middle of the night every night because Elena comes into our room. I try to find the joy, though I admit that sometimes I am grumpy and quiet...but, I still tell them I'll be rocking them in the rocking chair at age 18 :) and someday, they'll even be rocking me!

And btw, I really enjoyed the Waldorf 101 video. It was really helpful to hear and I am planning on listening to it every year at the start of the next "grade" to remind myself not to rush them and of the appropriate stages. Thanks for all you do, lady! You're SO appreciated :)