....I am back from a week at Sunbridge, continuing on with my studies in Waldorf ECE; handwork, Anthroposphy, working with the cycle of the year, Eurythmy, and sculpture! It was a very rich week and there is much to say.
The most exciting and thought provoking class of the day is our Anthroposophical studies block. As Anthroposohpy is the driving force behind Waldorf Education, it is important to be on the path of undertaking reading Steiner's work and lectures...discussion groups seems to be the best way to go about this. We've been reading Theosophy as a group for 12 weeks shy of a year now and the text and discussions have taught me much about becoming a close observer of human nature. One of the pearls of wisdom I took from class this week was the importance of the Christ Impulse. This is not at all to imply that Waldorf has anything to do with Christianity or any religion- it doesn't. The Christ Impulse can be seen as a force that is bigger than us, something that is all around us. And the impulse is Love and Light. That's it! Love and Light in all that we do, in all that we say. Can we embody this? Can we weave this into all that we are? I believe we can. This impulse is so important for early childhood caregivers.
We also spoke more of the 4 temperaments, but an in depth exploration is not necessary for early childhood caregivers. truly, a child's temperament does not emerge until the change of teeth (about age 7). As EC caregivers, our role is to be with the children as their temperament is slowly revealed. Many have found that Sanguinity is the nature of the young child...makes sense, yes? I wonder how many of you "know" your most strong temperament? I find that I identify most with Sanguine and maybe a touch of Melancholic:)
Our afternoons consisted of handwork and sculpture which rounded out the day nicely. I took many long walks to the community farm (lots of hills!) with my classmates after the day was through and found this to be a wonderful end to such a fruitful day.
Somehow, Easter has come and gone and the height of spring is upon us. Many photos to share another time soon....Eastertide is 40 days, so there is much celebrating still to be done!