Friday, December 14, 2012

The Objects Our Children Become {A Review}

There was a child went forth every day,
And the first object he look'd upon,
that object he became,
And that object became part of him
for the day or a certain part of the day,
Or for many years or stretching cycles of years
~ Walt Whitman as shared in Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing our children from birth to seven 

Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing our children from birth to seven from Michaelmas Press is written for parents from a former Waldorf parent and a Waldorf teacher. There are helpful tips and suggestions for dealing with behavior issues and choosing toys. An explanation of the cornerstones of growth and the many senses are provided. There is also a large list of additional resources that includes directions for doll making and puppets.

I agree very much that it so important to give children a healthy childhood and just because something is normal today does not mean that it is the same as what is healthy for children. We are constantly bombarded with messages on how to raise our children from society. How often are we letting society govern how we raise our children? Society is certainly not the proper measuring stick.

On play, the authors state that television is the greatest hindrance to play today because children don't have to bring anything out of themselves to have the experience. I can see this in so many ways in how children now spend their time, but not just with television. It seems there is no end to the amount of things that have been created to divert our attention from reality, the joy in responsiblity, the sense of hard work, and the living breathing people that fill our homes and our lives.

Wishing you homeschool blessings,

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from Michaelmas Press in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.


MaryAnne said...

I think I would enjoy this book. I find that I have to consciously carve out time and space for my children to be children - without unnecessary distractions.

Bethany said...

I have several pages of notes and it is very easy to read. I'm also going to try my hand at the homemade doll and puppet. When I get them done...I'll share them!

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