An engaging video in which a child raises questions about where his food comes from and why we are eating”the animals”.
JOIN US at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens – starting 25th February 9.30am – 11.30am
In the workshop you will learn about
- Creating Sacred Spaces – How to create healthy environments for you and your family
- Power of Art – Fun Arts and Craft Activities for Young Children using natural materials
- Mind-Body Nutrition – practical simple ideas for your and family meals
- Transform your Mind – simple strategies to support positive change in you and your family’s life
Course Includes :
- Natural toy and craft making for children
- Bread making – create your own delicious organic wholemeal bread
- Songs and games for early childhood
“Jane has a fascinating story and shares that she has been teaching her Steiner based understanding of the deeper stories and rhythms of early childhood out in more remote Indigenous communities. She is very into the deep nourishing and unfolding of this magical ‘Kingdom’ of early childhood, and uses the practical exercises of these eco parenting workshops to help share ways for parents to support and enrich this early childhood experience.
The course is for adult learning, so wont have a child focus as such, but bubs toddlers and children are welcome.”
Inica Star, January 2014
Tuesday x 4 sessions $100 + $10 materials MCG members $95 + $10 materials Mullumbimby Community Gardens, Stuart St, Mullumbimby, Northern NSW, 2482
Workshop presenter: Jane Hanckel is an early childhood advocate and author of ‘Eco Parenting Growing Greener Children’ an evidence based book on how to raise healthy, happy children. Jane’s work is informed by a Steiner approach to early childhood.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The BBC’s short clip on the Power of Art transforming education is a wonderful testament to the importance of art and music in schools.
Play video from the BBC’s website
“Over the last several years the focus of US education has been fixed firmly on the sciences. But research shows that the arts help children do better in all subjects and improve the likelihood that they will stay in school longer.
The Obama administration is putting this theory to the test by investing $2m (£1.3m) for arts education in eight of the most poorly performing schools across the country.
At Orchard Gardens Pilot School in Boston, the results have been dramatic. In just three years the students at the once-troubled school have improved their basic academic skills and many say the arts have changed their lives.
Jane O’Brien looks at the impact of art in education in the sixth and final instalment of the Power of Art series.”
Face to face empathic communication is essential for our health. Barbara Fredrickson, Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina, writes in the New York Times about the cost of instant electronic media on our well being. Technology has assisted us in communicating more rapidly – the question is how do we balance our increasing reliance on technology with time for meaningful, loving kindness interactions.
Soon to be released ‘Spontaneous Acts of Love’, Meditations and Reflections for Parents, by Jane Hanckel, part of the Eco Parenting Series, provides an invaluable resource for contemplative connected parenting.
“All around you are the keys to knowing – in nature, in the arts and crafts of the generations before us. Be open to the beauty that surrounds you. In that beauty the wonder and mystery of the Earth are revealed.”
Boy with Autism Recovers After Gluten-free Casein-free Diet
Many parents know that diet and environment can change children’s behaviour. In this video a mother and Dr Kenneth Bock discuss how a gluten and dairy free diet helped her son recover from autism.
Dr Bock recommends also that children and families avoid chemicals, pesticides and other possible contributors to autism such as phthalates in plastic.
‘Growing Greener Children’ is a great first step comprehensive resource for parents wanting to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
If you change the beginning of the story you change the whole story is the message from Dr Dimitri Christakis talking on TEDx about media and children.
Typically the age children in 1970’s started watched television regularly was 4 years, now it’s 4 months. The typical child under child of 5 years is watching 4-5 hours a day.
Dimitri’s talk clearly outlines the effects of too much television on the child’s developing brain.
… as things stand we’re all being used as guinea pigs in the great test of new product safety.”
-Mark Bittman, The Cosmetics Wars, The New York Times, Feb. 6, 2013
Mark Bittman’s article on cosmetics testing in The New York Times highlights the fact that personal care product makers don’t have to prove that the ingredients in their shampoos, toothpastes or other cosmetics are safe before you use them.
The Environmental Working Group (E.W.G.) offers a database of more than 79,000 personal care products, from soap to lip plumper ranked by level of hazard. The database is an excellent way to find out what is in you and your children’s products.
In Australia the Green Party have created a new poll to understand parents perspectives on early childhood education and care. The Green Party has said it’s time to hear what parents thought about childcare.
Share your views about childcare.
The online survey is at www.childcarepoll.com.
“For the child…it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow…. It is more important to pave the way for a child to want to know than to put him on a diet of facts that he is not ready to assimilate.”
“First and foremost, our job as heart-centered educators must be to understand the potential of each ‘seed’ we are nurturing. The great Spanish cellist Pablo Casals said it well: ‘The child must know that he (or she) is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him (or her).’ Supporting the miracle of each child’s uniqueness does not lend itself to standardization. It is not ‘convenient.’ It may seem easier to find a one-size-fits-all way of delivering and assessing learning, but if we pay attention, the natural world will help us realize the futility of trying to do so. Nothing in nature, including human beings, can be completely ‘standardized.’ (1)
We need to advocate for an education based on the understanding of our children’s uniqueness. This is a fundamental right of every child.
“The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner’ is an inspiring film by BBC documentary filmmaker, Jonathan Stedall. Rudolf Steiner’s contribution to modern day life ranges from a wholistic ecological approach to education to agriculture, medicine, science and art. A comprehensive film for anyone wanting to explore the work of one of the 20th century’s visionary thinkers. Stedall presents Steiner’s life through the eyes of people who lives and work have been inspired by Steiner.
The complete film is downloadable for 5 pounds (UK – approx $7-8 US/AUS) by following the links