Sunday, March 31, 2013

A couple of things

Hubby just took me to see the Stevie Nicks documentary "In Your Dreams".  Here's a clip.  I highly recommend this film for everyone. Stevie is such a beautiful being.  This documentary firstly lets you see the creative process that goes into recording an album, but also lets you see just how deep Stevie's feelings go. She writes poems from the depths of her heart and those become songs.  I'm going to purchase her album tomorrow!

Second thing is, our babysitter.  We have this babysitter that is just AH-MAZING.  She was a substitute teacher at my daughter's school for a bit and now she basically makes the babysitting rounds through our community and she is super sought after because she has an incredible way of relating to the children.  I have not seen any one person that lights up D's eyes like Miss S does.  Well, maybe D's teacher does too but it would be weird to have her teacher babysitting her.

In any case, Miss S was telling us about her childhood and how her mother homeschooled her and her two sisters.  Not only did her mother homeschool them but she created individualized curriculums based on what she saw was each child's strengths.  WHAT?!  That is amazing. I want to know this woman.  S also said that her mother has always been her biggest champion.  Her mother has always encouraged all her children to pursue their dreams, hence her sister started her own photography company at age 18 and is doing quite well.  And, Miss S is also on her way to pursuing her dreams of becoming a child speech pathologist via a roundabout path that included a short stint of pilot training.

And this got us to talking about how right now G is learning about Strengthfinders at work and how his company stresses that if you work in a department, in a role that is in line with your strengths you will succeed and move up faster in the organization versus being in a position where your direct report is always telling you where you could improve.

Well, duh.  Of course.  And here I have to say that is why I love Waldorf education. Because they don't teach in the traditional sense and they let learning unfold according to the child's development level.  For instance, right now D is really discovering letters and how to write all on her own without any prodding from anyone. She is really loving it and feels a sense of accomplishment.  Now imagine if she were put in a classroom where she is being taught the alphabet and developmentally, she's not ready. Then she feels frustrated because she's not getting it and then add to that being amongst peers that do get it.  Then she feels even less accomplished.  I don't want that for my child. Not at the tender age of 3 and 4.  I just see the benefits of a Waldorf education more and more as we embark on this journey of a school philosophy that I so wished I had when I was in school.

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