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LifeWays North America Newsletter

LifeWays North America is devoted to developing health childcare, parent-infant and parent-child programs, and training programs for caregivers, parents and parent educators. These activities are inspired by the works of Rudolf Steiner and the experience of Waldorf education and are supported by contemporary early childhood research as well as the common sense and wisdom of many generations of parents.

 

The Online Waldorf Library has LifeWays Newsletters from 2008 to the present.

 

LifeWays North America Newsletter

LifeWays North America provides Early Childhood Certification programs for caregivers, parents and parent educators and practical, hands-on programs for parents and grandparents to support and strengthen the growing child and family.  LifeWays offers an innovative relationship-based vision for childcare, both by parents in the home and by childcare providers in childcare centers, for children from birth to 6 years.

One of the hallmarks of LifeWays® Child Care is the family-style approach. By caring for children in small groups of varying ages, the child's daily experience is much more natural and home-like than the institutionalized and program-oriented care that is prevalent today. This approach to child care is ideal for the healthy development of the child, as is confirmed by current research on the importance of bonding in brain development.

LifeWays practices are inspired by the works of Rudolf Steiner and the experience of Waldorf education and are supported by contemporary early childhood research as well as common sense and the wisdom of many generations of parents.

Summer, 2017 Newsletter Allowing Space; Relating to Nature, Rather than Examining Nature; Fostering my Relationship with Nature; Earth, Water, Air and Fir; After Supper; Living in Nature’s Encircling Love;  Balancing Child Safety and Risk in the Parenting Dance (on the element Fire); The Importance of Natural Play Spaces for Children and Connecting with Nature; The Wonder Garden, Keepers of the Magic; Wind or Weather: An Elemental Experience

Winter 2016 Newsletter  Inner Transformation; Angels, Earthworms and Everything In Between; Cheaper Than Therapy; They Will Know us by our Fruits;
How LifeWays Transformed my In-Home Program; Raking Leaves.

Autumn 2016 Newsletter: Building Community in Troubled Times; Being a Child of Color in a Childcare Setting;Magnolia Blossom Preschool at Harvest Homes Assisted Living;  A Recipe for Stress Free and rewarding Parent Nights; Building Community Through Parent Gatherings; Growing Community Through Work Days; Community Building Tips.

Summer 2016 Newsletter: Safety and Risk; Balancing Child Safety and Risk in the Parenting Dance; Instead of Saying, NO Try Saying OH!; Safety and Relationship Based Care; Surplus Safety, An Issue for Elders as Well and Children.

Spring 2016 Newsletter: Back to the Roots : Gardening with Children; Bees, Worms and Slugs - Enjoying the Seasons and the Garden with Children; Our Little Earthworms Love the Spring; The Wonder Garden, Keepers of Magic;A Spring Morning in the Garden; A Garden Project Retrospective;

Winter 2015 Newsletter Nurturing & Nourishing your Inner Light; When it gets Dark, Hold on to your Spark!; A Better Way to Start a Sunless Morning; The Care of the Caregiver - A Mother's Journey; A Spark to Reignite the Soul - "Awake All Night".

Autumn 2014 Newsletter In this issue: Doing our Good Work: Including Children in our Everyday Tasks; Life Work with a One-Year-Old;Real Work for a Healthy Will;  Pitching In: Toddler Helping with Household Tasks; Practical Activities with the Young Child.

Summer 2014 Newsletter In this issue:Childhood Interrupted:The trap of entertaining & over-stimulating; A Sense of Place; Nature and the Child's Senses; "Mommy, I'm bored!; Less is More.

Spring 2014 Newsletter In this issue: Finding the Joy in Caring for Young Children; Joy and Self-Care; Eight Optimal Soul Attitudes for Joy in Parenting; One Spring Morning at Spindlewood, Main;  Walking Brings Joy.

Winter 2013 Newsletter In this issue, New from Cynthia; Update on Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten; Welcoming Sophia Collins; Maintaining Harmony in our Relationships; Planning with Intention; Parent Development; On Holiday Rituals and Embracing the New Year; Spirit, Magic, Tradition and Ritual; The Breakup; Passing the Torch.

Summer 2013 Newsletter
In this issue, a special report on the LifeWays North America National Conference, continuing the focus on Creating a Joyful Life with Children, with articles including Joy in My Heart; Transforming No into Yes; Connecting with Young Children; The Joy of Seasonal Stories; Children's Massage to Calm and Connect; previews of Upcoming LifeWays Trainings and Workshops and much more.

Spring 2013 Newsletter In this issue LifeWays focuses on Creating a Joyful Life with Children, with articles including Spring Song: A Story for Children; Some Thoughts on High Expectations; the upcoming National Conference; previews of Upcoming LifeWays Trainings and Workshops and much more.

Winter 2012-13 Newsletter In this issue LifeWays offers support for celebrating the winter holidays with articles on A Winter Festival Celebrating Community, Setting the Tone for Festivals, Creating an Advent Nature Scene, Home for the Holidays: One Family's Traditions, previews of Upcoming LifeWays Trainings and Workshops and much more.

Autumn 2012 Newsletter In this issue LifeWays celebrates Autumn Beginnings with articles on The Art of Apples in the Fall, Beginning the Year with a Family Work Party, an Autumn Story Poem and Finger Play, Starting Daycare and Saying Goodbye, previews of Upcoming LifeWays Trainings and Workshops and much more.

Summer 2012 Newsletter In this issue LifeWays celebrates Children and Nature: Gardening with Small Children; Outdoor Play; Pumpkins all Year Round; Children in Nature; Gardening as an Integral Part of a LifeWays Childcare Setting; plus news about current and upcoming LifeWays trainings, upcoming workshops, job opportunities and more.

Spring 2012 Newsletter: In this issue LifeWays says "YES" to Life!  Yes to Motherhood, to our Older Selves, to Creating a Yes Environment, to our "Nudges" (intuition), to Letting Children say Yes, and more. Reports from the trainings; a letter from Cynthia; descriptions of upcoming workshops; LifeWays videos and CEU's.

Winter 2011 Newsletter In this issue: How LifeWays Meets the Needs of Young Children and Prepares Them for Future Academics. Math and Science in Steiner E.C. Settings; Satisfying Parents about "Progress;" Foundations of Literacy; LifeWays Graduates' Work; Winter Celebrations; All Work and No Play; Singing and Language; Teaching Our Children to Write; Let Preschoolers Play!

Autumn 2011 Newsletter In This Issue LifeWays Celebrates Men & Boys: Celebrating Boy Energy; Dads Give Kids an Edge; The Meaningful Work of Fathering; Growing Healthy Boys; Exploration Activated by Fathers; To GIve and to Get; Gender Roles in Play; Learning from Boys; Letter from Cynthia; LifeWays Trainings; New Videos, CEUs.

Summer 2011 Newsletter In This Issue; Letter from Cynthia; Grocery Shopping; Moon time Self-Care; LifeWays Trainings; Featured LifeWays Program; The Pause that Refreshes

Spring 2011 Newsletter In This Issue: Spring is In the Air!; Upcoming LifeWays Events; Sources for Rain Pants; Letter from Cynthia; Mud and Sensory Experiences; Featured LifeWays Program; Hot Cross'd Buns; Reports from LifeWays Trainings; Spring Story/Puppet Show

Fall/Winter 2010 Newsletter In This Issue: Simplicity; Lantern Walk; Butter for Your Bread; Simple Grains; The Joys of Simple Toys; News from the Training Sites

Spring/Summer 2010 Newsletter
In this Issue: News from the Trainings; Home Away From Home; Confessions of a Waldorf Mom; Cleaning and Clearing at Spindlewood; We’re Not Afraid of You!

Fall/Winter 2009 Newsletter In this Issue: News from the Trainings; Rhythm as a Form of Creative Discipline; Sleep Rhythm; Afternoon Rhythm; Why Rhythm?; Creating an Enriched Environment for your Child

Spring/Summer 2009 Newsletter In this Issue: News from the Trainings; Thoughts on Early Learning; Little Teachers; My LifeWays Journey; Winter in the Woods; Warmth: A Hidden Element in a Child’s Healthy Development

Summer 2008 Newsletter In this Issue: Reflections from the Trainings; Forest Kindergarten; Tribute to Mary Schunemann; Nurturing the 12 Senses through Gardening