You Are Your Child's First Teacher

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You Are Your Child's First Teacher changed my life. If I were to recommend only one book on parenting from a Waldorf perspective this would be it!

Written by Rahima Baldwin Dancy, a veteran Waldorf early childhood educator and midwife, You Are Your Child's First Teacher describes the different stages of child development from birth through age six, and offers parents wisdom to aid in guiding and respecting a child’s natural development.

A handbook for what could be called "slow parenting," Dancy explains how well-meaning parents can actually hinder their child's development by using fast-track learning aids such as flashcards, workbooks and videos in an effort to give him an upper hand.

Instead, Dancy describes how a rhythmic home life and simple activities done together—such as baking, making art, singing and storytelling—do far more to aid a child's cognitive, emotional and social skills.

Newly reprinted in a 3rd edition, You Are Your Child's First Teacher has been a trusted parenting classic for more than 20 years.

New information in this newly revised edition included sections on:

  • Discipline
  • Choosing an Early Childhood Program
  • Potty Training
  • Using Home Life as Your Curriculum

 . . . and much more!

Softcover. 366 pages.

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Years  ago, You Are Your Child's First Teacher was my very first introduction to Waldorf education, and is a book that literally changed the course of my family's life. It is what led me to Waldorf teacher training, changed my style of parenting and our family's lifestyle, and led me to send my children to a Waldorf school. I have been indebted to Rahima Baldwin Dancy (no relation) ever since.

Fast forward nearly years, and Rahima and I are now friends and colleagues who both serve on the board of LifeWays North America.

I consider it an honor to be able to now introduce this book to a new generation of young parents! 

You Are Your Child's First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy

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