WALDORF EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA 2019 Pacific Northwest Conference — Feb 15–17, 2019 — Whidbey Island, WA
Cultivating a Healthy Singing Voice
We will learn and practice singing warmups and exercises designed to free the singing voice from stress, staying within the range and tonality used in the Waldorf Early Childhood classroom, and apply them in singing a few songs for spring and summer. We will also discuss and experience self-care techniques for maintaining vocal health through the seasons.
Festivals for Our Time: Cultivating Depth, Diversity and Wholeness
There is a ‘living stream’ of wisdom gleaned from celebrating festivals in the cycle of the year together. This stream emerges from the earth itself and from the natural world, and from the body and soul experiences we share in common as human beings living in a particular place through the seasons. If we want our festivals to be alive and relevant to the times we live in, then we must learn to listen and connect once again to each other and to nature, and to the deeper archetypal patterns that inform all spiritual traditions and live in the hearts of everyone, of every race and culture. Learning to embrace diversity and wholeness, and create meaningful inclusive festivals from such understanding is not an easy task. This workshop will explore ways we can begin that inquiry together.
Finding Courage to Recognize Racism: How to equitably acknowledge race and celebrate differences in the Waldorf classroom
This is a 2 part workshop. Participants may attend both or either Workshop A and Workshop B.
Lets come together and learn how to lovingly liberate ourselves! In the first session we will use Theater of the Oppressed games to delve into an exploration of our own and our culture's paradigms around race and racism. The second session will include practical applications and small group discussions concerning the use of the Waldorf curriculum through an anti-bias lense. Let's critically examine our practices as teachers and support each other in creating classrooms that adequately support and represent all children.
Theater of the Oppressed is a playful way to explore the ways that we are all "actors" - choosing to take action (or not) in our daily lives in response to our experiences and surroundings. Through games and other somatic techniques, participants discover layers of assumptions and biases that inform personal actions and in-actions, with an overarching goal of "rehearsing" techniques that will effectively contribute to social change. Theater of the Oppressed is designed to allow for powerful and private transformation while in a supportive community setting.
This workshop will explore elements and rhythms of a paten/child class. Subjects covered will be: how to prepare the space, children’s ages, suggestions on parent education, what crafts to offer to parents, etc.
We will journey through the rhythm of a sample morning and participants will walk away with a pocketful of appropriate songs, rhymes and stories.
Workshop content will help participants prepare when starting a new parent/child group and broaden seasoned teacher’s ideas and thoughts on the importance of their work.
There will be plenty of opportunities for students to dialog and ask questions.
"Anything that calls forth an inner feeling of liveliness and mobility is always most suitable for the young child. For example, a children's book with cut-out and tastefully colored figures which can be moved by pulling strings attached below, so that they will do all kinds of things, such as embracing of thrashing each other, always stimulates the child to invent whole stories and in this way is an extraordinarily wholesome means of play activity." - Rudolf Steiner, Soul Economy, Lecture VII
Working with color, paper, form and glue, participants will create a page(s) with moveable pictures. If you have a favorite verse to illustrate, please bring that along.
Widening Capacity for Race and Equity in Early Childhood
We will look at how racism and bias shows up in the EC classroom. In this twofold process, first, we will do an exercise to widen capacity to identify how these, most often unconscious, biases show up in EC; Second, we will explore how to receive feedback from parents and others around race or feelings of marginalization through a process Rose has developed.