You Are Your Child’s First Teacher – 3rd Edition

Encouraging Your Child’s Natural Development from Birth to Age Six

Rahima Baldwin



You Are Your Child’s First Teacher was one of the first books in America to popularize the insights of Rudolf Steiner, founder of the Waldorf schools, regarding the developmental needs of young children. This revised and updated edition offers new ways for parents and educators to enrich the lives of children from birth to age six.

From Nancy:
This book beautifully covers just about everything I remember experiencing as the mother of three young children. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have this book to help balance my perspective and offer one creative suggestion after another. If you feel somewhat alone and maybe a bit confused about how to sensitively raise your children, I really think Rahima’s insights will help you find your own positive direction. It would be wonderful if we all arrived at parenthood knowing everything we need to know, but many of us do not – that’s why this book is such a gem.

Rahmina warns abainst rushing children through childhood. She advocates a ‘slow parenting’ revolution which will allow children to develop at their own pace, and crucially, will help parents discover confidence in their own ability to parent and enjoy the magical first years of raising a child.

“Our children need us for the heart connection, but they don’t need constant adult input and intellectual stimulation,” she says. “Allowing children to be children today means recognising their need for creative play, which is the wor of childhood.”

Rahima’s practical, down-to-earth advice will help parents to:

  • understand their child’s unique personal, mental, soul and physical needs at each stage of development
  • nourish their child’s imagination with simple, homemade toys and materials from the garden and kitchen cupboard
  • enjoy storytelling, arts, crafts and musical activities with their child
  • create their own family rituals to ease the daily routine
  • use imitation, repetition and setting limits to promote positive discipline
  • value their own ability to understand and care for their child

From the Publisher:
Some of the most important learning years happen before your child reaches school. In You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, respected Waldorf educator Rahima Baldwin Dancy explains the different stages of learning that children go through from birth to age six, giving you the wisdom and understanding to enrich your child’s natural development in the right way at the right time. Today’s society often pressures us into overstimulating young children with flashcards, workbooks, videos, and electronic gadgets in a well-meaning attempt to give them a head start. But children are not little adults—they learn and grow in radically different ways at different ages, and what we do to help could actually hurt instead.

A trusted classic for over twenty years, this newly revised edition contains updated resources and additional information on discipline, early childhood programs, toilet training, using home life as curriculum, and more. From language and cognitive develop-ment to appropriate toys and nourishing your child’s artistic abilities, Dancy speaks up for a rational approach to child-rearing, one that helps children be children while we fulfill our important role as parents and first teachers.

This edition replaces You Are Your Child’s First Teacher – 2nd Edition.

336 pages, 6 1/8″ x 9 1/4″, 2012.

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