Class 2/3 are finishing off the year with a Building Main Lesson, and this week they have been learning the skills of bricklaying and then rendering their neat little wall.

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Children cross a threshold during Class 3. At some point during the ninth year the child becomes aware, either suddenly or gradually, of him or herself as a separate entity for the first time. This can be a challenging time for a child, raising fears and anxieties, unexplainable feelings of grief or inadequacy.

The Steiner-Waldorf curriculum supports children through this delicate time with Main Lessons and practical activities that ask the child to consider and study the world anew from a different perspective. They are helped to exercise their new powers of objectivity and their ability to make judgments, in addition to experiencing a greater sense of self-sufficiency.

The activities of Farming and Building are challenging – this is problem-solving at its most pragmatic – yet at the same time deeply reassuring. By the end of Class 3 the children are filled with the confidence that they are quite capable of providing for themselves the basics of food and shelter. Not bad for a 9 year old!

We are very pleased to announce that our new Sunbeams group for babies has been recognised by the Pikler UK Association.

The Pikler approach is based on a respectful relationship between an adult and infant, through choreographed tender care moments, a naturally paced motor development, free
self-directed movement and uninterrupted play. Our Baby Sunbeams group is run by Rachel Tapping, who has completed the Level 1 training in this approach and is now bringing its wisdom into our Steiner-Waldorf setting. Find out more about the group here.

You can read more about Emmi Pikler and her work at the Pikler UK Association website

To book a free visit to Baby Sunbeams or any of our other Sunbeams groups, please contact us

Thursday mornings, 9.15 – 10.30 in the parents room. All are welcome – there are toys and other children to play with if you are caring for a child, so don't let that put you off. The study group will start studying a book by Albert Soesman called The Twelve Senses (also called "Our Twelve Senses").

Read more: Study Group

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