By which I mean 'composing' not learning to write.
Those of you who have been following my posts on teaching a class of 6th graders know that I have been having all sorts of interesting thoughts about the therapeutic basis of Waldorf--seing thngs I have seen as a teacher for years, seeing new things, reseeeing--seeing anew--very exciting for me.
Today we worked a bit of composition--I set them up to write about a character in a book they are reading. I gave them some exercises to develop descriptive writing--appropriate for 12 years of age. To my surprise they found this very difficult. They could name a thing but could hardly describe it. And this was not because of boredom, lack of interest etc etc--they really enjoy writing and love it when we focus on their writing as writing. So I was puzzled. And then I realized: despite the hard-core Waldorf family backgrounds, these children were spending far too much time reading junk children's literature. There are all these silly series focused on horses and summer adventures at camp and so-and-so's parents getting a divorce....BLECH. They simply have not been read to enough and not read enough GOOD high quality well written literature. Many 'old' books really are lacking in the political correctness department but one can certainly talk to children of this age about 'how people used to think and how we think now'.
Anyway---I am comparing them to my own sons and to the scores of children this age I have worked with in the past.
And this is not about screen or media use--these children have just about no screen time and what they do have is the occasional movie shared with their families.
Quite something to witness.
Sigh….I’m not going to say we cracked the livestream thing just yet….but I got a new iPad (whole new world for me) and let’s hope I can now easily livestream!!!!!!! I am going to talk a bit about the conference and see if this works….feel free to ask questions or give feedback if you are here now or if (assuming this works) you want to chime in at a later time.
The talks in this series (‘Parenting in Dark Times’) are all related. This one is mainly focused on us, on parents.
If we understand that freedom is a quality which is latent in every human being but can only come to meaningful fruition in adults, then we can support children as they develop, being patient in the trust that freedom takes many years to ripen.
If anyone wants to listen to this and start a conversation, let's do it!!🙂
I was scheduled to give 2 livestreams today, one on 'Balancing on the Abyss' and the other, 'Help from the Spiritual Worlds'. I am unwell, not up to engaging with such full-on content...so apologies to anyone hoping to be present for those livestreams. I will, of course, record those 2 talks at some point very soon and everyone can listen then!
And if anyone has any comments or questions for me to ponder in advance of those talks, I would be very interested in what you might say! I can try to weave in a response as appropriate.
OK....this is the third time I have written a greeting to our newest members and supporters---I keep pinning it to the top and it lingers for a few days and then disappears despite the fact that the pinning I chose was/is permanent!! Grrrrr....
So--hello new folks. I encourage those of you who are supporters to introduce yourselves and say hello! (and hello to new members who are not supporters---you are able to read but not post. Just want you to all know your presence is valued too!)
Do know that locals is very much a work in progress---even in the past couple of months it has gotten a little less glitchy and has improved---but it has a long way to go. Please be patient--and don't feel dumb or weird if you get lost or can't find where things are--it is not a completely intuitive (so to speak) platform...
We're on!!!! Weekend of 10 December at the Threefold Community in Spring Valley NY. This conference is only for people comfortable without masks and such as I need to really connect intimately with people and see their full facial features. Also, this will not be like other Christopherus conferences---there will be a lot more emphasis on coping with the challenges of our times and really getting to grips with how to maintain the health and joy of our families. So it will be pretty full on. It will not be everyone's cup of tea.
Next week we will have a page on the Christopherus website where folks can read through the details--I will be asking folks to read through a few things so that we are all more or less on the same page---it would be good for those not completely in the know about my angle on things to listen to the 6 talks (4 as of writing) that I have recorded.
So.....next week registration opens. All details then! I will announce here (and probably send out a special email to ...
Welcome to the new Christopherus locals group ! This is an experiment which I hope goes well--looking forward to chat and conversation, support and sharing. This place is for all of you to share as Christopherus homeschoolers and to also work with me. Videos and perhaps live chat to follow once I get the hang of this!
Click on this text anywhere and that will open a comment box so you can introduce yourself!