What is Waldorf Education?
The first Waldorf school opened in Europe in 1919 as a model for educating children capable of bringing peace into the world and ennobling life for themselves and humanity. The teaching methods are based on distinct stages in child development with an emphasis on educating the whole child – schooling the head, hands, and heart. There are over 2500 schools and kindergartens worldwide, making Waldorf education on the of the fastest growing school movements in the world. For more information, please come to our FREE public talks and visit www.waldorf.ca
Movement in Early Childhood: both indoors and out
Marieka Chaplin lives in Fredericton with her husband and two children. She obtained her university degree and Waldorf teacher certification in Ontario. Following her training she taught grades 4-6 at the South Shore Waldorf School in Nova Scotia. Along with other parents in the area, Marieka is interested in building the Waldorf community.
During her talk Marieka Chaplin explored how children under the age of 7 are basically beings of play, fantasy and movement. Her talk suggested games and movement activities that awaken and develop physical coordination.
Rhythm, the root of discipline: insight on healthy daily rhythms
Judy King lives in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. She has loved working with children as an educator for over 40 years. Currently she is the lead kindergarten teacher at the South Shore Waldorf School, NS. Judy King has led numerous conferences and workshops, sharing her vast experience with participants. Mrs. King is the faculty co-chair for the school board of directors.
During her talk Judy King looked at basic principles, and ways to establish rhythm in daily life, founded on healthy breathing rhythms – for home and school.
Session 1: Jiffy, Spiffy Lunchboxes! Healthy Lunches for the Whole Family
30 parents and caregivers joined home economist Marg Routledge and dietician Shauna Miller for a free 2 hour hands-on session. Participants made granola bars and snack squares that can be made on the weekend and easily portioned out for lunches. They also made a nutritious winter squash soup. A handout created by the planning committee contains many delicious recipes and tips for how to make lunches more fun for you to make and your kids to eat. To download a copy of it, click here.
A huge thanks to Paediatric Lifestyle Management Program, the Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, the Fredericton Direct Charge Co-Op and Communities Raising Children for making this evening possible. Another big thank you to our committee of 10 volunteer parents who created and ran the 2009 fredkid family learning series.
Session 2: Internet Safety
Enhanced Internet Literacy – “Creating a safe and productive online environment for your children.
Presenter Tim Workman helped parents and caregivers understand a range of contemporary issues associated with children of all ages being active on the Internet, as well as highlighting a number of common-use online applications that may be of interest to both parents and children alike.
The session was sponsored by ACCREON
Session 3: ABCs of the Birds and the Bees
Kids are full of questions and eventually they will ask about sex. Lucia O’Sullivan presented to explore ways to talk about sex with your kids.
This session was co-sponsored by the UNB Paediatric Lifestyle Management Program
Session 1: Parent Power: The Quiet Revolution
Over 250 parents and educators came to hear Dr. Maggie Mamen speak about “ParentPower: The Quiet Revolution.” She challenged parents to be confident when trying to defend their rights and remember their responsibilities to their children. Parents left feeling empowered to reclaim their families and be the best parents that they can be. Thank you to Maggie for sharing her insight and expertise with our community.
fredkid and Healthy Families, Healthy Communities Association would like to extend a huge thank you to:
New Brunswick Medical Society (Key Sponsor for this session)
Communities Raising Children Grant (Key Sponsor for the Series)
We are also grateful to LEAP! UNB who co-sponsored the event with fredkid.
About Dr. Mamen:
Dr. Maggie Mamen is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Nepean, Ontario, who specializes in working with children, adolescents and their families. In addition to teaching university courses on child development and exceptional children, Maggie has worked at Carleton University, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the former Carleton Board of Education, and was the first elected president of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Maggie is the author of three books and numerous articles for lifestyle magazines and industry publications, and has appeared on radio and television programs across the country.
Session 2: Ready, Set, Eat! Pizza and Cookies!!!
Hands-on session on Nutrition for Families.
50 parents registered for a hands-on community kitchen session. Bad weather on this night prevented 20 from coming but all who attended learned interesting facts about nutrition from nutritionists Allison Brown and Shauna Miller.
A huge thanks to our partner organization LEAP! UNB and to our platinum Sponsor The Fredericton Direct Charge Co-op.
Session 3: More Games Please
The City of Fredericton, fredkid and Recreation NB invited Dr. John Byl, educator from Ontario for three nights to show parents just how much fun can you have with a pool noodle and a rubber chicken?! Attendees learned fun, inexpensive, active games to beat those February Blues.
These sessions were geared to parents with kids aged 5 and above. This session was also a great resource for educators and daycare workers. Sessions were held in Oromocto at the Base Gym, and in Fredericton at Leo Hayes High School.
Session 4: Becoming a Green Guru: Eco-tips for Parents and Kids
This fourth session of the fredkid Family Learning Series was presented by Sonya Hull (Green Matters, City of Fredericton) and Peter Corbyn, and featured a FREE Eco-Package valued at over $50.00 for parents who registered.
Eco-kits include items such as:
- a stainless steel bottle or sippy cup
- energy efficient light bulb
- sink aerorater
- tree to plant as a family
- cloth bag
- safe cleaning products
- and LOTS more!
This lecture was funded by the NB Environmental Trust Fund and the City of Fredericton.