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The first book 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.

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.

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.

A trusted classic for over 20 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 development 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.

©2012 Rahima Baldwin Dancy; Copyright 1989 by Rahima Baldwin (P)2018 Tantor

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Enjoyed the book, learnt a few things which has helped me with my 4 years old.

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Loved this book. Have read the hard copy and listened to it on Audible. It's a must read for parents of new babies through to school age. Great practical advice for raising children with connection and love.

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Great information for all parents. 😁

Love it. So much insight for all parents and teachers. I will recommend this to so many people.

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  • ATakacsC
  • 29-12-2018

a must for conscious parents

As I was listening to this book I kept thinking how much I wish I knew the information shared here when my son was born. But better later than never, this book has changed my approach to parenting in many circumstances. I highly recommend it for ALL parents.

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  • V
  • 28-11-2018

Great book

this is a great book and a must to read for every parent. no question.

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  • Grace Berrios
  • 31-01-2020

Informative and insightful

The author covered so many subjects with matter of fact answers and sighted research that supported each approach.

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  • dant
  • 08-12-2019

Better books out there

I love Waldorf. I can’t say I feel the same of this book. The specific information in here Is very dogmatic and even patronizing. The reader’s voice almost talks down to the audience. A very strange choice for a reader indeed. I recommend Simplicity Parenting if you are looking for a Waldorf based book that offers sound helpful positive practical advice. This book is really bothersome and silly!

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  • gromova
  • 14-10-2019

The best child development book!

I highly recommend this book to all parents who feel there is more to the child upbringing than what the modern world forces us to think. It will give you insight in how the simplest things (like colors) effect the childs development. Also, the narrator is very, very pleasant to listen to. I just ordered a hard copy too, this has become a bible to our family! :)

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  • Mary Cruz
  • 25-06-2019

Best book, love it !

This book encourages parents to be as organic as possible with teaching children. I plan to homeschool my children, this book has really spoken to me. A must have for homeschooling parents and really any kind of parents.

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  • Ashtan
  • 21-11-2018

Absurd, the very reason we have a snowflake generation

Advise like, “Don’t say no to your child until they are 5 because they can’t understand or learn.” “Don’t bother teaching them to read until they are 7, it’s too hard. Just sing songs and play games instead.” Do yourself a favor and just Google Adolf Steiner, the whole book is based of his idiotic ideas and you can save yourself hours of “Steiner says” but taking 15 minutes to read his Wikipedia page. Can I get my money back, maybe. But the hours of her cultish fascination with the “Waldorf Style” of learning will never be refunded.

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  • Hanna
  • 26-01-2020

Really insightful.

This was a confidence booster. Really helpful guide for parents. Definitely worth reading. highly recommend

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