Preschool Education, Keeping the Magic Alive

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Gesine Abraham has worked with preschool/kindergarten children for over forty years. Her book, Preschool Education, Keeping the Magic Alive, was written in response to the concerns of parents and teachers. Are children not being unduly pressured into being super-kids? Are children not losing something vital and precious in the process? Most parents feel there is something wrong with the system that robs children of their childhood. The author encourages parents to trust their instincts. Drawing on Waldorf Education, perennial wisdom teaching, and child development specialists, the author places the child's magical consciousness within a broader framework of human potential. From this vantage point, a deeper insight into the inherent purpose and value of early childhood is gained. The author asks, Do we really want to place our children on a fast track to be overly competitive in a materialistic world? It is far better to work with and nurture the glow and wonder of childhood rather than erode it prematurely. Working with the glow is what age-appropriate parenting and right teacher practices are all about. This provides a spiritual foundation for a more fulfilling life.

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Since the 1960's, Gesine Abraham has been applying Waldorf early childhood principles in a variety of settings, including Head Start, play groups, daycare, and private Waldorf schools. She taught kindergarten at a K-8 private Waldorf school in Southern Oregon for ten years. Throughout these years, Gesine has also been actively involved in parenting education, giving workshops and lectures. Gesine was a founding board member of the Madrone Trail Public Charter School, in Medford, Oregon, which uses a Waldorf inspired curriculum. Gesine earned her BA degree from The World Program of Long Island University. During her undergraduate studies, she attended the foundation year program at Emerson Waldorf Teacher Training Institute in England. She completed her second year of Waldorf Training at the Waldorf Teacher Training Institute in Detroit, Michigan.

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In this informative volume, Gesine discusses what she has found to be some of the most common worries of parents today surrounding the preschool education of their children. Drawing on her background in both Waldorf Education and the Ageless Wisdom, and exploring the work of a number of respected child development specialists, Gesine discusses the child's magical consciousness within the broader framework of human potential.... Preschool Education looks at a vital and relevant topic, and provides suggestions and information for parents and early childhood educators alike. --The Beacon, January-March 2013

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