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Hawthorn Press Early Years Series

The Parent and Child Group Handbook

A Steiner/Waldorf Approach

January 2006
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  • Publisher
    Hawthorn Press
  • Published
    1st January 2006
  • ISBN 9781903458464
  • Language English
  • Pages 192 pp.

Regular contact with other families can be a vital lifeline for parents with young children—a chance to make friends, ask questions, learn new skills and gain confidence in their own abilities as a parent.

Rudolf Steiner’s insight into the spiritual, sensory and intellectual needs of early childhood has inspired a unique kind of parent and child group. Drawing on this approach, Dot Male’s book shows parents how they can join together with others to create a supportive family community.

Illustrated with case studies from around the world, her lively, accessible guide to running a thriving parent and child group explains how to:

∞ Create a calm, harmonious space;
∞ Use rhythm and ritual to structure a session;
∞ Devise appropriate toys, crafts, games and outdoor play
∞ Celebrate seasonal festivals and the cycle of the year
∞ Fulfill key health, safety and legal requirements.

Written with the needs of busy parents in mind, The Parent and Child Group Handbook can be used as a quick read for inspiration and ideas or as a comprehensive reference. Each chapter includes an introductory overview, a summary of key points, and, for those who wish to explore the issues further, book lists and useful contacts.

"This unique and much-needed book gives a convincing argument for the value of these groups, for both parent and child. Both inspiring and immensely practical, it offers the group leader the insight and means to create a truly meaingful and appropriate experience within a parent-and-child group setting."
Lynne Oldfield, director of the London Waldorf Early Childhood Training Course and author of Free to Learn 

"This book is a treasure trove of helpful information.... It is not only insightful regarding child development and how best to support parents and their little ones, but also offers a cornucopia of practical advice and business acumen."
Cynthia Aldinger, Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America

Dot Male

Dot Male is a mother and trained kindergarten teacher. She leads Steiner parent and child groups and organizes courses for parent and child group leaders and for parents. She lives in York, UK.