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LifeWays Care ~ Warmth, Rest, Rhythm, Activity, & Nutrition

LifeWays Care practices are based upon the fundamental need for relationship-based care (bonding and continuity), neurological research, and recognition of living arts (domestic, nurturing, creative and social arts) as central to the advancement of children's social, emotional and intellectual skills. As LifeWays Care or Waldorf-trained teachers, we focus on five areas of the child's care; nutrition, warmth, rhythm, rest & activity.

Warmth

Warmth helps preserve the child's forces for the demanding work of growing a whole body. We take for granted the building-up (averaging more than 20 times their birth weight) and breaking-down (the myriad of childhood illnesses) processes that are all very normal events in the life of a child. We try our best to work with parents to layer their children and keep hats on their little heads whenever outside.

Rest

Rest is as important as play. A well-rested child is ready to meet the world but a child who lacks rest is ungrounded and has difficulty meeting the world. Sleep is not the only form of rest, but a daily rhythm that allows a child to "breath in" and then "breath out", have an environment that allows his eyes to rest, is allowed to have uninterrupted playtime (without shouting or hurrying or jolting out of their imagination) that is not overstimulated with electronic devices or noise is a child that has been given an opportunity to develop stillness. Without stillness, we never really come to know our true selves.

Rhythm

There is a saying, "rhythm replaces strength" and we wholly believe that a strong daily and weekly rhythm builds very strong children. As teachers, we find that the children become so embodied with this rhythm that they simply flow through the in-breathing and out-breathing times of the day. In much the same way the sun "rises" every morning, so too does the rhythm at BeeLoved Farm Playschool. Similarly, a child doesn't question the rising of the sun and, once a child falls into our rhythm, they find rest, relaxation, grounding and strength.

Activity

Healthy outdoor activity has become more and more scarce as parents find themselves stretched in many different directions and forced to protect their little ones from just about everything....including neighbors. It's of utmost importance for children to spend a large majority of their childhood outdoors, exploring nature, wondering at beauty, caring for animals, learning to love plants, and climbing trees. There's simply no substitute for playing outdoors and any parent with a fussy child will tell you that nature is the panacea. Therefore, we make a connection with Mother Earth EVERYDAY, rain or shine and we find that our climate-controlled environments actually induce illness as opposed to building a sturdy constitution, as is the case in children who have learned, "there's no such thing as bad weather, only improper clothing". Thus, we have rain boots, slickers, wet pants, extra clothes, extra socks, some more extra clothes and warm jackets for playing outside in all kinds of weather.

Nutrition

The nutritional needs of a child are quite different than that of the adult. Our meals are often, every two hours or so, hearty, and centered around the grains. Dr. Weston A Price, author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration and Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions, are wonderful resources for how to prepare nutritionally dense food for children and families.

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