Free Public Waldorf School Opening Fall 2016 in BuxMont

good earth charterGood Earth Charter School—a free, public Waldorf-methods school serving the Bucks and Montgomery counties—will open in the fall of 2016, and is currently seeking pre-enrollments for kindergarten through grade 2. The school will be one of three of its kind on the entire East Coast. The school is currently searching for the perfect location surrounded by nature.
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Recipe: Kid-Friendly Protein Power Bars

YIELDS: 12 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup nut butter (almond, sunflower seed or peanut)
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

PREPARATION:

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Recipe: Breakfast Pudding/Topping

Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 medium ripe avocado, washed, peeled and cut in half with pit removed
  • 2-3 ripe bananas, peeled
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • ½ Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder or carob powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder, to taste
  • Dried coconut for topping (optional)

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Simple, Yet Effective Techniques for Communication with Children and Adolescents

by Kathleen Krol

communication familyWhen we are communicating well, both parties walk away with the same understanding from the conversation. However, many times we may find we are working to express ourselves but not feeling heard—and hearing another person talking without really comprehending what it is they are trying to say. When we are busy and caught up in the daily in and out of our routines, clear communication can be lost along the way. For adults interacting with children, there are added complexities.
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Mindful Parenting, Mindful Kids

by Jacquelyn O’Malley

mindful parenting 2We can be happier, less stressed and more effective parents simply by paying attention and pausing to breathe. These simple ideas form the heart of mindfulness, a type of focused concentration and meditative breathing that’s emerged into the national consciousness thanks in part to studies linking it to increased productivity and reduced anxiety.

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Summer Camp at River Valley Waldorf School for Ages 3 to 12

river valleyRiver Valley Waldorf School will offer summer camp programs at its Upper Black Eddy and Doylestown locations for campers from kindergarten through sixth grade. Consistent with the principles of Waldorf education, activities will stimulate imaginations, encourage social harmony and exercise both large and small motor skills.
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Kimberton Waldorf School Announces Forest, Field and Farm Kindergarten Program

kimberton kindergarten programKimberton Waldorf School, serving students from early childhood through grade twelve, will be offering an outdoor, nature-based kindergarten program beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year. Children ages 4 through 6 may be eligible to attend the half-day kindergarten program.
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Empowering Adults to Promote Vegetable Consumption in Children

veggiecationVeggiecation, an organization that works to promote and educate communities on the health benefits of vegetables, is offering its Veggiecation Educator Training Workshop to those interested in bringing the program to children in schools, after-school programs, supermarkets and more. The workshop aims to empower adults to promote vegetable consumption in children with a simple, fun, evidence-based nutrition education program.
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Keep Kids Germ-Free This Summer

by Renata Myers

Whether playing indoors or out, online or off, germs accumulate everywhere kids touch. Keep an eye on these places that carry hidden germs and take the following simple steps to keep kids healthy all summer break.
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Time for a Trip to the ‘Tickle Doctor’

Pediatric Non-Needle Acupuncture

by Paolo Propato and Grace Rollins

When a little one is faced with a chronic health issue, conventional medicine often leaves parents with few non-pharmaceutical options. Recurring ear infections, colic, GERD, constipation or diarrhea, asthma, allergies, eczema and hives, ADHD, sleep disorders and low immunity are among the common issues parents see in their kids today. Without knowledge of safe, natural medicine approaches, parents are faced with either medicating their kids, or feeling like they are neglecting the problem—and their children—by doing nothing.

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Why Waldorf?

by Stephanie Smith

A Waldorf education at River Valley Waldorf School prides itself in educating the head, hands and heart. It inspires. A visit to a first grade “main lesson”—the first two hours of the day when the primary content is delivered—would reveal children variously clapping, stomping, singing, writing in their main lesson books, painting and drawing. They are obviously inspired. But how, exactly, is this done? How does a Waldorf school approach teaching differently from its public and private counterparts?

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