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Early Years Education Foundations

  • Creating Environments
  • Lucy Mills
  • 30 Mins
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30 Mins


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7 Videos


Discover the essence of Rudolf Steiner's educational philosophy through the lens of Lucy Mills' favorite activities in this immersive class on the Early Years Network. Across seven enriching lessons, participants engage in a variety of practical and theoretical explorations inspired by Steiner's holistic approach. From foundational principles to practical applications, attendees uncover the transformative power of activities such as building positive relationships, storytelling, painting with natural resources, sand play with loose parts, and integrating yoga, dance, and music. Culminating in the creative endeavor of den building, Lucy Mills shares her passion for these activities, offering insights and strategies to nurture the holistic development of young learners. Join Lucy on this holistic journey and discover the joy and depth of Steiner-inspired education.

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Lesson Content

1. Unveiling Rudolf Steiner's Early Years Theory


In lesson 1 participants will embark on a journey to explore Rudolf Steiner's groundbreaking early childhood theory. Through this initial class learners will gain a deeper understanding of Steiner's holistic approach to child development, which emphasizes the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit. Before delving into the practical application of Steiner's theory and how to incorporate these principles into their daily interactions with young learners, it is vital learners gain insight and understanding into the fundamental principles of Steiner's early years theory. As Lucy guides the exploration, participants will discover Steiner's profound belief in nurturing the unique individuality of each child, fostering a sense of purpose and creativity from an early age. Additionally, they will delve into Steiner's innovative ideas on integrating artistic expression into educational practices, recognizing the transformative power of engaging children through diverse forms of expression.

2. Steiner's Approach to Building Positive Relationships with Children


In Lesson 2 participants will delve deeper into Rudolf Steiner's philosophy, focusing on his ideas and strategies for nurturing meaningful connections with children. Lucy will provide valuable insights and practical strategies for fostering positive relationships based on Steiner's principles. Lucy will explore Steiner's theories on empathy, understanding, and respect for the individuality of each child, offering actionable strategies for educators and caregivers to cultivate these qualities in their interactions. By the end of the lesson, attendees will emerge with a toolkit of practical techniques and a heightened awareness of the significance of building positive relationships in promoting the well-being and development of young learners.

3. Storytelling Magic - Bringing Rudolf Steiner's Vision to Life


Lucy will guide attendees through the enchanting world of storytelling, drawing upon Steiner's belief in the power of narrative to ignite imagination, cultivate language skills, and foster a deeper connection to the world around us. Participants will learn the art of crafting compelling narratives that resonate with the developmental stages of children, weaving together elements of wonder, wisdom, and moral insight. You will discover how storytelling can serve as a potent tool for nurturing empathy, inspiring creativity, and instilling values in young learners. From traditional folktales to original stories crafted from the heart, learners will explore a variety of storytelling techniques tailored to the unique needs and interests of children. By the end of the lesson, learners will emerge with newfound confidence in their storytelling abilities and a repertoire of engaging tales ready to captivate young audiences. This immersive experience not only honors Rudolf Steiner's vision of holistic education but also equips educators, caregivers, and parents with a versatile tool for fostering imagination and fostering a love for learning in children.

4. Embracing Natural Resources For Artistic Expression


Next up Lucy invites participants to explore the world of painting using natural resources, inspired by Rudolf Steiner's educational philosophy. Learners will discover the beauty and versatility of painting with natural resources, in alignment with Steiner's vision of harmony between humanity and the natural world. From earth pigments to plant-based dyes, attendees will learn how to source and utilize sustainable materials found in their own environments.

5. Exploring Sand Play with Loose Parts


In Lesson 5 Lucy leads participants on a captivating exploration of sand play enriched by loose parts. Drawing inspiration from Rudolf Steiner's educational philosophy, in this lesson learners will immerse themselves in the sensory world of sand and unleash their creativity through open-ended play. Lucy will demonstrate how incorporating loose parts, such as shells, stones, and natural objects, enhances the sensory and imaginative possibilities of sand play. Participants will learn how to set up inviting sand play environments that stimulate exploration, experimentation, and discovery. Lucy will share practical tips and strategies for facilitating meaningful sand play experiences that support holistic child development, and hopefully leave you with a wealth of ideas and inspiration to incorporate sand play with loose parts into their practice, whether in educational settings or at home.

6. Exploring Rhythmic Harmony


In Lesson 6 Lucy leads participants in a theoretical exploration of the profound connections between yoga, dance, and music in early childhood development, drawing inspiration from Rudolf Steiner's holistic educational philosophy. Throughout this class Lucy delves into the underlying principles and benefits of integrating these expressive forms into educational practices. Attendees will delve into the theoretical underpinnings of incorporating rhythmic movement and music into educational settings, gaining a deeper understanding of how these practices support children's social, emotional, and cognitive development. Drawing on Steiner's principles, Lucy will highlight the importance of fostering a harmonious relationship between body, mind, and spirit through movement and music.

7. Building Boundless Imaginations


In the culminating session, Lesson 7, Lucy leads participants in a captivating exploration of den building as a transformative activity in early childhood education. Inspired by Rudolf Steiner's holistic principles, you'll delve into the creative potential and developmental benefits of constructing and inhabiting imaginative spaces. Throughout the session, Lucy delves into the theoretical foundations behind den building, illuminating its role in fostering creativity, problem-solving skills, and social interaction in young children. Participants will explore how den building provides a canvas for imaginative play, encouraging children to express themselves, collaborate with others, and explore the world around them.

Meet your teacher

Though still relatively new to the world of early years I can honestly say it's become such a passion and I'm so happy I made the decision to join such a fulfilling and rewarding career. In the rush of our busy daily routines we can sometimes forget how amazing it is to see the young children under our care develop and mature throughout their early childhood. However, it is so important that we get the early childhood education right! That's why I joined the Early Years Network to help and inspire those just like me who work with young children everyday and want to make a difference.

'A complete game changes for us.'

Having The Early Years Network at our fingertips has completely changed the way we develop our staff members. The platform allows me to inspire staff to follow their own individual passions through easy and accessible training.

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