Steiner Inspired Workshops

All of these 'Steiner inspired workshops' are delivered by Jonathan Anstock

 

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* Movement and sensory (12 sense) learning in the Early Years

* Reconceptualising 'School Readiness and Assessment' for 4-6-year-olds

* Magic Storytelling, Imagination and Activity.

* The Primary Reflexes. Switch them off to switch kids on!

* Iʼm the Pied Piper! Simple Recorder Music. Yes you can!

All workshops support the EYLF view of childrenʼs lives and covers the NQF Quality Areas 1, 3 and 5.

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Movement and sensory (12 sense) learning in the Early Years

Developing the foundation senses of movement, touch, balance and “joy of living” in the early years

In this workshop, Jonathan will outline:

* Important stages in the physiological and psychological development of the child

* The twelve senses with emphasis on the four foundation senses of early childhood

* Why ennobling the four foundation senses via play is so important

* Why play-based learning, in the light of current chaotic sense stimulation, is the great educator

Nearly 100 years ago Rudolf Steiner divulged some of the most profound considerations regarding the education of children. His indications about the human beingʼs twelves senses and how the ennobled four foundation senses can lead to balanced adult human beings is most relevant today where childrenʼs senses can be bombarded and potentially over-simulated.According to the Gesell Institute, childrenʼs developmental milestones have not changed in 100years. In this age of mental and physical health challenges, Steinerʼ indications regarding a “health-giving” and “health-promoting” education deserve special consideration. It is notable that not one of the four foundation senses is ennobled via screen technology, and with its rampant untested consumption it is incumbent upon us as educators and parents to become aware of its potential advantages and harm.


Reconceptualising “School Readiness and Assessment” for 4-6-year-olds

What is, or should  be,  school readiness? What do we assess and why?


In this presentation, Jonathan will outline:

• What does a prep/foundation class teacher want a child to do?

• School readiness within a framework of child development

• Why there is no reason to rush into formal schooling

 Why true play-based learning is informal schooling

• What to observe and assess for learning. Why checklists?

• Why nature and play-based learning, in the light of current chaotic sense stimulation, is the great educator

• Different school starting ages in different countries, and why earlier may be harmful


Nearly 100 years ago Rudolf Steiner divulged some of the most profound considerations regarding the education of children.
His indications about the human beingʼs twelves senses and how the ennobled four foundation senses can lead to balanced adult human beings is most relevant today where childrenʼs senses can be bombarded and potentially over-simulated.
According to the Gesell Institute, childrenʼs developmental milestones have not changed in 100years. Schools across the globe have commenced formal schooling at 6 years of age or older.
If childrenʼs developmental milestones have not changed, are we rushing them?
Who says children should be writing their name before starting school?
What is the best age to start school?
What is the relationship between gross motor and fine motor?
Can we accidentally put the cart before the horse?
This workshop will bring back into focus, the needs of the child and the best ways to support them.

Magic Storytelling, Imagination and Activity.

Utilising four archetypes, acting, music and movement for deep learning


In this presentation, Jonathan will outline:

* How story-listening develops the imagination

* Storytelling and the development of the emotional life

* Storytelling and the development of the social life* Storytelling and the development of the moral life

* Storytelling using four archetypes

* Creative activity (eg acting, music and movement etc) stilted by storytelling


Albert Einstein said that “Imagination is more important than knowledge”. In this workshop Jonathan will outline how we support the development of the childʼs natural imagination, ie that which is expressed in non-guided play. The building of the childʼs inner pictures is an individualised process and is best supported in its development through a story. Once you have learned about the four archetypal characters, you will be able to further develop your own storytelling faculties. Reading to children is one thing, but stepping over that discomfort threshold and becoming a storyteller, is one of the most magical things to can do to help in the development of childrenʼs imaginations.
Be bold. Step out of your comfort zone. The children will love you for it. What better reward can you get? Jonathan is an experienced and creative storyteller. He also can give guidance on how to create healing stories for children processing challenges in their life.

The Primary Reflexes. Switch them off to switch kids on!

Identifying retained primitive reflexes and how to release them


In this presentation, Jonathan will outline:

* What the primitive reflexes are

* What they play in our survival

* Why they should be switched off

* What might indicate they have not switched off

* Games and exercises for children that support their release

According to the Gesell Institute, childrenʼs developmental milestones have not changed in 100 years. But the environment surrounding children has changed radically.There are more and more children facing developmental challenges. All primitive reflexes should have switched off by 18 months of age. What happens if they do not switch off? What might manifest in a childʼs behaviour? What games or activities could you employ in your centre to assist a child with retained reflexes? Today a child can be subjected to many non-health promoting activities - and sometimes ones that assist in the retaining of primitive reflexes. So what are health-promoting activities that can assist a child whose developmental, milestones have not been passed? As an ex-PE teacher and now remedial movement therapist, Jonathan is well experienced to work with early childhood educators to support children develop their “body intelligence.”

Iʼm the Pied Piper! Simple Recorder Music. Yes, you can!

Touch children deeply, with simple recorder playing


In this workshop, Jonathan will lead you to:

* Play the most simple of recorder tunes

* Be creative in writing simple verses for children

* Develop, simple music and movement activities for children

* Assist children to develop their innate rhythm, and maybe

* Collaborate to play some simple rounds

The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night And his affections dark as Erebus: Let no such man be trusted. Mark the musicShakespeareRudolf Steiner made it very clear that children benefit from hearing live music. The pulse of music is something wonderful to embed in children. Music can excite children or calm them down. One of the big challenges we can have today is calming children down. Music and poetry are magical in this regard.In this workshop discover how to play the most simple pentatonic tunes on the recorder. Watch how children will respond to your wonderful art. Through selected simple tunes you will be able to assist them with very simple rhythmic hand clapping games and singing to bring great joy.Introducing children to music making is one of the greatest activities to you can do. Although many will not be able to play the recorder themselves yet, your Pied Piper lead will sow a wonderful seed for the future.

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