Literacy for Lifelong Learning Conference

Detroit Waldorf School

For Immediate Release

Contact: Melanie Reiser, Outreach Director

313-822-0300; melaniereiser@detroitwaldorf.org

Literacy for Lifelong Learning Conference

Saturday, February 14, 2009

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Detroit Waldorf School

Detroit Waldorf School (DWS) will host a conference on the topic of literacy as the foundation for lifelong learning on Saturday, February 14, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program will highlight the imagination-focused language arts curriculum endorsed by Waldorf education, one of the world’s fastest-growing independent school movements. The keynote address will outline the Waldorf approach to language arts, which is rooted in the notion that children who love to read will develop the critical and creative thinking skills necessary for a successful and balanced life. The goal of the Waldorf methodology is to awaken in every child a love for the powers of language, which in turn leads to exceptional independent reading skills and writing abilities. In contrast to most reading programs taught in today’s schools, the image-based Waldorf curriculum eliminates the rote memorization that can take the joy out of reading and lead to academic overload.

In addition to the keynote presentation, conference participants will choose from among four workshops covering the following topics: parental support for reading and writing at home; early childhood literacy; Waldorf education as preparation for high school, college, and beyond; and authentic assessment: an antidote to standardized testing.

The conference features keynote speakers Sian Owen-Cruse, PhD, and Dana Davidson of Detroit‘s Cass Technical High School. Owen-Cruise is a Master Waldorf Teacher and the program director of the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan, a teacher’s training program for Waldorf educators. She is also the program manager of Washtenaw County’s Success by 6 initiative, which provides support for parents, childcare professionals, and agencies aiding young children and their families. Additionally, Dr. Owen-Cruise serves as president of the Detroit Waldorf School Board. Dana Davidson teaches English at Cass Tech and has authored the young adult novels Jason & Kyra and Played. Davidson was the recipient of a Newsweek/WDIV Outstanding Teacher Award in 2001.

The Literacy for Lifelong Learning conference is open to the public at a cost of $25 per person, which includes admission and a continental breakfast. Prospective attendees may register online at www.detroitwaldorf.org or contact Detroit Waldorf School Outreach Director Melanie Reiser at 313-822-0300.

Celebrating its 42nd year, the Detroit Waldorf School is part of the international Waldorf School movement, which comprises over 900 schools in 83 countries. Located in Historic Indian Village, just three miles east of downtown Detroit, DWS is housed in a stately historic structure designed by Albert Kahn. Situated on four acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the school provides a warm and inviting environment that nurtures growth, learning, and creativity by focusing on each student?s developmental needs. DWS offers enrollment in nursery school through eighth grade. Its interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes analytical, creative, and critical thinking, as well as self-discipline, initiative, and reverence for the natural world.

The Detroit Waldorf School is located in Historic Indian Village at 2555 Burns Ave., Detroit, MI 48214. For more information, call 313-822-0300 or visit www.detroitwaldorf.org.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Melanie Reiser

Outreach Director, Detroit Waldorf School

(313) 822-0300, (313) 822-4030 (fax)

melaniereiser@detroitwaldorf.org

www.detroitwaldorf.com

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The Price of Children

The Price of Children

I saw this today and thought I’d share.

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle-income family. Talk about price shock! That doesn’t even touch college tuition. But $160,140.00 isn’t so bad if you break it down.

It translates into:

* $8,896.66 a year,

* $741.38 a month,

* $171.08 a week.

* A mere $24.24 a day!

* Just over a dollar an hour.

Still, you might think the best financial advice is; don’t have children if you want to be ‘rich.’ Actually, it is just the opposite. What do you get for your $160,140.00?

* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!

* Glimpses of God every day.

* Giggles under the covers every night.

* More love than your heart can hold.

* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.

* Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.

* A hand to hold usually covered with jelly or chocolate.

* A partner for blowing bubbles and flying kites.

* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

For $160,140.00, you never have to grow up. You get to:

* finger-paint,

* carve pumpkins,

* play hide-and-seek,

* catch lightning bugs,

* never stop believing in Santa Claus.

You have an excuse to:

* keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,

* watch Saturday morning cartoons,

* go to Disney movies, and

* wish on stars.

You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother’s Day, and cards with backward letters for Father’s Day.

For a mere $24.24 a day, there is no greater bang for your buck.

You get to be a hero just for:

* retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof,

* taking the training wheels off a bike,

* removing a splinter,

* filling a wading pool,

* coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and

* coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.

You get a front row seat in history to witness the:

* First step,

* First word,

* First bra and/or jock strap,

* First date,

* First time behind the wheel.

You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you’re lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great grandchildren. You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match. In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God. You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost.

That is quite a deal for the price!!!!!!!

Love and enjoy your children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren! It’s the best investment you’ll ever make!

And think, that list is incomplete.  It doesn’t even begin to cover all the benefits and rewards that coming along with having/raising children!

When Taking Your Kids to the Dentist

I told my friend, Lesley, that I was going to take a leaf out of her book and post about this!  We recently had a friend who took her daughter to the dentist; and her daughter was restrained without her knowledge or permission!!!

NEVER leave your child alone at the dentist’s office!!!  Always insist on being present with them.  If you’re not allowed to be with your child, then take your child and leave!

Here’s some links on the types of restraints that dentists are using–basically a straight-jacket for kids called a “papoose.”

Papoose Boards 1

Papoose Boards 2

Papoose Boards 3

Daily Wrinkle

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

~Gilbert K. Chesterton, 1874-1936