PRESENTATION BY KIMBERLEY LEWIS
When Waldorf and Steiner schools began getting requests from parents to take younger and younger children into their programs (two-year-olds, one-year-olds, and babies), IASWECE (International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education) began asking countries to create birth-to-three task forces. Many ideas and sister movements (such as RIE and Pkler) began to be highlighted. In a quest to understand “what is truly anthroposophical” in all these many ideas stemming from this very specific birth to three work, Kimberley began collecting Steiner quotes and lecture fragments on the theme. She narrowed the research to begin at the time of conception and ending with the time when a child says “I”. She’s currently collecting them all into a book called Conception to “I” Consciousness: The Mystery of the First Three Years of Life, and she wants to share some of the most interesting findings with the FRAC community.
Kimberley Lewis is a retired birth-to-three teacher, consultant, mentor, and writer. She did her Waldorf training at Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire, where she received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She is a RIE Associate, and has done many advanced trainings at the Pikler House in Budapest. Kimberley helped edit the WECAN publication The Child From Birth To Three In Education and Care and co-edited Creating Connections for WECAN, about Parent/Child work. After raising her own three children, she taught for 14 years in Waldorf schools. Currently, she volunteers for the RIE organization, Sophia’s Hearth, and the Arizona Manzanita Branch of the Anthroposophical Society. And she continues to edit her book.
Up-Coming Café Guests
Please watch for special Saturday Cafés
as we periodically will hear from Café Guests outside of North America!
November 24: Patrick Kennedy
December 2: Tobias Kaye (Special Saturday Café @ 11 a.m. U.S. MT)
December 8: Adam Blanning
December 15: Christopher Schaefer