The Cottage Garden

 

 

 

 

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Imitation

The Cottage Garden will provide a curriculum appropriate to the child’s stage of development. According to Rudolf Steiner, the child learns by imitation during her first seven years. To facilitate the child’s innate imitative abilities, the early childhood teacher spends much of the morning engaged in various activities — baking or cooking the week’s snacks, slicing fruit, washing dishes, sewing, making or fixing a toy or working on seasonal crafts such as felting balls, sewing crowns, gluing a paper transparency. The children will see, watch and imitate the teacher in one of several ways. They may want to do what the teacher is doing. Thus, a teacher who is baking will find that the children all come over to help. Other children may imitate the teacher’s work in their own creative-play. So, while the teacher bakes a loaf of real bread, some children will “bake” make-believe bread in the play kitchen. Most important to me is the third stage of imitation, in that the intention of the teacher pervades the room and fills the children’s play with calm and focus. When this occurs a gentle hum might be heard throughout the room.


The Cottage Garden • Celia Riahi • 135 Cottage Street • Amherst, MA 01002 • 413.348.6035celia@thecottagegarden.org