As I was driving to work today I started to think about the Konmari method and how similar it is to the Waldorf kindergarten teacher method that I was taught when I kids were little. I remember visiting in a classroom and getting to be a teacher helper, which was such a fun thing to do. The teachers had cleanup time after playtime in the morning. During cleanup time the children learned how to take care of things - fold them, roll them and put them away - and everything had a place and everything was stored in a certain way. It reminded me of the Konmari method that people are using now - how we're all working to clear out our shelves and closets and take care of our things. I was thinking what a nice lesson this is to teach our children.
Here is a story we tell the children about how the years got their animal names.
Long ago, in China, the Jade Emperor decided there should be a way of measuring time. On his birthday he told the animals that there was to be a swimming race.
The importance of play from babies, children, adults and play in animals. Studies and reflections of Stuart Brown from the National Institute of Play.
We love how simple and beautiful cloth wrap is. And your wrapping becomes another gift or can be reused year after year. Playsilks are especially beautiful as wrapping as the colors are bright and shiny and then children can play with them.
Our playthings are designed to be conducive to creative, imaginative and meaningful play. Creative play is vital for children's well-being and is the most effective form of learning in early childhood; supporting growth on many levels: intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical.