"It is good to know that the simplest things, like staying home with no plans, are often what can best serve Childhood, with its innate need for unstructured play time, household tasks, and human relationships."
"Some people find that if they go consciously into sleep with a question concerning the future, dreams become vivid, and answers are often discovered in the following days."
"Taking time to contemplate the true gifts of these holi-days is necessary if we are to fully realize them."
"If we but see and support the noble and highest in our children, they will live up to it."
"How nourishing it is for children to watch the adults in their lives slowly build up the beauty and wonder of the season over time, rather than present it ready-made for them."
"As adults, we do our children a great service when we allow them the time and space to breathe into this special pause in the year with quiet and reverence. We too gain a gift, for whenever we pause, we free ourselves from habitual thinking and action and create a space."
"The rush of “getting it all done” before December 25th is replaced by a more gentle unfolding of time."
Laura Cassidy taught in the Early Childhood Department of Prairie Hill Waldorf School in Pewaukee, WI, for 22 years, 8 of those as a lead kindergarten teacher. She founded the school's "WonderGarden" preschool and taught in the parent-child playgroup, assisted in grade one, and continues to teach calligraphy to sixth graders. She is a core faculty member of the Great Lakes Waldorf Institute for teacher training. Laura has a B.A. in English, graduated from the very first LifeWays training with Cynthia Aldinger, and took the 3-Year Gradalis Early Childhood Therapeutic Education Course with Bonnie River, Nancy Blanning, and Lori Clark. She is the mother of three grown Prairie Hill Waldorf alumni. Laura has a deep love and is inspired by the fairy tales, her work as a calligraphy artist, and the archetypal artist and healer: Mother Nature.