My name is Andrew. I am currently a Teaching Assistant in Beechtree’s Bluebell Kindergarten although last year I was cover assistant in both of the Kindergartens and in the Parent and Child Groups.
You will notice that I write from both an insider and an outsider’s perspective. I did not grow up in the UK nor did I have much exposure to Steiner education prior to university. Instead, I spent my childhood playing in the streets, water, and woods of lil’ Rhode Island, USA. My first flight at age eighteen landed me not at a University’s doorstep but in the mountains of Colorado as an AmeriCorps Volunteer, and after exploring the country’s diverse lifestyles in a Kerouac-flavoured rant for a few years, graduated from College of the Atlantic with a B.A. in Human Ecology focusing on Writing, Education, Latin American Studies, and Art (specifically dark room photography, video, and book illustration). I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, a Yoga Instructor in Maine, and a Secondary English Literature teacher in Switzerland.
In retrospect, I have always favoured an experiential education.
My wife and I sought out Steiner education because we were looking for an environment, for our then eighteen month old son, which would nurture stability, self confidence, creativity, and play, centring around emotional and physical wellbeing but also including a renaissance man’s liberal palette of intelligences. We also wanted a community that would encourage multiculturalism and nonviolence.
This blog will focus on providing an insider’s perspective on the Kindergarten and Parent and Child environments. I will also include links to related topics, guest authors from time to time, and anything else that might be interesting all in an effort to paint an impression of the Beechtree experience. Together and through my experiences, we’ll get our fingers in the mud, eat the food, and most importantly play, alongside the children.
Questions, comments and concerns can always be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.