Building Community While at Home #4 -A Simple Home Rhythm

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” - Rachel Carson

Rhythm and routine are the pillars of our life in early childhood. For young children they provide the necessary form in which to feel secure and relaxed. Within this form the young child then can feel free to explore, learn and unfold. It is helpful to make a simple rhythm for your home taking your specific needs and circumstances into consideration. So, there is no one schedule that fits all.

"One can ascend to a higher development only by bringing rhythm and repetition
into one's life. Rhythm holds sway in all nature." - Rudolf Steiner

A reasonable starting point when contemplating your daily schedule is asking yourself what creates calm for you and what creates more tension. You do not want to build your daily rhythm around expectations that make you feel stressed but rather start with what makes you be your best. Your children will feel this and react positively to your calm and joyful approach.

In our early childhood classrooms, we live our daily lives flowing through our days. We mostly do not need a watch to tell us “what time it is.”

By Anke Scheinfeld, Rudolf Steiner School Kindergarten