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2nd grade, here we come!

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We did it! What a wonderful first year of teaching. Ending the school year 37 weeks pregnant was no walk in the park, and I could not have done it without the love and support from my husband. And I certainly could not have done it without the loving children I stand before every day. What a blessing they have been. Even at the very end when we had so much work to do packing and cleaning up the classroom, they rolled up their sleeves and did the overwhelming majority of the work. There was much that I couldn’t do, and they all jumped in together to finish the task. We make a great team and I know that we were meant to be together. God Bless the class of 2020.
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“You will not be good teachers if you focus only on what you do and not upon who you are.” ― Rudolf Steiner

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It has been almost a year since I have posted any sort of update. Although, I continue to post photographs of my works that come from the classroom. In September, I became a Class Teacher at an incredibly enchanted Waldorf school nestled on 40 acres in California. Truly, this is a dream come true. I have the pleasure of spending my days with a loving 1st grade class, who teach me just as much if not more than I teach them. We are about half way through our first year together. Looking back, I can see that we have done so much already, but in fact the journey has really just begun.

One of the very first aspects about Waldorf Education that attracted me, was Rudolf Steiner’s ideas about who the Class Teacher is. The most important thing for a child is who is standing before them–who is holding them. As a Teacher, I continue to work on myself through inner work and I strive to live my life as a compassionate and upright citizen of the world. Everything I do and say, inside and outside of the classroom, affects the soul-life of the children I stand before daily. Children are readers of authenticity. One cannot lie to a child, especially a young child.

I truly believe this and it is knowing this that originally led me to wanting to know more about Waldorf Education and the inner workings of the Class Teacher.

As a side note, I will never post pictures of the students or their work. I do not believe I have the authority or the right to do so. The works I post will be only my own, and they are works that I bring to the class throughout every day.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” ~Pablo Picasso

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Welcome!
As I am on my path towards becoming a Waldorf Grades Teacher, I am rediscovering my love for the arts that were so prevalent throughout my childhood. I decided that my art needed a place where it could be seen, rather than in random piles strewn about our home. With my modern mind, I thought that a blog would be the perfect solution. And there you have it–an art blog is born!

Enjoy!

With Gratitude,

Amanda

Wife/Daughter/Sister/Teacher/ARTIST