Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] How do you apply Sudbury model to early childhood education?

From: Karen Locke <>
Date: Sat Aug 28 17:10:01 2004

Hi Allison.

I am impressed that you are this far ahead with your daughter at such an early age. I didn't find out about SVS until my son was about 4, and I didn't ever get to put him in such a school (although we did a homeschool group based on the model).

It seems to me that thinking about "educating" an infant or toddler is a little dangerous. It implies active intervention, or planning. In these days of baby flashcards it's probably even harder to resist intervening than it was when my son was little 20 years ago.

To me one thing SVS has meant is struggling NOT to "educate". Babies and toddlers have their own intrinsic "curricula" (learning language, standing, walking, coping with frustration, etc.), which they are perfectly capable of proceeding through with little or no intervention at all. So in addition to any of the books above, I'd recommend books on dealing with one's own adult frustration and issues with leaving children to work out their own difficulties. Any books on processing your own issues are helpful too. My favorite in that vein is "At the Speed of Life" By Gay and Kathleen Hendricks or books on recovery from codependence. When we live through our children, expecting them to make us happy or prove what good people we are instead of letting them live their own lives, we are being codependent.

Karen Locke
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Allison Tiffany-Goldstein
  Sent: Friday, August 27, 2004 7:26 PM
  Subject: [Discuss-sudbury-model] How do you apply Sudbury model to early childhood education?

  Hi Everyone!

  My name is Allison Tiffany-Goldstein, and I'm new to your discussion list. I discovered Sudbury while researching alternative education on the Internet. I have a six month old baby girl, and I would like to know how I can apply the Sudbury model to early childhood education. Can it be used in educating your infant?

  My background is as follows.

    a.. Born and raised in New Jersey.
    b.. Mother was a public school teacher.
    c.. Attended public schools as a child. Graduated from high school in 1983.
    d.. B.S. in Secondary Education from public university.
    e.. J.D. from private college.
    f.. Enjoyed school and learning until 7th grade. Disliked school and learning from 7th grade until senior year in college. Fell in love with school and learning my senior year in college. Loved "learning" in law school but strongly disliked the "boot camp" atmosphere of the law school "system."
    g.. I'm a stay home mom and live in Phoenix.

  I realized late in life that learning IS fun! There's just a lot of teachers and school systems that make it awful. I want my daughter to have a positive experience. Any advice?

  Thank you in advance.


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