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I will struggle getting my almost 7-year-old son to sleep by eight o’clock. It seems there is a magic window. If we eat by five and I start slowing down his activities by six, there is a good chance that he will fall asleep soon after reading stories at seven-thirty.

If I don’t have dinner ready until six or seven and slow down doesn’t begin until eight or eight-thirty, then he seems to get a second wind that keeps him
awake and active till ten or ten-thirty at night.

The next day is difficult for him. It is hard for him to get up, eat breakfast, and get to school on time. He is tired and more irritable the entire day.

What is happening?

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child makes a general comment ( No. 17  2013) on the child's rights to rest, leisure, play, recreational activities, cultural life and the arts.


“A child will flourish if there is a regular rhythm between the will working during the day when it is awake and the will building up the growing organism in sleep. Then the body can become that instrument for which the child was already longing before birth.”

(Norbert Glas, p. 76)

Recent transgender stories in the media show the extent to which notions of gender are becoming blurred. Caroline Vollans explores a subject that all educational practitioners need awareness of.

We are only going to hear more about it, so it is clearly a subject with which all educational practitioners need to engage.

Courage, Initiative and the New We

Lecture by Florian Osswald, 10th World Teachers' Conference, in: Journal Midsummer No. 57

The culture of the We deserves our attention. The We enables a lot, even troublesome things. What kind of We lives in our teaching, in the work with our colleagues, in the school community or even in society? Are we aware of the process of how the We is born?

The doll is an image of the human being used as a plaything, says the Concise Oxford Dictionary. What an extraordinary statement. An image of the human being! How awake must we be then to the use and the effects of the use of a doll on the young child. An article by Margaret Shaw

Guidelines for Observing School Readiness 

Resources for study and detailed discussion of birth of the etheric WECAN publication "From Kindergarten into the Grades elaborates this picture. Editor Ruth Ker has compiled Rudolf Steiner’s indications regarding the birth of the etheric and school readiness.