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Childhood is a Verb! Promotes Natural Childhood for Children

Jul 03, 2018 01:25AM

Bente Goldstein, a local leader in Waldorf teaching and owner of FarmWise Education, has written a book, Childhood is a Verb! Why a Virtual Childhood Isn’t Enough. The book comes in two versions: the whole book, with black-and-white illustrations; and a condensed version with color illustrations and a short summary of the full content. Both versions can be purchased on and other online stores.

“Because children in our technological era are having fewer first-hand experiences than ever before, this book is for those parents who want to limit screen time and need to know that they have a right to do exactly that,” Goldstein says. “It is a manual for parents who want arguments that support a more natural childhood for their kids. The book teaches parents how to allow their children to have their own creative play and how to incorporate them into the tasks of keeping up a home.”

FarmWise offers hands-on learning throughout the year through school group visits, weekend family programs and a summer farm school. The programs introduce small groups of children to the values, lifestyle and work ethic of the farm, and kids learn to actively engage with the world around them. FarmWise was founded on the belief that collaborating with nature on a farm fosters “earth intelligence”.

Location: W2331 Kniep Rd., Elkhorn. For more information, call 262-642-9738 or visit

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