Stephen Spitalny

Early childhood consultant and writer Stephen Spitalny offers inspiring lectures, workshops and mentoring to teachers and parents around the world. Recently he was in China and Indonesia mentoring teachers and giving workshops for teachers and parents. Both teachers and parents rave about their experiences and want Steve back for more!

"Chamakanda Blogs" is written by Steve and gives support for teachers and parents in connecting with and understanding young children.

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Steve was a kindergarten teacher at the Santa Cruz (California) Waldorf School for 24 years. Steve's mixed-age kindergarten included children from 3-years-old until they were ready for first grade. Since the mid-1990's, he has given workshops, lectures and courses on many themes for various institutions and groups including Rudolf Steiner College and various schools in Indonesia and China. For the past 7 years Steve has been on the faculty of WISC (Waldorf Institute of Southern California). He is a former Board member of WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America) as well as former editor of Gateways, the bi-annual newsletter of WECAN, and his many articles have been published in Gateways and various other publications. Steve's first book, Connecting With Young Children: Educating the Will was published in 2011.

Steve has recorded two cds of storytelling accompanied by music, and as a musician has appeared on several other cds.  

Steve Spitalny is available for teacher and parent mentoring and coaching, as well as workshops, lecture and courses on various themes including:

Connecting With Young Children

Spiritual Parenting

Storytelling and Storymaking as Nourishment for the Young Child

The Senses as the Windows to Connection with the World

The World of the Young Child

Beyond Sticks and Carrots

Creative Discipline

Nurturing Imagination Through Creative Play

Circle Time with Young Children

Inner Work/Self Development for teachers and parents

Child Study

Cultural Diversity and Waldorf Education - Inclusiveness as a Practice

Check out this interview with Steve from The Wonder of Childhood

Steve sends out special thanks to Leslye Lawrence for amazing coaching, proof-reading, editing, partnership and life journeying together!!

"Chamakanda was a very good friend to the children." (from the story "Chamakanda" on Steve's cd Chamakanda Tells Stories)

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