Class 1 Parent Teacher Meeting

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					Class 1 Parent Teacher Meeting
April 24 2007
Topic: The 7th Year and the 4 Temperments + Update on Class 1 Curriculum and
Attendee’s: Rosina, Lyn McCormick, Lisa Romero, Parents (approx 20)

                                     The 7th Year – By Lisa Romero

As the children enter their 7th year they begin a new consciousness with much more
awareness of their sensory system. This is due to the child’s developmental cycle that is
shown in Exhibit 1:

                          The Development Cycle
         Physical Birth                                                                             42 yrs
                              Nerve sense System

                   2 ½ yrs
                              Rhythmic System

                    4 ½ yrs      Metabolic Limb System

                                                         Evidenced by Change of Teeth

                                         Nerve sense System                                      35 yrs
          Etheric Birth 7 yrs
                                  9½ yrs

                                                              Ego Birth
                                                                                        28 yrs
                      Astral Birth 14 yrs
                                                                21 yrs

Steiner talks about three major development cycles which are each approximately 7 years
in length. Stage 1 is from birth to 7 years of age and culminates in the change of teeth.
Stage 2 begins around the age of seven when their Etheric birth is announced by the
change of teeth. Stage 3 refers to their astral birth at the age of 14 and is apparent by the
children entering puberty. Stage 4 is the ego birth at 21 years of age.

During this transitional time around their 7th year, the child will show the following

      They become highly sensory beings who are more fussy about tastes, smells or
       other sensory experiences.
      Heightened responses to judgements from parents or criticism from friends.
      Start comparing themselves to other children.
      Begin to find their areas of achievement.
      Display a need for sharp concise tasks and jump from one activity to the next.
      Be aware of their heightened sense experience (eg hearing becomes more
       sensitive and may come home remarking about the noise in the classroom. It is
       good to hear and listen to your child’s experience in School but recognise that it
       may not be actually be as bad as they are experiencing. The noise level is not
       necessarily greater but the sensitivity to sound has increased.)
      They desire to accumulate more knowledge or more sensory experiences.
      Appear to be very confident but it is important for parents to be mindful of their
       still very young age.
      There is a risk to overload them with new experiences such as computers but it is
       important not to over stimulate their sensory experience at this time.

While the first seven years of a child’s life are about creating a strong healthy physical
body, during the seventh year there is an intellectual awakening with a strong desire by
the child to learn reading, numbers and writing.

                        The Four Temperaments – By Lisa Romero

Parents and Teachers will also start to see character traits coming through during the
seventh year. Steiner indicates that there are four major temperaments:

                   1.   Melancholic (linked to Earth and Carbon)
                   2.   Phlegmatic (linked to Water and Oxygen)
                   3.   Sanguine (linked to Air and Nitrogen)
                   4.   Choleric (linked to Fire and Hydrogen)

To assist us in identifying the right temperament of our child, it is better to identify the
two temperaments that your child is least and then deduce from that analysis what
temperament your child is more inclined. Usually two predominate in each child. Lisa
Romero then proceeded to go through the character traits of each temperament and how
parents and teachers can more effectively communicate with these temperaments:

Temperament                 Character Traits                     Effective Communication
                                                                 Techniques for Parents and
Melancholic            Deep Thinkers                           Want to be met as individuals
                       Highly moral individuals                Try to meet them with their
                       A bit more weighted in their             experience and empathise with them
                        approach to life                         (ie Yes I knew of a boy/girl who
                       More Pessimistic approach                also had to eat all their vegetables
                       Has one special friend and is very       and have no treats…ie can tell an
                        loyal                                    even sadder story to encourage them
                       Gives up easier.                         out of brooding)
                       Artistic                                Important to understand their
                       Feels pain deeply                        experience and really listen to them
                       Very compassionate                       empathetically.
                       They make excellent counselors.         Don’t try to cheer them up with a
                       They like bitter and sweet tastes        happy story or by being flippant
                        like sugar and rich dark chocolate       about their experience.
Temperament                 Character Traits                     Effective Communication
                                                                 Techniques for Parents and
Phlegmatic            Creatures of Comfort                     Want to be met as individuals
                      Enjoy regular rhythms and                Don’t bully them
                       routines like the same breakfast         Often dreamy and uninvolved
                       everyday.                                 Like to observe
                      Don’t like starting new things           Warn them in advance of any
                      Extraordinary will forces                 changes
                      Incredibly loyal friends for life         Provide a safe environment.
                      Make really great mothers
                      Love routines
                      Extraordinary observers who can
                       make profound statements
                      Food is very important
                      Reliable
                      Enjoy watery foods like a daily
                       tea, gravy and soups.
Sanguine              Continually Changing                     Want to be met as individuals
                      Social Butterfly                         Present them with lots of variety but
                      Lots of Friends and may move              always keep bringing them back to
                       between a number of circle of             what you want them to focus on.
                       friends over a number of years           Be new and exciting
                      Can be superficial                       Need to be a interesting personality
                      Short attention span.                     to maintain their interest.
                      Can cause problems for others
                       without noticing (by a chance
                       remark in passing.)
                      Light walker

Choleric              Consume everything in their way.         Want to be met as individuals
                      Bossy (pushy)                            Don’t let them win over teacher or
                      Dominant                                  parent
                      Believe they know best (often do)        Give them problem solving tasks
                      Very quick                               Stay ahead of them and ensure you
                      Wants to win and be challenged.           maintain their respect.
                      Quick to anger. If they are in a         Provide plenty of challenges to fuel
                       rage they can’t hear you, so deal         their fire.
                       with them later (even the next day       Important to keep choleric’s on side.
                       if needed)
                      Very competitive
                      Highly sensitive
                      Enjoys hot spicy food like curries.

It is important to learn how to identify these four temperaments and view it is a musical
instrument which you can play better with practice over time.

Steiner Education tries to group children of same temperaments as the child will then
understand themselves better through interaction with children of similar characters and
overtime they will gain a better picture of themselves.
                 Class 1 Update – By Class Co-ordinators and Rosina

2008 Calendar
We will confirm after the P&F meeting on the 30th of April whether or not we are doing
this activity this year. There is a strong likelihood that Class 1 will complete this task and
it is a great fundraiser for the class. We learnt some tips from past calendar efforts:

     Keep the theme really simple
     Try to get it ready for Spring Fair on Sept 23rd.
     Get a variety of pictures and ensure it reflects the whole year.

If you are interested, I have attached to this document a list of activities and tasks that are
required so please email the class coordinators if you are interested in any of the

Curriculum Update
     Lots of Maths coming up this term with lots of counting, showing the “truth”
      about numbers and their relationships and introducing the number gnomes. In
      regards to maths, we will learn the following tables: 1x, 2x, 5x, 10x, 11x
     English language – Have now completed most of the upper case letters. Started
      with upper case as it reduces the confusion for children and is a recognised
      Steiner way of teaching. Will now consolidate the upper case letter and move to
      lower case letters in term 3.
     At this year’s Winter Festival, Year 1 will put on a play which we have started
      rehearsing. There will also be a presentation of their work on this night.
     Don’t forget from last terms Harvest festival, there are still a number of bowls
      that haven’t been picked up.
     For birthdays, you are invited to bring a cake but no parents are invited to the
      celebration until Class 3. Rosina will also consider birthday books in future.
     Handiwork is now finished and they have moved onto making needles and doing
      another form of knitting which will continue to develop the child’s will. They
      will also be making a bag for their recorders this term. Parents are welcome to
      attend on Thursday afternoon to help in knitting from 1.30pm to 2.45pm.
     Parent interviews will be happening this term most probably on Saturdays for
      about 30 minutes for each child. Great opportunity to catch up and chat on each
      child’s progress. Don’t miss out!!!!
     Swimming lessons are scheduled to begin in Term 4.
     Lastly, please be mindful of conducting “adult conversations” inside the
      classroom when children are present. “Adult” conversations are better to be held

See you all at the next Parent Teacher night. Thanks for coming. Love from All!