At Young Cedars Early Childhood Waldorf Inspired Program, Monica Flamenco is focused on providing the Highest Quality of Care for the Young Child to help each individual unfold their being from a place of wholeness.
Waldorf Education strives to Guide and Support Children in developing their Head, Heart and Hand. Young Cedars is committed to following these principles through implementing the Early Childhood Waldorf Curriculum as indicated by Rudolf Steiner.
I invite you to look at the Website and please feel free to contact Monica, if you have any comments and questions. Check back later for new updates. There’s much to come.
Monica has over twenty years of experience working with Young Children and their Families. She completed her Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher Training in B.C. in 2001. She embraced her Waldorf Community at The Vancouver Waldorf School where she worked for 10 years. Monica also taught for a brief time at the Great River School in Ottawa, Ontario when she initially returned to her place of Birth (Ottawa) seven years ago.
Before becoming a Waldorf Teacher, Monica traveled to the U.K. where she studied to become a Maria Montessori Casa (Kindergarten) Teacher after graduating from the University of Ottawa with her Bachelors in Social Sciences. She went on to open up “The Little Flower Montessori Room” for five years while living in London, Ontario.
Monica also holds an E.C.E. Diploma from Douglas College, Vancouver, B.C. through the P.L.A.R (Credit) Program.
Monica’s newest passion is practicing Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. She completed her Training in 2013. She is now a Certified & Registered Practitioner. BCST is a Non-invasive form of Body work which primarily helps to calm the Nervous System in both Adults and Children. She practices from her Home Studio and soon to practice at a nearby Clinic.
Monica speaks Spanish as her second language and enjoys singing simple French Children's Songs.
Zoom Information Meeting: What is Waldorf Education in the Early Years Q & A ?
When: Sunday, May 31st at 10:30 am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81370738249
Parent Education Workshops 2020: To be announced for Fall
What do Waldorf Education and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy have in Common?
Monica’s extensive background organically came together at the birth of Young Cedars Early Childhood Waldorf Inspired Program. September 2020 will mark the start of Young Cedars fifth year.
“We live in a fast paced Culture where we often unconsciously teach our Young Children to keep up, speed up and hurry along in the competitive world in which we live. This unfortunately sets up the young Child for stress and burn out at an early age and health complications may arise later in life. A stressed Adult trying to keep up with life's pressures may feel compressed and in a state of survival. Young Children do not have filters to separate the Adults stressful world, they simply absorb their environment and the Adults in them creating imprints for life.
The young Child needs Space and Time to experience their world in their bodies as they are working hard to inhabit them as well as develop them. A Waldorf environment offers the Child an opportunity to learn through their Body. It is through their Senses that Children come to understand their world. Rhythm is especially important in the first Seven Years of development because of the already rapid changes that are naturally taking place in early Childhood. Children need time to digest and
process their changes and experiences. A Waldorf environment develops its rhythm by connecting it to Nature through the Seasons. The Teacher can support the transitions of the day through her gestures and her singing voice as she moves the group from one activity to the next in a way that supports the nervous system of the Child. The Stories, Play and warm Snack all play a role in helping to develop the Head (Mind), Heart (Soul) and Hand (Body).
In my view, a Waldorf Kindergarten can be likened to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. Both approaches support the human being living in our Modern world. In the classroom, it is the Rhythm & the Curriculum: through lively play, stories, artistic and outdoor play which helps to calm and center a Child as well as strengthen and support their young growing bodies. In BCST, the Practitioner helps to calm the Nervous System and bring the already present Health forward through a gentle touch while resting on the Massage Table. Both approaches call the Teacher and the Practitioner to work from the center of his/her Heart.