Supporting the Sense of Life

Nurturing well-being in young children and the adults who care for them

Edited by Nancy Blanning

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A collection of key lectures from WECAN conferences 2014-16 on how to help young children develop and how to support their caregivers.

234 x 156 mm
WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America)
Steiner-Waldorf Education
12 illustrations
144 pages
Publication date:
08 Aug 2019


This collection of keynote lectures from the WECAN Annual East Coast Conference 2014-2016 offers keenly observed and researched insights on how to assist the development of children's comfortable orientation in the world.

It also explores how educators and caregivers can support and strengthen their own sense of well-being.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Nancy Blanning
The Elixirs of Life by Susan Weber
Observing Life Sense Development by Ruth Ker
The Early Childhood Setting
How can we support the health of the developing life sense?
How can we actively set about developing our own soul-spiritual capacities?
What is earthly and cosmic nutrition?
Enlivening the Life Forces: Lessons from The Donkey by Patricia Rubano
Nurturing the Sense of Life and Well-Being by Adam Blanning, M.D.
Looking at Our Own Sleep Patterns to a Picture of this Pathway
The Life Sense from the Perspective of Point and Periphery by Barbara Baldwin
The Life Sense in Life
Point and Periphery Becomes Circle and Point in Curative Education
The Social Aspect of Point and Periphery
The Health of the Senses
Selected Bibliography and Recommended Resource


Nancy Blanning has been active in Waldorf early childhood education for over 25 years, most recently as the therapeutic support teacher at the Denver Waldorf School. She is also a teacher trainer, mentor, and remedial consultant to other Waldorf schools. She serves as the editor of Gateways, the newsletter of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America, and is a WECAN board member.

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