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The Apprenticeship of Being Human

Love, Language and Literature as the keys to early childhood formation.
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Graham Scharf

on 20 March 2014

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Transcript of The Apprenticeship of Being Human

The Apprenticeship of Being Human
Early Childhood is the critical period of:
Brain Development
Children learn by Repetition
Young Children Learn by . . .
Who are you?
Graham Scharf
What to Expect
Experience & Exposition
Love, Language
and Literature
Character,
Competence,
Creativity & Collaboration
Listen
Do
Discuss
Active Learning
Cultural Transmission
Character formation
Making Connections: Synapse Formation
Fine Tuning: Synaptic Pruning
Synapse Proliferation
Pruning
Even a child makes himself known by his acts,
by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
Proverbs 20:11
The Power of Words
“It makes no small difference, then whether we form habits of one kind or of another from our very youth; it makes a very great difference, or rather all the difference.”
Aristotle, Ethics (Book II)
Character
Competence
Creativity
Collaboration
Play
Experimentation
Aesthetics
Story
Role Play
Building
Destroying
Exploration
Trial and error
Pushing the limits
Music
Coloring
Dress up
Poetry
Picture Books
Drama
Routines
What are the keys for routines?
Liturgies of Life
Language
Literature
Love
Do:
Brainstorm: What do we do repeatedly?
Prioritize: What is most formative?
Plan: How can I establish this habit?
Debrief:
What were the best ideas?
What is easiest to put in practice?
What challenges do you see?
What is character formation?
"God I thank you that I am not like other men!"
"God, be merciful to me, a sinner!"
Character is the condition of the heart, formed by habit in community - expressed in thought, word and deed.
A Quick Clarification:
1. This is not fatalism.
2. This is not foolish optimism.
3. This is
formation
.

Session 1
Break!
Session 2
The Apprenticeship of Being Human
The Science of Brain Development
The Power of Habit
The Primacy of Character
Get to know each other!
What is your favorite toy?
What is your favorite children's book?
What is your favorite outing with your kids?
Love, Language & Literature
Identify your desires
Choose a routine
Parent in community
Example:
Brainstorm:
make bed
brush teeth
eat
play
read
tidy toys
get in car/stroller
bathe
Prioritize:
play, tidy toys
Habit:
Schedule it
Plan it
Vary it
Set expectations
Enforce expectations
Review!
How had the Lord Jesus made us to learn?
By imitation and repetition.
How has the Lord Jesus enabled us to lead?
By love.
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