Rhythm is the routine of living – learning, sleeping, eating, working, playing, celebrating.
Rhythm is natural because it was created by God.
God marked days and nights.“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.” Gen 1: 3-5
God created the earth in six days, rested, set some days as holy (which means set apart).“For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:11
God controls the seasons.“He changes times and seasons;God instituted celebrations. “ Daniel 2:21
God ordained celebrations.The Bible is full of celebration. The biblical God loves a celebration: feasting, rituals, uniting with family and community was mandated by God.
Living and teaching with a yearly, seasonally, weekly and daily rhythm is good because it connects us to God Himself.
Rhythm is the baseline of Waldorf-inspired education.
Children crave rhythm. How many times can you read the same book, tell the same story, or sing the same song to your child?
When a child witnesses leaves falling off of a tree, the tree laced with snow, the new leaf buds, and the green canopy overhead, he is experiencing God’s rhythm in nature. Going along with that rhythm, in as to how and what to teach at various times of the year, only seams natural and logical.
Daily rhythm helps a child feel secure because they know what to expect. Most parenting books will tell you the importance of a nighttime routine aids in the sleep process. But when rhythm sloshed from a simple bedtime ritual into the sunlight, I saw many of Rose’s anxieties wean, and she developed a greater sense of peace and security.
Create an external rhythm, is helping her create a greater internal rhythm. And the nee for discipline has decreased. I believe this is because many of her discipline problems stemmed from stress, not knowing what was expected, lack of sleep, and over-stimulation. Many of these issues are eliminated by balancing the daily rhythm in our home.
I’ve also noticed a heightened expectation around holidays and birthdays. When we do the same thing from year to year, there is excitement in the preparation, and peace in the presentation.
Ultimately creating rhythm in our family’s life and in education process has brought about greater peace and joy.