About the We Nurture Podcast
We Nurture podcast came to life in the Fall of 2019 when it had become quite clear that although parents value gaining a deeper understanding of Waldorf education, finding time to read was a real challenge. Podcasting, as an alternative way to share information, makes discovering and learning about Waldorf education easily accessible.
Meet the hosts of the We Nurture podcast
I was born and mostly raised in Enugu, Nigeria, West Africa. My family left Nigeria for 5 years during the Nigerian civil war but returned after the war. From 9th to 12th grade I attended an American boarding school in the Northern part of Nigeria and enjoyed my four years at the school. After I graduated from high school, I left Nigeria to attend university in the United States. After several years at various universities, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture followed by a Master’s in Architecture.
I met my husband while in university and together we moved to southern California where all three of our children were born. It was in California that I first experienced Waldorf Education when I joined a parent and child class when my son was just a little under 2 years old.
I have always loved learning and have been drawn to the arts for as long as I can remember so it’s not surprising that my first encounter with Waldorf Education was a match. When I discovered Waldorf Education, it resonated with me instantly and just made sense as an educational approach to teaching children. The more I read and learned, the more it made sense.
I went on to earn my Waldorf Early Childhood teaching certificate after receiving my LifeWays North America training certificate in Child Development.
When I look back on my journey into Waldorf education the path I took isn’t straight. It’s full of deviations but one thing is certain I was always steered back. I think this journey truly started in early childhood where I was blessed with a rhythmical and reverent up-bringing.
I also came into the world very open to sense impressions. I remember thoughts from very early on and feelings and it still informs who am I today both in my personal life and in my life as an early childhood educator. These early impressions took on a whole new meaning to me when I began to learn about Waldorf education and its pedagogy. Exploring the holistic view of child development gave me peace as it solidified memories of profound experiences and feelings that I very consciously chose to remember from as early on as an infant.
My journey after that continues to ebb and flow but consistently I’ve been pulled back into Waldorf education throughout my whole adult life. I know that my reverence of early childhood fills me with appreciation every day both in my classroom and at home as a mother of 3.
Our mission is to make accessible information about Waldorf Early Childhood education and its expansive reach into child development from birth to 7. We want to connect with anyone interested in early childhood development like parents, grandparents, early childhood educators and caregivers. We strive to share deep insights through the lens of Waldorf education as well as offer support in raising strong children who are connected to their body, self, others and the world around them.
We value Waldorf education, specifically its approach to teaching to the developmental stages of the growth and maturing of children. We value that Waldorf early childhood programs honor and preserve childhood and allow children to experience the magic, wonder and beauty of coming to know the world and themselves. We value that Waldorf education views early childhood as a time to establish a strong foundation by giving children time to develop slowly.