RIE & other philosophies
RIE is an approach to caring for babies from birth to two years old based in developmental science, education, and humanism. We have much in common with other child-rearing, educational and humanistic philosophies and practices.
RIE + Waldorf
Waldorf education is an international movement based on the work of Rudolf Steiner. According to the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America, it “is founded upon an understanding of each child as a unique individual who seeks to learn and grow by experiencing the path of earthly life.” Waldorf early childhood teachers appreciate “the remarkable untaught achievements of the first three years: learning to walk, speak and think.”
Click to learn more from RIE Associates Kimberley Lewis and Simone Demarzi.
RIE + Montessori
Montessori education, founded in Italy by Dr. Maria Montessori over a century ago, is well known around the globe for its child-centered approach to education. According to The American Montessori Society, “the Montessori Method fosters rigorous, self-motivated growth for children and adolescents in all areas of their development — cognitive, emotional, social and physical.”
To learn more, watch the video with two of our RIE Associates/Montessorians, Lee Fernandez and Allison Manuel.
RIE + Permaculture
What could a philosophy for caring for infants and toddlers have in common with the conscious approach to sustainable land use and design? According to Permaculture magazine, “This is the essence of permaculture – the design of an ecologically sound way of living – in our households, gardens, communities and businesses. It is created by cooperating with nature and caring for the earth and its people…Permaculture is not exclusive – its principles and practice can be used by anyone, anywhere.”
Read the article by RIE Associate Ruth Mason to learn more.