Below is a great selection of articles that are fabulous resources for Waldorf parents and teachers alike.
A visit to a first grade “main lesson”—the first two hours of the day when the primary content is delivered—would reveal children variously clapping, stomping, singing, writing in their main lesson books, painting and drawing. They are obviously inspired. But how, exactly, is this done? How does a Waldorf school approach teaching differently from its public and private counterparts?
Waldorf education, also sometimes known as Steiner Education, is a specific approach to pedagogy that was developed by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner in 1919. Emphasizing creativity, learning-by-doing, craft, storytelling and a focus on the natural world, Waldorf is one of the fastest growing alternative school systems in the world, and is, ironically, surging in popularity in high-tech communities like Silicon Valley, as described in this New York Times article from 2011.
Inhabitots – Nov 2013 : Read Full Article »
One dimension of healthy childhood that gives kids a solid footing in life is having lots of child-centered play throughout the early years and even into grade school. Play is the most important vehicle children have for coping with life and making sense of it.
CNN – Jan 2014 : Read Full Article »
Within educational research, a number of longitudinal studies have demonstrated superior academic, motivational and well-being outcomes for children who had attended child-initiated, play-based pre-school programmes.
University of Cambridge – Sep 2013 : Read Full Article »
“The decline in opportunity to play has also been accompanied by a decline in empathy and a rise in narcissism, both of which have been assessed since the late 1970s with standard questionnaires given to normative samples of college students…. A decline of empathy and a rise in narcissism are exactly what we would expect to see in children who have little opportunity to play socially.”
The Atlantic City Lab – Oct 2013 : Read Full Article »
A don at Oxford, who sits on the interview board for applicants, said that state education is so under question that they long for Steiner pupils who still have that love for learning.
The Telegraph– Oct 2013 : Read Full Article »
Some studies have found that educational programs that focus on improving memory, attention, executive function, and inductive reasoning can boost fluid intelligence…
MIT News – Dec 2013 : Read Full Article »
Author and clinical psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison writes, “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.”
Portland Family – Apr 2013 : Read Full Article »
Ask preschooler Zane Pike to write his name or the alphabet, then watch this 4-year-old’s stubborn side kick in. He spurns practice at school and tosses aside workbooks at home. But Angie Pike, Zane’s mom, persists, believing that handwriting is a building block to learning.
Wall Street Journal – Oct 2010 : Read Full Article »
Why Waldorf works has more to do with how the brain develops and functions optimally than Rudolf Steiner ever could have known.
By Dr. Regalena Melrose
The Magic Onion – Oct 2010 : Read Full Article »