Waldorf Early Childhood Care.

What is Waldorf Education?
Waldorf education, alternatively known also as Steiner education, places the development of the head, the hands and the heart at the center of its daily program. The child is seen as the growing human being of body, soul and spirit that must be given the environment to develop the capacities of thinking, feeling, and willing.

Rising out of the indications of Austrian scientist and social thinker Rudolf Steiner (1861 to 1925), Waldorf early childhood care places great emphasis on creative play, imitation and rhythm in the context of the child’s own stage of development. The capacity for serious academic work and thinking in formal school is first nurtured through healthy play and artistic learning at the Daycare in preparation for the kindergarten and lower school. Children are encouraged to learn in awe and wonder about the world around them.
The activities of children in kindergarten must be derived directly from life itself rather than being “thought out” by the intellectualized culture of adults. In the kindergarten, the most important thing is to give children the opportunity to directly imitate life itself.Rudolf Steiner

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