“The three stages in the child’s development are usually not granted enough importance, yet they more or less determine the whole manner in which the child can become a human being inhabiting the Earth”
~ Rudolf Steiner
Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy 2
Steiner presents to us the idea of seven-year periods of child development, the well known early years, the years between the change of teeth and puberty and the years of adolescence. He taught in his lectures that each of these phases of development must be completed before the next one is awakened if we are to build a strong foundation for our children’s capacities.
A look inside Montessori & Our Program inspired by Waldorf Education
For many parents choosing the school their child attends is a conversation that happens even before conception. It factors into where they choose to live, how much money they need to make and how many children they have.
Education for the whole child
Maria Montessori and Rudolf Steiner both had a strong sense of societal reform built into the content they were teaching. They believe in developing the whole child, teaching children to think for themselves and, above all, showing them how to avoid violence. These are beautiful ideals which will help build a better world for the future.
Rudolph Steiner and Maria Montessori both believed in the importance of childhood and in protecting children from the stress facing adults.
Child Development Focused
Each use curricula which are developmentally appropriate and have based their education on the needs of children and not on governmental curriculum. Read more
One of the things I have learned in my life is that I build strong connections and associations to information I take in while I am doing a simple task with my hands. The strongest example of this I have is that I learn new songs while I wash dishes and chop vegetables. I copy out lyrics by hand and then tack them near my kitchen sink where I can easily glance up at them until I learn them by heart. Read more
Many people have commented on the hat my son is always wearing. They say it is beautiful, ask if I knit it or are surprised when they see how bald my baby is for the first time. His lack of hair is not why he is always wearing a hat nor is it the reason he has no hair, all of my children have been rather bald in the beginning. No the reason my son always wears a hat is because I am doing what I can to ensure he reaches his full potential.
If this sounds odd or you are unsure how wearing a hat contributes to human development then read on. Read more
“You will not be good teachers if you focus only
on what you do and not upon who you are.”
― Rudolf Steiner
As parents our role in our child’s lives is to provide a structure in which they can feel confident and secure about their place in the world. It is up to us to create an environment in which our children see us as a loving-authority. We have all become frustrated with our children from time to time, however when we are impatient or short tempered with our children we are failing to provide them with the security they need to develop fully. The path of parenting is one of growth.