Waldorf principles:

Philosophy

About Waldorf Education Rudolf Steiner (1861 -1925) founded the Waldorf school and the philosophy of anthroposophy which Waldorf pedagogy is based on. The Waldorf Educational Curriculum spans early childhood through high school. The uniqueness of the early childhood curriculum is based on the pedagogical view that children in early childhood have a unique capacity for creativity. They learn best through ‘doing’ activities, activities that engage their ‘will’. This rich capacity to focus on ‘creative doing’ will in later years turn into the capacity for purposeful work.
Steiner realized long ago the importance of rich, imaginative play in a child’s life. A Waldorf program offers “toys” to children that are made of natural materials and are simple enough to allow room for a child’s imagination to be active. For More information please visit: www.whywaldorfworks.org


Rhythm

All life thrives on rhythm and routine. The sun rises and sets, the tides ebb and flow, the earth travels on its course through the seasons.
Children are carried along by the rhythms of the world they live in, from the rhythms of breathing in and out to the daily routines of eating, sleeping, and waking. Children benefit when their daily activities are structured according to a daily schedule which remains the same, with a few small variations. In our school day there are periods of activity and rest, which create a healthy flow of activity. Transitions are often accompanied by a song or rhyme that tells the children what to expect next. Just as children are carried along by the regular rhythm of the school day, they are also  supported by established routines at home. We strongly encourage you to establish set meal times and bedtimes. It is very important for the young child to go to bed at the same time each night. We recommend that bedtime be no later than 7:30 – 8:00 p.m.

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