I have been following Montessori with my son and now I am also being attracted to another alternative education philosophy – Waldorf. I like to read a lot on the topics that excite me & these days it is Waldorf. I thought this compilation would be a good resource for myself & people like me who would like to know more about Waldorf.
These are links about Waldorf education that I like to go back, read & refer. Below the hyperlinks, I have added an excerpt of the actual post.
What Are Waldorf Toys?
I will go on to explain that the kinds of toys we carry are wooden, eco-friendly and organic toys. You know, “green toys.” This gives most people a better idea, but there is so much more to it than that. Beyond simply being natural toys, what exactly makes a toy a “Waldorf toy?”
Comparision Of Montessori & Waldorf Methodologies
This comparison of Waldorf and Montessori educational philosophies is based on my personal experience as a teacher in both Montessori and Waldorf school systems. I would like to preface my remarks by stressing that there can be much difference from one classroom to another in any philosophy, due to the style and interpretation of the individual teacher
Singing Through The Day – Discovering Waldorf
Today, Melody, from Little Home Blessings, talks about song and how meaningful it can be for parents and for children. I too have been utterly amazed at how song has calmed my children and has helped them to do things they are resisting. In fact, if A Good Man wants to tease me, he often does it in a sing song voice… and I smile inwardly, knowing that Waldorf has seeped into his heart too.
Waldorf and Montessori: How do they compare?
Both Steiner and Montessori developed educational systems that were developmentally appropriate for children, and both stress a learning environment that is aesthetically pleasing. Both systems are designed to awaken the senses of the young child, and both incorporate moral development in their curriculum. Both philosophies discourage television for young children and consider it to be detrimental to the child’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. Both philosophies also value the concept of students having the same teacher for several years. There are many differences in the “methods” of the two philosophies.
Why is handwork considered so vital? It is patently obvious that handwork can nourish artistic sensibilities, bring practical skills, and reinforce numeracy. But how does it affect learning?
Early Childhood In Waldorf – List Of Articles (The Waldorf School Of Philadelphia)
A bunch of articles on early childhood in Waldorf environment.
A beautiful series of so many articles covering different aspects of Waldorf philosophy. A great starting point for Waldorf.
Waldorf alphabet books are read to a young child to engage the imagination and bring the ABC’s to life. The fairy tale like stories will help a child develop an intimate relationship with each letter of the alphabet.
Waldorf educators believe that it is important to develop the imagination before reading is introduced. The first part of this exploration takes place through rhymes, poems, and stories like those found below.
It is believed that reading these beautiful books and magical tales will help unlock the keys to the written word and prepare a child to read.
DIY Waldorf Square Puzzle
Both children and adults can exercise their geometric and spatial thinking while tinkering with this puzzle’s 3-dimensional pieces. Many variations of shapes, colors, and patterns are possible.
They are the perfect STEAM toy to leave out on tables and desks to invite creative play.
Play is the most important work of early childhood. Children begin to understand the world around them through movement and play. As parents and caregivers, we must provide play environments that allow children to discover the world at their own pace.
The Waldorf Steiner education practices hands on learning activities, while providing a lovely natural environment perfectly suited for creative play. That is one of the things that really draws me into loving Waldorf. Here you will find open ended toys and beautiful items that your children will enjoy for years to come.