An Introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood Education
July 8 - July 12, 2024
Kris Hughes, Michelle Brooks
The future of humanity depends on children receiving health-giving experiences in childhood, on children being given the opportunity to experience loving guidance that will in turn bring joy, wonder and reverence and as healthy development into children’s lives. And yet the most essential aspect in Waldorf education is the inner attitude of the educator who is the imitated by the child.
Join a week long exploration of the inner and outer artistic and practical activities of a Waldorf teacher working in Waldorf nursery-kindergartens, home care programs, childcare centers, parent-child programs and other settings.
Through the week we will begin to explore:
The unfolding development of the child from pre-birth to seven
The development of loving interest for the child
How to encourage self-initiated play
The Four foundational senses
Development of real rather than virtual experiences to support healthy relationship to the world.
Artistic activities that foster the healthy development of imagination and creativity.
Meaningful practical work giving opportunities to develop human capacities.
Rhythms through the day, week and year including festivals
Development of healthy social relationships among parents, teachers and children.
Inner work of the teacher
All these themes will come to life through presentations, experiential activities, and conversations.