Waldorf education aims at enabling students as fully as possible to choose and to realize their individual path through life as adults, and stresses to teachers that the best way to provide meaningful support for the child is to fully comprehend the phases of child development and to bring “age-appropriate” content to the children that nourishes healthy growth. The philosophy that drives Waldorf education is one in which human possibility is seen as infinite. It places the development of the child in the focal point, convinced that the healthy individual is a prerequisite for a healthy society.
"I found Petrash's explanation of the curriculum's three-fold approach fresh and illuminating. Whether you are a parent, an educator, a policy maker, or simply a person interested in human growth and learning, read this book. You will learn how relevant education through the "head, heart, and hands" can be for our children and for the future we hope to create." — Waldorf Answers
"This book is not a “how-to” manual for Waldorf education, but more of a book meant to answer the question, “Why?” It was exactly what I was looking for." — Research Parent
From seating plans to Shakespeare, Teaching Outside the Box offers practical strategies that will help both new teachers and seasoned veterans create dynamic classroom environments where students enjoy learning and teachers enjoy teaching. This indispensable book is filled with no-nonsense advice, checklists, and handouts as well as a step-by-step plan to
There is today a widespread, deeply unsettling sense that children are changing in ways that tell us about ourselves as a society. And these changes are reflected not just in the violent extremes of teenage behavior but in the everyday speech and actions of younger children as well. Children with the most
Positive Involvement is designed to convince parents that they need to be involved in their child's learning and it is written to show them how to be both positive and effective in that involvement. As one reviewer wrote, 'The basic premise of the book is that school success is based on
When children relate what they learn to their own experience, they are interested and alive, and what they learn becomes their own.
Efforts to lead children to fullness must be concerned with helping them develop the ability to separate what they feel from what they do.
A key element that enables self-discipline to develop in a healthy way is the early formation of good habits.
The best education is one that always expects children to be active thinkers and to use their imagination to produce assignments that show originality and effort.
Through the regular work of the classroom the children develop a stronger connection with the real world.
Young people have many opinions, especially about controversial issues, and we should elicit them and show interest in what they have to say.
When you form a relationship with children and their parents over time, you share both the joys and sorrows of life.