Using Waldorf Principles to Foster Childhood Development
Foreword by Joan Almon
For twenty-five years this book has inspired those who care about children. In an age when play is valued less and less, it stands out as a reminder of why play has always been part of childhood and why we must not stand by and allow it to die out.
From the Foreword by Joan Almon Coordinator, Alliance for Childhood Past Chairperson, Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
Once again available, Children at Play can again inspire and inform! Imaginative play is more vital for a child’s future than many parents and educators realize. Children should be allowed free scope in their fantasies since it is through spontaneous creations that they gradually learn how to join the extended game of human society. The more they are allowed to be absorbed in their play, the more fully and effectively they will later take their place in the community as adults. As any parent or teacher knows, a child’s development does not follow a strictly chronological pattern and can be enhanced by concerned caregivers.
Drawing on her experiences as a mother and student of Rudolf Steiner’s system of education, author Heidi Britz-Crecelius emphasizes the different qualities of play that may extend through more than one phase of games, toys, and art supplies that further the mobility of the mind and the powers of expression without the burden that premature schooling can place on children. Offering many practical suggestions and an extensive, up-to-date list of resources for today’s families, Children at Play gives a refreshing and timely warning to a technological society concerned about the welfare of its children.