The Developing Child

The First Seven Years

Part of the Gateways Series




WECAN has produced another wonderful collection of past Gateways articles, this time focusing on child development from birth to age 7. Some of the best and most insightful experts in the field are now all gathered in one place, offering their wisdom and guidance together. I am especially pleased to see articles explaining kindergarten and first grade readiness guidelines. The Developing Child is an outstanding contribution to the world of early childhood education; and a resource that can bring a wealth of experience right into your living room or classroom.


Stages of Development in the First Seven Years

  • The Laws of Childhood – Dr. Helmut von Kügelgen
  • Stages of Development in Early Childhood – Freya Jaffke
  • The Young Child form Birth to Seven – Dennis Klocek

Birth, Infancy and the First Years of Life

  • Child Development: Conception to Birth Embryology
  • Making Sense of Uprightness – Bonnie & William RiverBento
  • The Wonder of Acquiring Speech – Dr. Michaela Glöckler
  • Movement, Gesture and Language in the Life of the Young Child – Bronja Zahlingen
  • Supporting the Development of the Human Hand – Ingun Schneider
  • Toward Human Development: The Physiological Basis of Sleep – Lisa Gromicko
  • Laying the Physical Foundation of the Consciousness Soul – Dr. Jenny Josephson

The Development of Consciousness: Imitation, Play and Learning

  • Forces of Growth and Forces of Fantasy: Understanding the Dream Consciousness of the Young Child – Dr. Michaela Glöckler
  • The Vital Role of Play in Childhood – Joan Almon
  • The Genius of Play – Sally Jenkinson
  • Understanding Imitation – Joop van Dam

Readiness for Kindergarten and School

  • Kindergarten Readiness – Dr. Elizabeth Jacobi
  • The Birth of the Etheric: Transformation of Growth Forces into Thinking Forces – Dr. Michaela Glöckler
  • First Grade Readiness – Joan Almon
  • Some Guidelines for First Grade Readiness – Nancy Foster

Compiled from articles published in the Newsletter of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America.

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