Working with Children

What Is a Waldorf Kindergarten? 2nd Edition

compiled and introduced by Sharifa Oppenheimer


Many color photos


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From Nancy:

What a joy this book is! It has been several years since the only book that had actual photos and descriptions of daily life in a Waldorf kindergarten went out of print--and the loss as been palpable. This beautiful little book fills that gap in a wonderful way and goes even further in describing the goals and ways of kindergarten education within the Waldorf approach. I am so happy that this book has found its way into print, and am confident that it will find its way into the hearts of parents and teachers and emerge as beautiful environments in which young children will grow and be glad.

Through a compilation of articles originally published in various WECAN newsletters, we adults are invited into the life of the kindergarten, and into a deeper understanding of the rhymes and reasons for things being as they are. Each step of the way, we are also treated to photos that make clear what is being spoken about, and empower us to go forth and do likewise. Prepare to enter the world of delight and wonder!

From the Publisher:
"Baking, washing, sweeping, mending, singing, painting! Imagine the scent of bread baking, the warm sudsy water for washing the dishes, the muscle power of sweeping, the fine eye-hand coordination of mending and sewing. Imagine the visual education in the dancing watercolors. And if you have had the great pleasure of sitting in the midst of children’s creative, imaginative play, you will know the happy sound at the heart of this beehive of activity.

All this beauty given to the children is 'nutritional.' Their senses are stimulated, and through free movement and imitation of the adult the experience is digested. It then becomes their own, nourishing their growth toward freedom." —Sharifa Oppenheimer

Research shows that three essentials are necessary for the young child's learning: a broad palette of sensory experience, vigorous and fine movement in response to sensory input, and the opportunity to imitate what the child sees modeled in the environment. These activities are the backbone of the academic foundation that parents look for in an early childhood program.

What Is a Waldorf Kindergarten? includes chapters on the typical day in a kindergarten, handwork, human development through art, circle time, fairy tales, seasons and festivals, and much more. This collection of insightful articles by experienced early-childhood educators brings both an overview and a deeper understanding of these essentials at work in the daily life of the Waldorf kindergarten.


Foreword by Joan Almon

Part One: An Overview of the Waldorf Kindergarten

  • Introductions by Sharifa Oppenheimer
  • "A Day in the Life of the Kindergarten" by Ingeborg Schöttner
  • "Handwork in the Kindergarten" by Dora Dolder
  • "Human Development through Art" by Freya Jaffke
  • "Circle Time in the Kindergarten" by Nancy Foster
  • "Fairy Tales and the Image of the Human Being" by Helmut von Kügelglen
  • "Choosing Fairy Tales for Different Ages" by Joan Almon
  • "The Seasons and Their Festivals" by Joan Almon

Part Two: A Deeper Understanding of the Waldorf Kindergarten Introductions by Sharifa Oppenheimer

  • "Stages of Development in Early Childhood" by Freya Jaffke
  • "Kindergarten Education with Mixed-Age Groups" by Freya Jaffke
  • "The Significance of Imitation in the Development of the Will" by Freya Jaffke
  • "Considerations about Kindergarten Readiness" by Joan Almon
  • Afterword: “Meeting the Needs of the Times" by Cynthia K. Aldinger


This edition replaces the first edition.

This content was originally published in the two volumes, Overview of the Waldorf Kindergarten and A Deeper Understanding of the Waldorf Kindergarten--still available as set for a special price: Waldorf Kindergarten Special

112 pages, 7.5" x 9", 2015

The Creative Word

The Young Child's Experience of Language and Stories

Daniel Udo de Haes



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In this small book, we embark on a fascinating journey into the consciousness of the very young child. Toddlers need our understanding and support as they make the great transition from wordless communion with the world to encountering people and things through human language. Out of his wisdom and experience, Dutch educator Daniel Udo de Haes brings guidance in how to gently and sensitively help children through this transition.

On the Play of the Child

Indications by Rudolf Steiner for Working with Young Children

Selected and edited by Freya Jaffke

2nd English Edition



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This new edition combines two resources that came into being just before and after the international gathering of Waldorf early childhood educators in Dornach, Switzerland in 2005. In On the Play of the Child, Freya Jaffke compiled statements by Rudolf Steiner about play and related topics, to serve as study material for the conference. Playing, Learning, Meeting the Other collects five of the lectures that were given at the 2005 conference, around the themes of play, development and learning, and the all-important encounter with the other. Together, they provide important insights that can inspire and inform our work with young children.

The Journey of the 'I' into Life

A Final Destination or a Path Toward Freedom?

Edited by Nancy Blanning

Lectures from the 2012 International Waldorf Early Childhood Conference at the Goetheanum



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The Journey of the "I" into Life presents us with the notes and transcripts of gleaned from five lectures given in 2012 by medical doctors, early childhood educators and a consulting Waldorf class teacher.  It is a rare combination of crystal clear thought and facts presented through hearts filled with warmth and love.  I have seldom been as moved as I was to read these lectures, and felt my understanding of human development was not just enhanced, but very much deepened as well.  It is hard to convey in just this bit of writing, but there was something so poignant and wonderful about being able, for instance, to see the photographs of the progression of development of human synapses from 0 to 3 years.  Combined with the thoughts being expressed by the lecturer (in this case, Dr. Michaela Glöckler), I found myself in the presence of a process that is in and of itself miraculous: it is a miracle that such development is possible, and a wonder that with it's indescribable fragility and mutability it most often leads to the emergence of fully capable adult human beings.

This little book in its entirety is filled to the brim with moments and revelations like this one.  I would wish that everyone be allowed to encounter what it contains.

Childhood Falls Silent

The loss of speech and how we need to foster speaking and communication in the electronic age

Rainer Patzlaff

Translated by J. Collis

Saddle-stitched pamphlet


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I believe this is one of the most significant articles on what is becoming the true crisis of our time, namely that as each generation comes forth, more and more cultural skills are being lost.  Cultural skills are the things we all take for granted in our dealings with other people, things like reading, writing, basic cultural literacy in terms of shared education and background.  That is, we used to take them for granted.  Now, it seems that each person presents a new puzzle as to which cultural skills they bring with them and which they do not.  And what skills they may have that are no longer honored or used in modern contexts.

What has become clear to anyone who has been watching the trend lines in education in the Western world is that these basic skills are slipping away - reading and writing are at much lower levels than they were even 20 years ago, and compared to 150 years ago, well, it's just sad how very much we've lost in the way of vocabulary, grammar, and ability to write.

As if that weren't enough, there is now serious evidence that the most fundamental means of communication is also slipping down the cultural slope:  speaking and the ability to communicate to others with speech is showing signs of alarming deterioration with each class of children that enters school.  A large part of the reason for this devolution, though not the only factor I would hasten to say, is the increasing exposure of very young children to electronic media, recorded voices, electronically amplified voices, etc.   Rainer Patzlaff has addressed this issue beautifully, citing not only sound documentation and studies, but offering both by example and by inference a solid picture of why each part of the Waldorf curriculum stands athwart this terrible trend and gives our children what they need to move forward in our culture.

The 18 pages of Childhood Falls Silent are some of the most important reading you may ever do.  I hope  that everyone who buys a copy shares it with every friend they have.  It is not a given by any means that cultural skills, once lost, can be easily restored.  Quite the opposite, historically.   And yet, there is a solution and it is elucidated in this little booklet: human speech spoken clearly by adults, stories that are complex and spoken, movement training that mimics the movements of voice and music, art training that allows things heard to take imaginative form, drama.  In short, those things that are housed within the world of Waldorf education, whether in the classroom or at home.

The Child from Birth to Three in Waldorf Education and Child Care

Rainer Patzlaff, Claudia McKeen, Ina von Mackensen, Claudia Grah-Wittich

Translated from German by Margot M. Saar


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This is another book that I, for one, have been hoping to see for nearly 30 years.  It covers a topic that is vital to the health of our children in this time, that of Waldorf childcare for the very young.  And, it covers it beautifully and thoroughly, with dozens of wonderful color photos from actual Waldorf nurseries.  If you have a young child or want to work with young children, my opinion is that this book is essential, happy, joyous reading.


  • Introduction by Susan Howard
  • Educational Foundations and Objectives
    • Focusing on the individuality
    • Development through metamorphosis
    • Salutogenesis and Waldorf education
    • The special nature of learning in early childhood
  • Supporting Development in Early Childhood
    • Conception, pregnancy and birth
    • The first year: achieving uprightness and learning to walk
    • The second year: learning to speak
    • The third year: I-awareness and thinking awaken
    • The child's invisible helpers
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
    • Establishing the relationship - the foundation of early childhood care
    • Free movement and independent play
    • The environment
    • Rhythm and rituals
  • Conditions for Infant and Toddler Child Care
    • The impulse behind Waldorf early childhood education
    • Standards of care for children under the age of three
    • Basic and advanced training
    • Rooms, furnishings and equipment
    • Legal and financial aspects
    • Quality assurance and collegial work
    • Working with the parents
    • Waorking with physicians, therapists and early childhood development specialists
    • Working with kindergarten and school
    • Social integration
    • Starting a birth-to-three program within an existing institution
  • Appendix: Quality criteria for day care centers with children under the age of three
  • English-language Resource List
  • Bibliography from the German Edition
  • About the authors

From Kindergarten into the Grades

Insights from Rudolf Steiner

Selected and edited by Ruth Ker



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In going through this outstanding collection of Rudolf Steiner's thoughts and observations of 6-7 year old children, I was struck at almost every page with how extremely practical his suggestions are, and how very clearly insightful he was.

This gathering of Steiner's thoughts about children at this age can serve parents, teachers, and caregivers in so very many ways: as a quick resource of useful suggestions as to how to help children through "bumpy times;" as an enriching account of the lives of children during this transition period; as food for thought as we find our own way with the very unique children in our care; as a bellweather indicator of how much and how little has changed in the 100 or so years since Steiner penned and spoke these words.

Ruth Ker is to be highly commended for her wisdom and discernment in the excerpts she has chosen to present.  Her compilation is masterful, its potential to help the world's children beyond reckoning.

Recommended without reservation!

Supporting Self-Directed Play

in Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education

Renate Long-Breipohl

Photographs by Paulene Hanna and Sandra Busch



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Reading Supporting Self-Directed Play is like watching blossoms burst open across the landscape in spring.  There is so much beauty, so much life , so much love on every page that the book opens the heart as it informs the mind and inspires the hands.

One of the most difficult things that I've found to do is to try to describe the life of a Waldorf kindergarten to someone who's never seen it.  Somehow, no matter how accurate my (or anyone else's) words might be, the essence has never seemed to convey what I had witnessed.  Now, here is a book that makes it clear what is so very special, so perfect for young children about a Waldorf kindergarten.

The color photos are paired beautifully with a descriptive text that really does lead you into the kindergarten at play time.  Here, in one small book, is support for anyone who wants to make the day bloom for children.  Here, too, is support for anyone who may have wondered why such an environment is so important to the health and future life of a growing human being.

Supporting Self-Directed Play is a healing drop of sanity, of beauty, truth and goodness, that I know will spread it's ripples of life and love throughout the world.

First Grade Readiness

Resources, Insights, and Tools for Waldorf Educators

Nancy Blanning, Editor

Spiral Bound


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Some history first:

In my more than 30 years involvement with Waldorf Education, I have not encountered a topic that generated more interest, anxiety, misunderstanding and bewilderment than the question of what really constitutes first grade readiness in a child.

In the early days, there was a tendency for educators to draw a line in the sand in relation to a child's age. Which line it was varied from school to school ("must be age 7," "must turn 7 in the first semester," "must turn 7 by the end of summer" and so forth). There was also "must have begun the change of teeth."

Of course, all of this missed a couple of very important points. The first was that Rudolf Steiner never once said that children are ready to learn to read "at age 7." What he said was that "sometime during the 7th year" they become ready - this means anytime after the 6th birthday, not after the 7th birthday. Then, there is the modern fact that (in my opinion) our lives have created conditions wherein child development has become a bit chaotic: children can begin to lose their teeth at, say, 4 years old, but don't seem to mature mentally so far as grammar school readiness is concerned until 7 or 8 years of age. While there are beautiful ways to pull this development together, it did leave the adults in a predicament of not knowing where to look for criteria that would offer the child the best possibilities of sound education.

Later on, there were a variety of coordination and drawing criteria that were sometimes applied, but understood by only a few and contested by others. Given that each school (and sometimes each teacher) had different requirements and assessments, it's small wonder that parents often looked at the process as arbitrary and poorly substantiated, regardless of everyone's best intentions.

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Happily, all of this is changing through more research and broader understandings of child development needs. I have recently seen in the mainstream press many articles on the needs of young children that would have been at home only in a Waldorf school 30 years ago. And, with increased knowledge and awareness, it has become possible for a true flowering of understanding to arise within the Waldorf movement.

It is a flowering of understanding that Nancy Blanning has brought together in First Grade Readiness. This book is packed with the most comprehensive, detailed, sound and wholesome guidance about what first grade readiness really is and what teachers and parents should look for when considering whether or not a given child is ready to move into the world of abstract learning.

First Grade Readiness is both healing and inspiring. My feeling is that both educators and parents will be heard to sigh with warm relief upon reading it, it offers so much loving common sense and light-filled wisdom.

Read it, use it, share it.


  • Foreword
  • Part One
    • Reflections on First Grade Readiness - Nancy Blanning
    • First Grade Readiness - Joan Almon
    • Some Guidelines for First Grade Readiness - Nancy Foster
    • School Readiness: A School Doctor's Perspective - Bettina Lohn, MSc
    • What are the signs that my child is ready for school? - Michaela Glöckler, MD and Wolfgang Goebel, MD
    • The Transition to Elementary School Learning: When is the right time?
    • School Entry and the Consolidation of Developmental Processes - Audrey E McAllen
    • The Development of Memory and the Transformation of Play - Louise deForest
    • Creating Partnerships with Parents in First Grade Readiness Decisions - Ruth Ker
    • Carrying the Transition to First Grade - Janet Klaar
    • A Transition Group at the Edinburgh Steiner School - Melissa Borden
    • Building the Bridge to the First Grade: How a Class Teacher Can Lead Children Gently into the Grade School - Kim Holscher
    • The Lowering of School Age and the Changes in Childhood: An Interim Report - Claudia McKeen, MD; Rainer Patzlaff; Martyn Rawson
  • Part Two
    • Introduction
    • Developing Our Observation Skills for Understanding First Grade Readiness - Ruth Ker
    • The Red Queen: A First Grade Assessment Story - Valerie Poplawski, Celia Riahi, and Randi Stein First Grade Assessment Form
    • The Red Queen Materials List
    • Reverence List for The Red Queen
    • A Therapeutic Educator's Approach: Keeping It Imaginative and Playfully Objective - Nancy Blanning First Grade Readiness Observation Form
    • Equipment List
    • Activities to Support Healthy Sensory Development
    • Observation Forms for the Documentation of Development and Learning Observation Form for Early Childhood Educators
    • Contributors

Childhood's Garden

Shaping Everyday Life around the Needs of Young Children

Helle Heckmann

Book and DVD



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I have been basking in the glow of both the film and book that are Childhood's Garden every since reviewing them. My, oh my, what goodness lies within!

First, about the film presented on the DVD: amazing, warm, wonderful, inspiring - I could go on and on with superlatives. The more people who can see it, the better for the world.

The filmmakers managed to blend into the background so well that the children simply go about their day as though they aren't there. And what a day it is! Helle Heckmann has created a true garden for young children (Nokken): they spend 5 hours of their 8 hour day outdoors, rain or shine (this was a summer day - she doesn't mention in the film what they do on truly frigid winter days). They are given the freedom to imitate the work of the garden and more as their child's heart. The little ones (ages 1-3) take naps in specially made cribs that are also outdoors - this is a Danish tradition which I believe should be looked at closely in other parts of the world where it may also benefit children who spend so much of their life indoors.

Nokken offers the children a midday meal which is made from biodynamic grains, vegetables, oils and syrups. The diet has been chosen to provide the children with types of food they are unlikely to receive at home, thus effecting and overall balance in their diets. I'm a bit less certain as to whether her diet would be effective in balancing children's food intake in the US, as my observation in Waldorf kindergartens has been that many of the parents already eat in similar ways and that offering more of the same might prove to create an overall imbalance. However, this, too, should be examined closely -- Helle's approach is sound and beautiful, but her exact solutions for her area may or may not translate well in other situations. Nonetheless, her food is highly nutritious and looked so good I found myself getting hungry just watching the children eat.

In the small book that comes with it, Helle Heckmann expands on things seen in the movie, but not necessarily described in depth. You'll learn more about the thinking and feeling that has gone into every detail of the life she and her coworkers have created for the children in their care. It is packed, simply packed with valuable ideas that carry so much inspiration that I am confident they will live and grow in this world of ours.

Childhood's Garden is one of the most significant, beautiful, healing works to have emerged in the field of early childhood education. Please watch the DVD (invite your friends, make popcorn!), talk about it, read the book - this is must see/read material!

Creating a Home for Body, Soul, and Spirit

A New Approach to Childcare

Bernadette Raichle



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Creating a Home for Body, Soul, and Spirit answers with beauty and love the needs of children everywhere, and conveys a joyous hope to all adults how care for those children.

Because she took seriously the fact that many homes require the parent(s) to work away from their young children, and because she has such a great love for children and our world, she created one of the most beautiful and life-giving childcare centers anywhere.

In Creating a Home, she shares not only pictures of the life of Awhina (her center), but something more: she goes on to relate clear the developmental needs of the fourfold human being and in the most practical terms discusses how it is that caregivers can meet them within young children. Her's is a stirring, heartwarming account that is at the same time clear and deep.

Anyone who cares for children, particularly other people's children, will want to read this book and commit its wisdom to heart. I truly believe that the future will smile in return.

You're Not the Boss of Me!

Understanding the Six/Seven-Year-Old Transformation

Ruth Ker, Editor

Spiral Bound


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There are few parents and, I think, no kindergarten teachers who have not heard the title of this book shouted at them in fury by children between five and seven years old. In fact, some of us can remember, however dimly, our own frustrated rage as we ourselves shouted these words when we were that age. Perhaps there's something on the human genome that over the millenia has imprinted "You're not the boss of me!" as the iconic phrase human beings must utter before leaving their infancy behind.

Of course, in the face of this imperative resistance, we adult teachers and parents are often left perplexed and frustrated ourselves. When the subject was raised at a WECAN conference, it was joined with such acclamation that a work group was formed to explore the phenomenon and ways of helping children move positively across this threshold.

The result is You're Not the Boss of Me! - a collection of articles and excerpts by kindergarten teachers, sensory integration experts, and medical doctors. It is wonderful! Teachers in schools and home schools will find so much to help them meet the needs of the six-to-seven-year-olds as they also find ways to take joy in those children who stand at this threshold. Parents can gain new understanding and lots and lots of friendly help and highly useful advice.

Thank you to the WECAN work group for bringing us such a needed book!!

In a Nutshell

Dialogues with Parents at Acorn Hill, A Waldorf Kindergarten

Nancy Foster



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What an absolutely wonderful book! Nancy Foster has not only given us great explanation of just about everything parents new to Waldorf education ever wonder about, but she has gone on to give some of the best parenting advice ever written down. In other words, she has poured over 30 years experience as a Waldorf kindergarten teacher into the most concise, readable and useful wee book every printed on the subject teaching and parenting young children. This is a genuinely must-have book for anyone working with or raising young children.

Table of Contents:

Our Classroom Environment

  • Color in the Classroom
  • Why Curtains?
  • Teachers' Dress
  • The Significance of Candles
  • Naming the Teacher
  • No Cars and Trucks?
  • What about Puzzles?
  • Musical Instruments in the Classroom

Work and Play at School

  • The Rhythm of the Morning
  • Saying "You may . . . "
  • Ironing in the Classroom: Danger?
  • Boys and Waldorf Education
  • Playing Cats and Dogs
  • Music in the Mood of the Fifth
  • Can Energetic Boys Enjoy Handwork?
  • Gun Play at School
  • Field Trips?
  • Fairy Tales for Young Children
  • The Challenge of Circle Time
  • Puppetry and "Told" Stories

Children at Home

  • Colors for a Child's Bedroom
  • Older and Younger Siblings
  • Boredom
  • Telephone
  • Bedtime Ritual
  • Feeding a Child
  • Swords vs. Guns
  • TV Away from Home
  • Barbie
  • Forbidden Words?
  • Appropriate Gifts
  • "What did you learn in school today?"
  • Toys in the Neighborhood
  • Helping Children in a Time of Trouble - A Few Thoughts
  • Is the World a Good Place?

Nurturing Children and Families

One Model of a Parent/Child Program in a Waldorf School

Sarah Baldwin



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Sarah Baldwin has created a beautiful portrait of the grace that a Waldorf parent/child program can be -- for the parents, the children and the entire community. She writes from her heart, from her considerable knowledge of children and families, and from her experience leading the Ashwood School's Parent/Child Class. The result is a book that covers all the bases, from why to have such a class at all, to what sort of qualities a parent/child teacher needs, to a detailed description of the rhythms of day and season in her own class. In addition, about half the book is devoted to discussion about parent education, space, publicity, festivals, field trips, birthdays and more. Finally, there are brief descriptions of other Parent/Child classes at other schools.

All in all, this is a beautiful, delicious resource -- one which will inspire and guide anyone interested in young children, families and the fostering of healthy community. Like a small seed on fertile soil, I can see this book growing beyond its covers until it shares its harvest with all who pass by.

The Young Child in the World Today

Part of the Gateways Series



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Wonderful! Some of the best articles published by Gateways on some of the most pressing concerns of the day.

Topics covered include new health problems of children and youth, sexual abuse of children, ADHD, violence and electronic media, TV and ADD, virtual reality and the child's growing mind, and child development and television.

Putting all these article inside one cover is a great idea - thank you, WECAN!

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

Working with the Angels

The Young Child and the Spiritual World

Part of the Gateways Series



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Working with the Angels is clearly the result of intense, deep, sustained love: the love of each article's author for children and the world; the love of those responsible for publishing each article in its turn over the years; the love of the current editors in gathering all these remarkable insights and experiences together in one place; and, of course, the love of the angels for us.

This is a collection that is almost palpably alive with love and with love's possibilities. And with that, I'm going to let the contents speak for themselves:

Working with the Angels

  • Working with the Angels, Archangels and Archai - Helmut von Kügelgen
  • Conversation about Angels and Human Beings - Helmut von Kügelgen
  • Finding a Connection to the World of the Angels - Helmut von Kügelgen
  • The Meaning of Angels in Education and Self-Education - Michaela Glöckler, M.D.

The Destiny of the Child in Our Times

  • Working with the Karma of the Young Child - Margaret Meyerkort
  • Walking and the Incarnation of Destiny - Joan Almon
  • Continuing the Work of the Hierarchies - Werner Glas
  • Early Childhood and the Consciousness Soul - Joan Almon
  • Threshold Experiences of Children and Adults - Helmut von Kügelgen
  • Religion of the Young Child - Elizabeth Moore-Haas

The Gateway of Birth - the Sistine Madonna

  • Raphael's Sistine Madonna - Is It Approriate in the Kindergarten? - René Querido
  • The Sistine Madonna in the Waldorf Kindergarten - Joan Almon
  • The Sistine Madonna - Symbol of the Eternal in Humanity - Rudolf Steiner

The Gateway of Death - Working with Death in the Kindergarten

  • After-Death Care in the Home - Beth Knox
  • Helping Children in a Time of Trouble - Nancy Foster
  • Helping Our Children and Loved Ones at the Threshold of Death - Nancy Jewel Poer
  • A Festival for a Threshold Crossing - Patricia Owens
  • Birth into the spiritual World - Nancy Blanning
  • A Story for Mia - Louise de Forest
  • Grandma's Dream - Sheila Rubin
  • For Anastasia and Her Dear Grandmother - Cynthia Aldinger

The Inner Path

  • Self-Development as a Basis for the Relationship Between the Child and the Adult - Michaela Glöckler, M.D.
  • Through the Eye of the Needle - Felicitas Vogt
  • The Path of Inner Schooling - Jorgen Smit
  • The Spiritual Foundations of Waldorf Education - Michaela Glöckler, M.D.

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

The Developing Child

The First Seven Years

Part of the Gateways Series




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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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