Living Teachers, Presence

Built on friendship

By Annette Wild, December 2017

Together with a Roma family, the architect Flavia Matei built a house from clay in barely four months in the Romanian village of Rosia. A very special relationship developed. But Flavia Matei also had to fight against a lot of things: the bad weather, deeply entrenched preconceptions, cultural differences and a strong macho culture. [more]

Early childhood, Presence

Basic gestures of life

By Claudia Grah-Wittich, December 2017

Whatever the family may look like, the important thing is to support the child’s self-determination and interpersonal abilities. [more]

Early childhood, Perspectives

Role model and imitation

By Philipp Gelitz, November 2017

A basic educational question is how children learn. School children learn in a different way from small children. The latter cannot be reached with words, admonitions and explanations. At this age the only learning that takes place is through the role model who acts on the child primarily through actions, but also through thoughts and feelings. [more]

Living Teachers, Travelling with Children

The storyteller of Bersive

By Reta Lüscher-Rieger, October 2017

Hameed Jirdo lives in the Bersive refugee camp in Kurdistan, northern Iraq. He works daily with traumatised children. Reta Lüscher-Rieger and Raphaela Ehmcke from the Friends of Waldorf Education spoke with him. [more]

Early childhood, Cultivating Leisure

The journey from kindergarten to school

By Stefanie Greubel, August 2017

Transitions are part of childhood. There is no other age at which they occur so frequently. The change from kindergarten to school is particularly incisive, also for the family. Almost one year before the actual move to school, a transition phase starts in kindergarten which is marked by numerous rituals, particular actions, but also a change in the status of the children and new challenges. [more]

Early childhood, Life's Miracle

A changing childhood or changing children?

By Elke Rüpke, May 2017

Children change along with the society in which they grow up. This becomes very apparent when you compare the children of today with the children of previous generations. But what do these changes consist of? Elke Rüpke from the Waldorf preschool teacher training seminar in Stuttgart summarises the observations of teachers at various Waldorf Schools. [more]

Living Teachers, Life's Miracle

Mr. Flo and the football

By Cornelie Unger-Leistner, Celia Schönstedt, May 2017

Ex-Waldorf pupil Florian Zech has founded a non-profit social enterprise in South Africa. [more]

Living lessons

What does mathematics have to do with chickens?

By Katrin Gerboth, April 2017

The biodynamic farm Gärtnerhof Callenberg in Coburg has recently undergone expansion, giving it more space for chickens. After the first batch of eggs hatched, and while the chicks wait to find a comfortable home, the class 5 at the Coburg Rudolf Steiner School took on the responsibility of planning a coop for them.  [more]

Living lessons

Repair, don’t throw away

By Walter Kraus, April 2017

Pupils at the Schwabing Rudolf Steiner School in Munich are learning how to repair things – with support from volunteer instructors – as well as the principles of sustainable management. [more]

Living lessons, Social Threefolding

Profit or the common good?

By Christoph Köhler, March 2017

Economics lessons critical of the system in class 12 at the Waldorf school in Prien. [more]

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