Birth and Spirit

When Christmas really no longer exists

By Alexandra Handwerk, March 2021

What to do when young people can no longer be bothered with Christmas trees, church and carol singing? [more]

Publisher's View, Birth and Spirit

The hamster wheel at rest

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, March 2021

For centuries, life in our latitudes was shaped by the recurring change of the four seasons. [more]

Living lessons, Birth and Spirit

Does Joseph belong in the Nativity scene?

By Thomas Peek, March 2021

Every year at Advent, class teachers are faced with the challenge of creating a suitable Christmas blackboard drawing for their class. While younger children prefer to discover and name the contents of the picture, middle school pupils also want to comment on it and if possible even help to create it. If the Christmas blackboard drawing is created over several days in smaller work steps, many suggestions from pupils can be incorporated. This provides the class with opportunities for very personal conversations. Experience shows that these dialogues can touch on depths in children and young people that are otherwise not touched upon in any of the main lessons provided for in the curriculum. [more]

Birth and Spirit, Waldorf worldwide

A hospital turned Waldorf school. The Markgräflerland project in Portugal

By Pedro Miguel et al., March 2021

It was a very special step for our “Olive Tree School” in Figueira on the Algarve: after careful consideration and planning, we decided to expand our school from classes 1 to 6 to classes 1 to 8. [more]

Series, Birth and Spirit

“Parent work” – from the class teacher’s perspective

By Semjon Schmidt-Rüdt, March 2021

What actually is “parent work”? How does it become apparent and what role does the teacher play in it? An overview of this essential task is given by a class teacher of 20 years’ standing. [more]

Editorial

Between appearance and reality

By Mathias Maurer, March 2021

We were sitting at our evening meal. A time to talk about what occupied us during the day. [more]

It sings and sounds

The inner dancer

By Stephan Ronner, February 2021

Music as the mother tongue of human beings communicates beyond all conceptual languages – from the hearts of those who are singing directly to the hearts of those who listen and resonate with them. It is the mission of the musical life in upper school to let people experience something of this. Everyone should experience and try out how far their own musical wings can carry them, how far they are able to reach out and touch others emotionally – not verbally. [more]

It sings and sounds

On the way to the musical contemporary

By Barbara Kern, Holger Kern, February 2021

Great minds of the past have sought to find out what binds the world together at its core. Should we not also seek to discover what moves the world at its core; what stimulates the human being and what would like to break fresh ground into the future? [more]

It sings and sounds

Singing in Waldorf schools in the time of coronavirus

By Solveig Jungclaussen, February 2021

Singing together is an ancient tradition among all peoples and on all continents. It forms part of rituals, religion and community. Today we are permanently surrounded by music. Yet despite the many amateur choirs and innumerable projects for children, there is less and less singing in our society. Even before the coronavirus outbreak, singing was in a difficult position. There is increasingly less music-making at home in the family, confidence in our own voice cannot be developed and so the self-assurance in leading and demonstrating a song is missing also among teachers. [more]

It sings and sounds

Singing in lower school – a practice report

By Laura Koelmans, February 2021

When one walks through the corridors of our Amsterdam Waldorf school in the mornings, one can hear children’s voices singing in each one. It is one of the most exhilarating aspects of our work: that the school resounds with music. “The songs have penetrated into the walls of the building,” said one colleague as we bade farewell to a respected class teacher on her retirement who had for several decades taken care of singing and music in our school. [more]

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