Early childhood

“We only see clearly with the heart” – or how parents become educational artists

By Andrea Unser, May 2013

Bringing up a child appears to many parents today to be a task which is hardly to be managed. Physical and psychological neglect, refusal to go to school, increasing violence among children and young people – this is what confronts us in the media each day. Endless shelves could be filled with the self-help books on “Bringing up children”. Education gurus make their way through the talk shows. While one lot demand greater strictness and disciplin, others call for a return to an idealised version of family and society. [more]

Early childhood

The seasons reconsidered

By Almuth Strehlow, March 2013

Do we need stylised fairies, trolls and dwarfs in order to regain access to nature and its elemental forces? Almuth Strehlow, lecturer at the Rudolf Steiner Institute in Kassel, thinks not. She calls for a new way to present the seasonal table. [more]

Early childhood

The breathing day of the small child

By Philipp Gelitz, January 2013

Life in a Waldorf kindergarten is strongly marked by rhythm. Activities such as baking and crafts are repeated rhythmically as are also the activities in weekly and annual rhythms. Alongside this, the course of the day with its alternation of free play and guidance as well as of playing inside and in the garden is of central importance. [more]

Early childhood

Why children need fairy tales. Neurobiological arguments for telling fairy tales

By Gerald Hüther, December 2012

Imagine that there was a magic potion which gets your child to sit still and listen attentively, which at the same time gives wings to his or her imagination and extends vocabulary, which additionally develops the capacity to put oneself in another person’s place and share their feelings, which also strengthens your child’s trust and allows him or her to look into the future with courage and confidence. Such a magic potion does, indeed, exist: it is the fairy tales which we tell or read to our children. Story lessons are the highest form of teaching. [more]

Early childhood

Atopic dermatitis – a disease of our time

By Lüder Jachens, October 2012

Increasing numbers of children and young people suffer from atopic dermatitis. There are various reasons for that: air, water and food contain greater amounts of pollutants than previously. Then there is the widespread hypervigilance and nervosity. [more]

Early childhood

The youngest in the kindergarten: a political football?

By Wolfgang Saßmannshausen, July 2012

Rebekka is two-and-a-half years old. Recently the same battle has started each morning at breakfast: she does not want to eat her slice of bread. Of course she really wants to eat it, because she is hungry. But this ritual of the battle is simply something that is part of the whole process at the moment. [more]

Early childhood

The language of play. How children play themselves to health and into life

By Maria Luisa Nüesch, Gerda Salis Gross, June 2012

The language of the heart comes to expression neither in puzzles nor computer games nor in the Olympic Games. Maria Luisa Nüesch from the Verein Spielraum-Lebensraum e.V. play association and Gerda Salis Gross, Waldorf teacher and special needs teacher for play and play research, demonstrate how children assimilate experiences in free play. [more]

Early childhood

The media and small children - or where we can find the musicians in the radio

By Philipp Gelitz, May 2012

We all know that television makes you stupid – particularly children do. But we do not take our knowledge seriously. Television is part of every-day life. “Just a bit won’t matter,” many parents tell themselves. You can’t be serious, says Waldorf child care worker Philipp Gelitz. [more]

Early childhood

Gentle wraps for children

By Elisabeth Menzel, April 2012

When little patients are ill they require gentle but at the same time effective treatment. Wraps, compresses, and massages are well suited to treating minor complaints in children. Warming ointments help for cold feet, cooling compresses are good for a fever. It is not only the preparations and methods used which have a healing effect but also the loving attention of the carer. [more]

Early childhood

Education is more than a technique, it comes close to religion

By Philipp Gelitz, February 2012

Why do small children like so much to play? Why do adults like so much to work? Because we look for a connection with the world in every phase of life; to the material world as much as to the world if ideas – to our own inner world just as much as to the social world of the “other”. But the space for the inner connection is in danger. To create it is the primary task of education. [more]

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