Living Teachers, Forgiveness

Benjamin Büche and his angel

By Johannes Greiner, February 2018

Benjamin Büche triggered an avalanche as he was skiing down the Mittagskogel which carried him 700 metres down a rocky mountainside. [more]

Early childhood, Forgiveness

Children’s drawings. A window to the world of life forces

By Raphaela Tampe, February 2018

Children’s drawings tell the story of how children unconsciously move into their body. In drawing, the small child expresses a feeling of those forces which are active in forming the body in the first seven years. Rudolf Steiner calls these biological growth forces life or etheric forces. They build, form and penetrate the physical body and the drawings of the small child are an expression of these forces. [more]

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]

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