Early childhood

In the beginning there is misunderstanding

By Elke Rüpke, March 2015

What parents and early years teachers can contribute to children developing an age-appropriate relationship with sexuality is illustrated by Elke Rüpke, a lecturer at the Waldorf Early Years Teacher Training Seminar, in this contribution. That includes not just good and honest concepts, an examination of our own attitudes, and permitting doctors and nurses games, but also stories which make the questions of the child accessible through images. [more]

Early childhood

The seven life processes. Foundations of learning

By Philipp Gelitz, February 2015

How are the life functions such as breathing or nutrition connected with attentiveness or interest? Learning in school is based on physical prerequisites. Some comments on a central thought of Waldorf education. [more]

Early childhood

Children need anchors

By Barbara Leineweber, January 2015

Society may have changed, but the needs of the child have remained the same. [more]

Living lessons

Digital main lesson books

By Franz Peter Waritsch, January 2015

Technical inventions have always been an enticing and successful business for the Swedes. Matches, ball bearings, Tetra Pak, dynamite, battery operated cardiac pacemakers and computer mice have changed day-to-day life all over the world. Sweden also has the edge when it comes to the field of telecommunications. A new boom came along with the Internet. Fibre-optic cables have been adopted by households everywhere. In 2010, 92 percent of the population made use of the Internet. This development held implications for schools. In Göteborg digital main lesson books have been developed. [more]

Early childhood

Learning requires a counterpart. How to deal properly with imitation

By Karl-Reinhard Kummer, December 2014

Picture the scene in a Waldorf kindergarten: after outside play in the sand pit, the kindergarten teacher takes a three-year-old by the hand and starts to sing: “Come along, come along!” Another child takes the first child’s hand and so on until finally all the children follow the teacher inside, hand-in-hand.  [more]

Living Teachers

Prison was the turning point

By Mathias Maurer, December 2014

Helmy Abouleish, son of the winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize and SEKEM founder Ibrahim Abouleish, is CEO of the SEKEM group in Egypt with more than 2,000 employees. He was charged with having given preferential treatment to SEKEM firms in allocating EU money and having collaborated with the “old” system of Hosni Mubarak. In order to avoid the arbitrary actions of the court, he obtained his release through a settlement. Nevertheless, in 2011 Abouleish spent a hundred days in the notorious Torah prison in Cairo. There he experienced an unexpected turning point. [more]

Early childhood

Neglect with baubles on

September 2014

Albert Wunsch, education researcher and psychologist, has caused controversy equally among parents and in the media with his books, lectures and interviews. What happens when love turns into surveillance and caring leads to lack of independence? How can we create the necessary free space? [more]

Living Teachers

Electric rebel and terracotta soldier

By Holger Grebe, September 2014

Noncompliance, Short Circuit, Sponger or First Mud are the names of the projects with which the action artist and former Waldorf pupil Pablo Wendel irritates – and delights –his audience. Since his appearance in 2006 as one of the 1,000 life-sized “terracotta soldiers” of the first emperor of China in Xi’an, he has also become familiar to a wider public in Germany. Pablo is less well known as an education artist. [more]

Early childhood

Highly sensitive children

By Dörthe Huth, June 2014

Almost one fifth of all people are highly sensitive. Highly sensitive people display special abilities and needs as early as childhood. In living and working with them, it is therefore important to leave behind any fixed ideas about learning and social coexistence. Dörthe Huth, psychological consultant and supervisor, describes this new phenomenon. [more]

Early childhood

No fear of playing doctors and nurses. How small children discover gender

By Elke Rüpke, May 2014

Much of the psychosexual development of small children takes place out of sight and can only be read in a fragmentary way in outer behaviours. Playing “doctors and nurses” arises from the basic need of children to familiarise themselves with the world and is not by any means an indication of the premature sexualisation of the child. [more]

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