Waldorf worldwide

Inclusion in Armenia. Waldorf education centre opened in Yerevan

By Thomas Kraus, December 2014

There are strong prejudices against people with disabilities in Armenia. Often they are hidden away at home. The Waldorf school in Yerevan has worked for integration since it was founded. A teacher established an association which acquired a building in which fifty children and young people can now learn in fully equipped workshops.  [more]

Waldorf worldwide

In Prague eurythmy is an exam subject

By Angelika Storch, December 2014

In the Czech Republic, eurythmy can be chosen as an exam subject. This does not diminish the enthusiasm for the subject, the intensity of the work and the magic of this art.  [more]

Fine motor skills and subtle thinking. Findings from kindergarten and primary school

By Sebastian Suggate, December 2014

Both the progressive educator Maria Montessori and the German philosopher Martin Heidegger saw the hand as an instrument of intelligence. This thought, that movement is essential to the thinking also plays an important role in the education of Rudolf Steiner. Recently numerous empirical findings have also supported this fascinating idea. [more]

Cross-stitch matures the I. Handwork in class 4

By Anette Sigler, December 2014

Overlaying, cross-stitching and centring require sustained, persistent concentration and constant judgement. The feeling of experiencing the I in independent activity is permanently stimulated.  [more]

Planeing for the senses

By Reinhold Öxler, Ning Huang, December 2014

Training and caring for the senses plays a major role in Waldorf education. Through the senses we can perceive the world, gather experiences about it and thereby develop self-awareness. Two woodwork teachers show what planeing can contribute to the development of the senses.  [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]

Spotlight

“ADHD” – an invented illness

By Manfred Schulze, December 2014

What today is called ADHD was once called “minimal brain damage”. The first descriptions of “hyperactive” children saw it as the cause. But no damage could be found which could be described anatomically. So the “illness” was relocated to “minimal brain dysfunction”.  [more]

Editorial

Hands at work

By Mathias Maurer, December 2014

Paul is working on embroidering his bag. Tirelessly the needle goes in and out stitching crosses with threads in a variety of colours. He is perspiring slightly, his tongue sticking out of the corner of his mouth as his fingers with the needle carefully seek the correct place for the next stitch – the commendable effort of will from this class 4 pupil cannot be overlooked. It continues for one-and-a-half hours. [more]

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