Magic of beginning

The magic of the beginning

By Ellen Niemann, November 2020

Parents whose children are starting school this year needed a bit more imagination than usual in recent months when they attempted to picture schooling at a Waldorf school. The thought of the magic of the first day at school did not quite fit with schools covered in direction signs and floor markings. The enveloping atmosphere on entering a Waldorf school gave out a scent of disinfectant rather than wood and wool in recent weeks. [more]

Publisher's View

Wake-up call

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, September 2020

Recently, when watching an old film, I have occasionally got the feeling: “Hey, don’t you realise you’re much too close to each other and standing in too large groups? Why aren’t you paying attention?” Only then my brain gets into gear and explains to me that a) it is a historical film, i.e. made before March 2020, b) we are all still learners and therefore c) the last word has not been spoken as to where this madness begins and ends. [more]

Series, Transhumanism

Two sisters and a legacy. Waldorf education in New Zealand

By Nana Göbel, May 2020

Anthroposophy came to New Zealand as early as the second decade of the twentieth century through Emma Richmond. Her daughter, the teacher Rachel Crompton-Smith, together with her husband Bernard Crompton-Smith opened the small St George School in Havelock North in 1917 at which girls and boys were taught together, something extraordinary at that time. This impulse was taken up by Ethel Edwina Burbury and Ruth Nelson who founded the anthroposophical Taruna centre and a short time later the first Waldorf school in Hastings. [more]

Column

News from the AD(H)D front

By Henning Köhler, September 2015

Shortly before his death, the US psychiatrist Leon Eisen­berg, one of the “inventors” of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, confessed that this was a prime example of a fabricated illness. He deeply regretted his error because the actual (mostly psychosocial) causes for the symptoms were ignored if an inherited neurochemical imbalance is assumed and methylphenidate prescribed. [more]

Early childhood

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 lessons, Who educates whom?

The magic of things foreign

By Erhard Dahl, January 2020

The formative influence of foreign language lessons. [more]

Living Teachers, Magic of beginning

Pär Play – learning intuitively and playfully from life

November 2020

Teachers who practice Intuitive Pedagogy know the extent to which it trains the ability to form educational relationships and inner flexibility. The Nuremberg Teacher Training Seminar includes in its training provision a one-week course on Intuitive Pedagogy in the Easter holidays which is also open to colleagues from other Waldorf schools. Course leader Dieter Schwartz, a pupil of Pär Ahlbom and Iris Johansson, explains his approach. [more]

Waldorf worldwide

50 years of the Hague Circle

By Nana Göbel, September 2020

The international Waldorf movement [more]

Young writers, The art of teaching

You are never too small to make a difference

By Emilia Mattukat, May 2019

“You are never too small to make a difference,” said the 15-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg in her speech “Climate justice now” at the climate conference in Poland. She was making the point that none of us are too small to change something. [more]

Spotlight, Magic of beginning

About coronavirus

By Albrecht Schad, November 2020

The transformation of our lifeworld through human beings and the retroactive effect on humans. [more]

Media

Transforming materials and the maker

By Martyn Rawson, March 2020

From an evolutionary perspective tools and the social practices they were embedded in and how these responded to the environments people dwelled in, were crucial to the emergence of human societies.  [more]

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