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A Steiner Waldorf KINDERGARTEN

A Steiner Waldorf KINDERGARTEN

A Steiner Waldorf KINDERGARTENA Steiner Waldorf KINDERGARTENA Steiner Waldorf KINDERGARTEN
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Our Philosophy

In Waldorf education, the Kindergarten is seen from the perspective of the three phases of child

development.

Here is a quick look:

Today, we are experiencing the fourth industrial revolution and it is marked by technological

breakthroughs in various fields like The Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, 3D printing and

autonomous vehicles to name a few. Industries are evolving and growing beyond our

comprehension and so are the jobs they are offering. If we don’t answer the call to embrace an

alternate education style and instead continue to push our children to achieve the best grades we

are only going to fail them as their teachers and parents.


We need to give them the wherewithal to be able to learn anything, to deal with life’s challenges

and to become self-actualised adults who can do what they are meant to do and still be happy.

In Waldorf education the child is the curriculum and education a preparation for life. The child’s

innate strengths are drawn out through various activities so they can nourish naturally. Children

are led by curiosity, they love to draw pictures and listen to stories. They engage in all sorts of

physical activity from climbing to Eurhythmy, bettering their coordination and balance. They are

involved in the making of things from ground up instead of having it ready made like cooking,

weaving, making coloured water for their pichkaris during Holi and lots more.

All these activities they are engaged in through the curriculum helps them stay in touch with who

they are, enabling them to become well-adjusted individuals, who are connected to their inner

selves. That ability will equip them to deal with life’s challenges better. Waldorf education

educates from the inside out.

Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education believed that we should continuously prepare

children for the next stage in their lives. He has a threefold principle, which is the foundation of

his approach to education. We as teachers and parents need to understand his principle that the

threefold human being is the basis for child development. He separates childhood into three phases

– early childhood (0-7 years), middle childhood (7-14 years) and adolescence (14-21 years). We

also need to understand the difference levels of consciousness at each of these stages - will, feeling

and thinking, in order to successfully interpret child development.


Willing

Its in early childhood (0-7 years) that children are a reservoir of will. The child in this phase is

focused, attentive and that’s why its diffcult to get them to listen. When they play they are

completely oblivious to their surroundings, they forget who they are and where they are.


Feeling

To be able to face the polarities in this modern world we live in, our children have to have a

balanced emotional life. On the one hand they will need to be receptive and sensitive to new

experiences and on the other hand they will need to be resilient and strong enough to endure any

crisis that they might face. Art can teach our children to develop this deep feeling capacity. All

children are artists. Waldorf education couldn’t stress more on learning through art. Art is a full

brain activity, involving the right and left-brain for one motor skills, sequential thinking, cognitive

ability and artistic sensibility. The success of Waldorf students in later life as entrepreneurs,

musicians, artists and professors bear testimony that all the drawing and painting will pay off in

the boardroom someday.


Thinking

Education can also occur through playful ideas and problems. Keeping it lively and curiosity

kindling is what will develop dynamic thinkers. Waldorf education will give children the chance to

be imaginative, out of the box, original thinkers who can do the work that needs to be done and

ask the questions that need to be asked. Their multi sensory education will help rebuild the human

connection, and regenerate an environment that is habitable for all, physically, socially and

emotionally.