About Steiner/ Waldorf Philosophy
Steiner/Waldorf education balances academic, artistic, practical & social aspects by educating the whole child. It prepares our children for an unpredictable future through a process of nurturing the child from within.
Steiner/Waldorf Education is designed to meet the changing needs of children, aiming to enable each stage of growth to be fully and vividly enjoyed and experienced. The academic, artistic and social practical aspects or ‘head, heart and hands’ are treated as complementary elements of a single learning program allowing each to throw light on the other.
Steiner/Waldorf Education’s curriculum is responsive to the developmental phases of childhood. It is permeated with the arts, encourages creativity, cultivates children’s imagination, as well as cognitive growth and a sense of responsibility for nature and its inhabitants.
Academic subjects, including writing and reading, are taught differently to mainstream educational methods. This requires awareness by parents of processes used within the Steiner/Waldorf system and tolerance for students to be at levels that differ from mainstream peers.
In Class one, at age six plus, students learn to write, and from that writing comes reading. In Class Two, the children will begin to read from printed books, both graded readers and ‘real’ books. By late primary, the children have developed a deep love of reading and stories and a capacity for thorough critical comprehension, on top of simply gaining the capacity to read at an adequate level.
Steiner outlined a psychology of child development early in the 20th century. Recent research in education and neuropsychology has supported many of his assertions. Steiner aimed that through his education system young people would develop the capacities of soul and intellect and the strength of will that would prepare them to meet the challenges of their own time and the future.
Steiner/Waldorf students are encouraged to work to their full potential, as individuals and as a class. They are given the tools to become individual thinkers, use their imagination and later their analytical skills. They need to take initiatives and are encouraged to ask tough and critical questions. Their education provides them with the tools to shape their environment in a changing world.