By Bamford Christopher, Steiner Rudolf
Those seven intimate, aphoristic talks have been offered to a small staff on Steiner's ultimate stopover at to England. simply because they got to "pioneers" devoted to establishing a brand new Waldorf tuition, those talks are frequently one in every of the simplest introductions to Waldorf schooling. Steiner exhibits the need for academics to paintings on themselves first, with the intention to rework their very own inherent presents. He explains the necessity to use humor to maintain their educating energetic and resourceful. notably, he stresses the great significance of doing every thing within the wisdom that kids are voters of either the religious and the earthly worlds. And, all through those lectures, he always returns to the sensible price of Waldorf schooling. those talks are packed with sensible illustrations and revolve round yes themes-the desire for statement in lecturers; the hazards of stressing the mind too early; kid's desire for instructing that's concrete and pictorial; the schooling of kid's souls via ask yourself and reverence; the significance of first offering the "whole," then the elements, to the kid's mind's eye. here's the most effective introductions to Waldorf schooling, immediately from the guy who began all of it.
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This is why it is so important, especially for little children, that as a teacher you should enter very thoroughly into the observation of a human being and human life. What kind of school plan you make is neither here nor there; what matters is what sort of a person you are. In our day it is easy enough to think out a curriculum, because everyone in our age is now so clever. I am not saying this ironically; in our day people really are clever. Whenever a few people get together and decide that this or that must be done in education, something clever always comes out of it.
For there the earth looked quite different. This intimate relationship between the mineral earth kingdom and the plant world was then something that the child’s soul could receive as a living picture. Why 3lec Black 42 42 THE KINGDOM OF CHILDHOOD is this so? It is because, in order for human beings to incarnate at all, they have to absorb something that is not yet mineral but is only on the way to becoming mineral, namely the etheric element. The child has to grow into the element of the plants, and this plant world appears to the child as related to the earth.
It is to this you must turn. You should avoid a direct approach to the conventional letters of the alphabet that are used in writing and printing. Rather, you should lead the children, in a vivid and imaginative way, through the various stages that humanity has passed through in the history of civilization. In former times there was picture writing; that is to say, people painted something on the page that reminded them of the object. You do not need to study the history of civilization, but 2lec Black 24 24 THE KINGDOM OF CHILDHOOD you can show children the meaning and spirit of what people wanted to express in picture writing.
The Kingdom of Childhood : Introductory Talks on Waldorf Education by Bamford Christopher, Steiner Rudolf