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Steiner Education

A comprehensive overview of Steiner education from the Anthroposophical Society of America in recognition of the 100 year anniversary .

Conference Brochure including dates, times, cost, workshops and registration information. Please do not register on the SECA website, to register you must go to the Kolisko conference registration page.

Susan Howard

Is there a Waldorf early childhood “curriculum?” Are there specific activities – perhaps puppet plays or watercolor painting, for example – that are required in a Waldorf program? Are there certain materials and furnishings – lazured, soft-colored walls, handmade playthings, natural materials, beeswax crayons – that are essential ingredients of a Waldorf setting? What is it that makes Waldorf early childhood education “Waldorf?” 

Rudolf Steiner spoke on a number of occasions about experiences essential for healthy early childhood education, including the following:

 

• Love and warmth
• Care for the environment and nourishment for the senses
• Creative, artistic experience
• Meaningful adult activity as an example for the child’s imitation
• Free, imaginative play
• Protection for the forces of childhood
• Gratitude, reverence, and wonder
• Joy, humor, and happiness
• Adult caregivers on a path of inner development

The Heart Spaces course is a year-long, part-time program that takes place on Saturday afternoons from 2 – 5 pm. There are eight sessions per term for four terms. People can enrol for a year at the beginning of terms 1, 2 or 3. We use a combination of online and face to face sessions (a rhythm of three online followed by a dual session). The program is run by Carol Liknaitzky, who has been an adult educator for the past 40 years.