What is Waldorf education?

One question you may have encountered in your research on childcare is ‘What is Waldorf education?’ And you may have wondered how it differs from other educational philosophies.

Waldorf education, also known as Steiner education, is based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner. He opened his first school in 1919. It’s structure was built on delaying formal instruction and testing in favor of learning through experience and play.

In a Waldorf-inspired environment, children are encouraged to learn through creativity, imitation, and imaginative play. Progress is attained through exposure to art, music, daily rhythms, outside play, and storytelling. Daily tasks like watering the plants and preparing food with classmates and teachers are opportunities to develop the growing mind, and are incorporated into times of creative play. The children set their own pace and their development is not measured against other students.

A Waldorf teacher focuses on the individual child finding enjoyment in the everyday world. Imagination and creativity are encouraged because the Waldorf philosophy allows children to learn through experience and experimenting, rather than memorization and repetition.

Through activities and experiences, children begin to understand their connection to the surrounding world. Ultimately, a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and social awareness is developed.

Though Wow & Flutterville does not implement an independent Waldorf program, we share the guiding principles that allow your child to grow and become a thoughtful, caring citizen in our shared world.