The Online Curriculum Project - Early Childhood
updated March 6, 2017
I believe more than anything that every little new being on this planet deserves
the most wonderful childhood a parent can possibly offer. Those early
years are the most important investment we, as parents, can
make in our children's future health, happiness, and
Throughout my website I document my journey in learning about Waldorf and trying to teach in
in a Waldorf-inspired manner. I also recommend, based on my personal experience, great books... books that would be a wonderful addition to your
curriculum library. But I realize that not everyone has easy access to these books. This is particularly true of some of my international clients.
So my newest
project is collecting as many online resources as possible and putting the links all in one place. While not a substitute
for visiting a Waldorf school and seeing the method in action, I hope this is helpful!
"The Essentials of Education, together with its companion book, The Roots of Education, present a remarkable synthesis of what Waldorf education is and what it can become. The Waldorf "experiment" had matured for five years since 1919, when Steiner helped to establish the first Waldorf school. He had guided that school from its beginning, observing very closely all that happened. As a result, he was able to distill and present the essentials of Waldorf education with elegance as well as with the urgency he felt for the coming times."
I work hard putting together collections of great images from Waldorf schools and homeschools around the world. I do recommend
Pinterest (setting up an account is free)
as an invaluable tool for finding and organizing thousands of inspirational ideas!
Books available to download as free PDFs from the Online Waldorf Library:
Storytelling / Puppetry in Waldorf Early Childhood
I cannot do better than to share my notes from several workshops I've taken with Suzanne Down, the master at Waldorf storytelling and therapeutic puppetry in early childhood,
to help you picture what Storytelling and Puppetry look like in action in a Waldorf classroom.
My notes include my initial experiences with needle felting, and step by step instructions for
creating several puppets, as well as how to tell the stories.
how to tell a nursery rhyme as a puppet show some specific examples:
Jack Be Nimble Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Froggie Boggie Mary Mary Quite Contrary Ickle Ockle Blue Bockle
Rock a Bye Baby Old Mother Hubbard
I went from this experience with Suzanne Down to her week long puppetry workshop July 8 - 12, 2009: "The Sense of Touch and Warmth: Puppetry as Bridge for these Foundations for Life" at the Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten; Boulder CO (which I drove to from Maryland, I was so excited to work with her) and those notes are in the blog in several posts. Please visit the links below.
This is where
I learned how to make a rod puppet. Our focus was on the Mother archetype:
I stre-e-e-tch to the light
(slowly stand up and reach tall with your arms extended above you)
I JUMP (jump, keeping your arms up high) to the Sun
I am ready to start my day (bring your arms down to your sides)
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