The Waldorf® Approach to Early Childhood EducationThe following three statements can sum up the Waldorf approach to early childhood education:
- Adult Activities Imitation of adult role models, who are engaged in wholesome activities and work, develops gross and fine motor skills and provides a sound basis for confidence in self and trust in the world.
- Activities in Nature A sense of wonder is cultivated through activities in nature. Celebration of seasonal festivals fosters enthusiasm for learning and life-long moral strength.
- Imagination and Drama Imagination in play, dramatization and artistic work provides the first step of a cognitive process that is furthered through the academic work of the elementary school. Much genius originally springs from the fantasy and imagination of individuals whose creative thinking enables them to visualize how things are also how they might be.