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Free to Learn

Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Care and Education

Paperback
July 2012
9781907359132
More details
  • Publisher
    Hawthorn Press
  • Published
    11th July 2012
  • ISBN 9781907359132
  • Language English
  • Pages 240 pp.
$28.00

Faced with the stark reality that childhood is fast disappearing, Lynne Oldfield quietly convinces us that there is still hope: the richness and quality of the Waldorf early childhood experiences she evokes recreates and protects the lost world of childhood, but the benefits spill over, touching the lives of parents, educators and community alike. Vividly and sensitively written, this book has a powerful message for anyone concerned with the state of childhood today. —Dr. Helen Prochazka, Chairman, Montessori Education, UK

Fully revised and updated, with a new index and additional resources, Free to Learn is a unique guide to the principles and methods of Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood education. The author draws on kindergarten experience from around the world, with stories, helpful insights, lively observations and pictures. This inspiring book will interest parents, educators, and early years education students. It is up to date, comprehensive, and contains many illustrations, including a 16-page color section.

Lynne Oldfield invites you to explore Steiner Waldorf kindergartens. Here, teachers and parents believe that children's early learning is profound, that childhood matters and that the early years should be enjoyed, not rushed through.

Topics include:

  • How kindergarten enables healthy child development
  • What is movement based learning
  • Why creative play is so crucial
  • How children learn through imitation and rhythm
  • When children are ready for school
  • How to get support for parenting and daycare

Free to Learn is a unique guide to the principles and methods of Waldorf early education, drawing on kindergarten experience from around the world, with stories, helpful insights, lively observations, and pictures.

Lynn Oldfield

Lynne Oldfield is a kindergarten teacher at Lindens, Stroud, and director of the London Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training Course. Her daughter Rachel Oldfield works as an artist and illustrator.