Waldorf Teaching Philosophy
Waldorf education, founded by Rudolph Steiner, strives to holistically integrate students artistic, practical, and intellectual development, emphasizing the role of imagination in learning. The basis of early Waldorf education is to encourage a reverence for the world and understanding that it is a good place to live.
Waldorf teachers are trained to generate an enthusiasm for learning in each child. Preschool curriculum focuses on experiential learning through imitation of practical activities, allowing children to learn by example through imaginative and practical play. Daily routines are emphasized, including circle time, artistic work, free play time, and practical tasks, with some rhythmic variation.
In Waldorf preschools, such as the Village, the mostly outdoor classroom resembles a home. Toys and tools are sourced from natural materials, that encourage imaginative play, and connection with nature. Preschools hold seasonal festivals, based on community traditions.