Category Archives: Waldorf in the News

Waldorf in the News: Children Have More Than Five Senses

Waldorf Principle Explored: Steiner’s 12-Senses (Additional information on Steiner’s 12-senses is available HERE) Rudolf Steiner, founder of the Waldorf method of education believed that all people, including the students you teach, have 12 senses. For many people, belief in a “sixth sense” is not a big leap. Some of the other senses he describes are harder...
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Waldorf in the News: Natural Light & Outdoor Play Reduces Short-Sightedness in Children

Waldorf Principle Explored: Bringing the Classroom Outdoors & The Outdoors Inside Having students spend significant amounts of time outdoors is integral to Waldorf education. No matter what the weather is or the student’s age, students are dressed appropriately and have daily time to play and explore outdoors. Even when students are indoors, classrooms...
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Waldorf In the News: Using Nature in the Classroom

Waldorf Principle Explored: Natural Supplies in the Classroom If you have ever explored a Waldorf toy catalog or website you have probably noticed that every toy, school supply and piece of clothing is “all natural”. This means that the supplies are made from natural materials like cotton, beeswax, wood, plants and other...
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How Much Math or Science Homework is Too Much?

Waldorf Principle Explored: The Main Lesson The Main Lesson is the central part of the Waldorf inspired educational day and often only lasts 1 to 2 hours. Parents and teachers who are making the transition from an 8 to 3:00 day to a homeschooling day often worry that they may not be...
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Exercising Early in Life is Rewarded

Waldorf Principle Explored: Nature Walks & Outdoor Play Playing outdoors and taking daily nature walks are an important part of Waldorf education. They are not considered “just recess” or “gym class” but are considered an integral part of the entire educational process. Classes from ages preschool through high school take daily nature walks and are...
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Access to Nature Improves Quality of Learning

Waldorf Principle Explored: Nature in Education Incorporating nature walks, natural materials and natural features into the Waldorf classroom are important aspects of the Waldorf inspired learning environment. The article below talks about how this environment is not only beneficial for the students now, but can also help them grow to be healthier...
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Why Food is Just as Important to Mental Health as Physical Health

Waldorf Principle Explored: Healthy Eating Waldorf education embraces educating the child’s head, heart & hands as well as their body. Preparing a snack together and baking homemade bread from scratch are just a couple Waldorf inspired activities that are daily occurrences in the Waldorf inspired classroom. This article talks about how important those experiences...
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Could a Dose of Nature be Just What the Doctor Ordered?

Waldorf Principles Explored: Nature in Education Waldorf education teaches the importance of nature in education. From nature walks to using natural materials in the classroom, Waldorf education provides numerous opportunities for children to be closer to nature. This article discusses the importance of this early and ongoing exposure to nature… Science Daily Numerous studies...
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Disruptive Children Benefit from Tailored Intervention

Waldorf Principle Explored: The Temperaments At some point in exploring Waldorf education you have probably heard about the importance of knowing your student’s temperament and how you can use it to be a more effective teacher in the classroom. This concept is important but also unique to Waldorf education. The article below...
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How Childhood Anxiety Could Change the Brain

Waldorf Principles Explored: Inner Work, Rhythm Waldorf education teaches the importance of daily inner work for the teacher and the influence of this task on one of the most important aspects of the Waldorf classroom – rhythm & balance. Creating peace, balance, & rhythm are central to Waldorf education. This article...
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Disruption of Sleep in Children Can Hamper Memory

Waldorf Principle Explored: 3-Day-Rhythm The concept of the 3-day-rhythm in Waldorf education (explained HERE) states that it is important for a child to be able to “sleep on” new ideas and concepts so they can retain what they have learned. This is one reason that lessons are given over a three day...
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Why Handwriting is Still Important

Waldorf Principle Explored: 3-Day-Rhythm Creating one’s own Main Lesson Book, complete with handwritten pages is a task unique to Waldorf students. With the increase of computer usage in traditional classrooms and the rise of computer-centric online schools we think it is important to remember why handwriting is so important. This article explores that...
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The Connection Between Lack Of Sleep And A Shrinking Brain

Waldorf Principle Explored: 3-Day-Rhythm If you embrace Waldorf education you have probably heard about the importance of the 3-day-rhythm. One of the central principles of this method is that allowing the child to “sleep on” a lesson will allow them to absorb the information more deeply and explore it more efficiently the following two days. Huffington Post While...
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New Insight: How Children Learn Math

This is part of our “Waldorf Education in the News” series. We use this series of posts to direct you to news relating to Waldorf educational principles highlighted in the news or supported by scientific studies. To see more articles like this click the “Waldorf in the News” link to...
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The Decline of Play and Rise in Children’s Mental Disorders

This is part of our “Waldorf Education in the News” series. We use this series of posts to direct you to news relating to Waldorf educational principles highlighted in the news or supported by scientific studies. To see more articles like this click the “Waldorf in the News” link to...
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