The Developing Child

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The Developing Child: Sense and Nonsense in Education

This experienced Waldorf teacher allows us to enter his classroom and gain insights that serve as valuable guides for both parents and educators. Aeppli also presents a challenge to teachers: penetrate the subject, grasp its essence, transform it artistically, and present it to the children in a way that fits their evolving inner orientation.

This fresh approach is not just another theory about good education. Aeppli writes out of practical experience with the intention of sending young adults into the world who can stand on their own two feet and accept responsibility for their own actions.

Previously published as Rudolf Steiner Education and the Developing Child.

C O N T E N T S:

Translator’s Preface by Angelika V. Ritscher-Hill
Preface to the First Edition

Sense and Nonsense in Education
Teaching Writing
“Local History” in the First and Second Grades
The Legitimate Path of Teaching
Unscheduled Classroom Events
Transforming the Subject Matter
Teaching Botany and Zoology
Teaching Grammar
Teaching History
The Main Lesson Block
The Life and Soul Metamorphoses of the Human Being and their Impact on Education


About the Author

Willi Aeppli (1894–1972) was a master Waldorf teacher in the Rudolf Steiner School in Basel, Switzerland. He is remembered as an excellent teacher who used his observations and daily experience to enrich his classroom teaching. He also led many informal courses on the art of education for teachers and prospective teachers throughout his long career as an educator.

Additional information

Weight 18 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 0.5 × 8.5 in


Angelika V. Ritscher-Hill




January 2002






Steiner Books


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