Free to Learn: Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Care and Education
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.
- 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.
About the Author
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.