What is Waldorf Education?
Waldorf Education is based upon the teachings of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), an Austrian Scientist and Philosopher. He founded the first Waldorf School in 1919, in Germany, for the children of the factory workers of the Waldorf Astoria Cigarette Factory. The curriculum integrates arts, sciences, and humanities. Waldorf approaches early childhood education with the understanding that during the first seven years of life, a child learns through imitation. Social skills are nurtured through creative free play; story, song, and verse support language, vocabulary, and memory; gross and fine motor skills are developed during nature hikes, forest play, building, woodworking, handwork, and artistic activities.