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Waldorf Curriculum Approach Presentation
Transcript of Waldorf Curriculum Approach Presentation
Lim Hui Yi
Tan Wei Qing
Tuang shu Qi
TG02 Waldorf Curriculum Approach Introduction to Waldorf Approach Introduction to Waldorf Approach - Emphasizes role of imagination in learning, develops thinking that
includes a creative and
analytic component (Windsong School).
- Main importance is developing imagination and creative skills, rather than early exposure to academic
content (WaldorfCurriculum.com, 2010). Waldorf Curriculum Education Economic: not merely for the rich.
- Waldorf Schools prefer to have students determined by educational rather than financial circumstances.
- Valued having diverse children, resulting in attracting families who can’t afford school fees (Mazzone).
- Fees not main priority in choosing
students. - By Austrian Philosopher Rudolf Steiner in Germany, 1919 (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America).
- Inspired by Steiner’s own theory of Anthroposophy, also known as ‘spiritual science’ (Christopherus Homeschool Resources).
- Broad target age of four to sixteen
- Art-based Curriculum Waldorf Curriculum Education Social-cultural: schools encourage sharing and working together, caring for one another and respecting others’ needs (SWSF,2008).
- Social skills improved with interactions.
- Political: founded as a barricade against destructive influences of intellectualism and materialism in 1919.
- Cultivates spiritual life and Waldorf students are hardworking and healthy in body and soul (Staudenmaier). Waldorf Philosophy Sees the child as a whole with soul, body
- Child develops through a set of basic stages (Mays & Nordwall, 2011).
- Developmentally appropriate guidance
- Educational style based on concept that child’s abilities and potentials should be maximized early.
- Teaches children to recognize and understand
different religions and cultures. Waldorf Teaching Style Teacher-directed approach
- Children are encouraged to create their own playing materials from what is readily available (Kennedy).
Imagination is the most vital part of learning, using both hands-on as well as an intellectual approach (Kennedy). Waldorf Curriculum Emphasis - Emphasizes on imaginative play, creative activities, music, storytelling, authentic handiwork, seasons as well as life itself.
- Play-based approach where emphasis is placed on nature and spiritual development of the mind and the body.
- Through interactions, children will be able to
develop social skills and respect for the
world (“Curriculum for the preschool years,”
2010). Waldorf Curriculum –Waldorf Environment Learning environment
- Comfortable place with no external distraction
- Low ceilings and walls with soft colours
Outdoor learning setting
- Safe for work and play Waldorf Curriculum –Waldorf Environment Schedules flow predictably
Curriculum engages the children
- Participate in domestic activities
- Nurture creativity through free play
Experiences are free from boundaries and restrictions. Waldorf Curriculum –Role of Teachers Show kindness
- Encouraging children to be kind
Practise patience and cooperation
- Offering a warm environment
Teachers interact with the developing children
- Allow them to learn by imitation and nurturing
- Establish strong relationships with
children’s families (Steiner Waldorf
Schools Fellowship). Waldorf Curriculum –Role of Children Learning as they work and play
- Through exploration and experimenting Waldorf Curriculum –Subjects Taught Waldorf approach is different
- Children are taught handwork and foreign languages
- They learn to knit, weave and work with wood (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America)
- No textbooks used
- Teachers present lesson materials in creative ways (Christopherus Homeschool Resources).
- Content areas include Literature,
Eurythmy, Art and Music Waldorf Curriculum - Teaching & Learning Resources Nature
- Feel connected to the natural environment when playing with natural resources (Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship).
- Wool and wood Waldorf Curriculum - Teaching & Learning Resources Thank You! Waldorf children are urged to care for their materials and resources.
- Fix broken items with saws and hand drills.
- Work on gardening with shovels and rakes.
- Wash clothes (Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship). Waldorf Curriculum - Teaching & Learning Resources References Electronic media such as computers are
- Non-beneficial to children’s development (Christopherus Homeschool Resources).
Children learn from people and their
surroundings. Waldorf Curriculum - Timetabling Teachers work together
- Plan a cyclical schedule
- Prepare developmentally appropriate
- Plan Activities complementary with the season or situations (SWSF, 2008). Valley Waldorf City School of Los Angeles. (Producer) (2012).
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waldorf-education/waldorf-faq/ Waldorf Curriculum - Assessment & Documentation of Children Mainly through observation
- Teachers carefully observe.
- Produce a formal written observation after gaining parents’ consent (SWSF, 2008). Example of
Waldorf Education Benefits of Waldorf Curriculum Prepare Children for the Future
- Holistic development and children learn mainly through play, music and arts.
- Reading is discouraged at a young age as it increases learning disabilities (Lannan, 2010).
- Build children’s enthusiasm towards learning.
- They grow up with the natural eagerness
to learn and explore.
- Graduates of Waldorf schools are academically advantaged in the public schools
(Hale, 2011). In Los Angeles, The City School Waldorf Initiative implemented Waldorf education.
-It Involves artistic activities when teaching academic subjects (Valley Waldorf City School of Los Angeles, 2012). Benefits of Waldorf Curriculum A Family
- Children feel at home in Waldorf schools.
- Class with mixed age group.
- They learn to communicate and negotiate with one another.
- They stay with the same teacher for 7 years.
- Deep human relationships built
- Children will develop trust with their teachers (Price, 2003). Why Waldorf is Important for ECCE Globally – Social Justice Waldorf education is open to all children regardless of social economic status.
- E.g. Waldorf schools in Haiti provide opportunities for quality education (Meier & Meier).
- Quality education provided to disadvantaged or
needy children. Why Waldorf is Important for ECCE Globally – Social Justice References Children are not labelled.
- Waldorf believes that weakness in one area of development will be balanced by other areas (Whidbey Island Waldorf School, 2012).
- Sharing of thoughts and feelings with one another without being discriminated Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship, (n.d.). Guide to the early years
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- However, spiritual development is not forced.
- Children have their own rights.
Children are unable to adapt in public schools due to learning difficulties.
- E.g. Enrollment to Waldorf schools allows the child’s parents to better focus on his particular needs as they work with his teachers, helping him to learn better (Stevens, 2009) Why Waldorf is Important for ECCE Globally – Social Justice To Waldorf, every child is seen as someone who is proficient.
- Freedom to learn at own paces.
- Process of learning can be enjoyed (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America). Conclusion – Conditions and Constraints of Waldorf Approach When Waldorf approach was first implemented, foreign languages were taught by class teachers.
- Eliminated discipline problems.
- However, a possibility of class teachers not being as proficient in foreign language.
- Children may not fully grasp
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- Due to valuing of children from a broad range of ethnics backgrounds (Mazzone).
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- Reducing discipline problems.
- Proficient in teaching two or more languages.
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