This book presents a clear, deep, and accessible overview of the philosophical, developmental, and educational foundations of Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf education—as a dynamic, adaptable, creative process for which a profound sense of the uniqueness of each child is foundational. It demystifies Steiner as a philosopher of "freehood" and discusses the threefold human being in psychology. Child development topics covered include the 12 senses and sensory motor development, language, and inner life. Education principles covered include imitation, purposeful activity, and free play; nature; music and the arts; rhythm, structure, trust, and security; observing and understanding children; self-development and reflection; and comparison with other preschool approaches.
Anna Dusseau is a former secondary school teacher, turned writer and homeschool mum. She tweets as @NotTheSchoolRun and blogs at www.homeschoolguru.org . Her gritty, wisdom-filled approach shows how home schooling can work brilliantly for families in post-Lockdown times. She witnessed how mainstream schooling limited, and even damaged, her children’s well-being, curiosity, and learning. The success of Anna’s popular Homeschool Guru Blog has led to giving public talks, writing articles in leading journals like the Times Educational Supplement, and giving interviews on Radio 4's Woman's Hour.
‘Lively, so intelligent, but above all so RIGHT. Children were never intended to have their learning forced on them. They are learning animals, and they are deeply directed by their inner urges to master the world, in their own unique individual way. The best teachers know this, home educators hold it as their core belief. If you want your child to flourish and be suited to the future, and their childhood to be joyful and powerful preparation for anything life can bring, then this book is a treasure chest.’—Steve Biddulph, author, Raising Boys in the 21st Century
and The Secret of Happy Children