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  • RHYTHMS OF LEARNING

    (Revised second edition) Introduction by Roberto Trostli

    What Waldorf Education Offers Children, Parents, and Teachers

    Rudolf Steiner

    RHYTHMS OF LEARNING

    “The primary task of a Waldorf teacher is to understand the human being in body, soul, and spirit. The approach, the curriculum, and the methods of an education that can address the whole child will grow from this understanding.” —Roberto Trostli

    Waldorf education—an established and growing independent school movement—continues to be shaped and inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s numerous writings and lectures on education and child development.

    In Rhythms of Learning, key lectures on children and education have been thoughtfully chosen from the vast amount of material by Steiner and presented in a context that makes them reader-friendly and accessible. In his many discussions and lectures, Steiner shared his vision of education that considers the spirit, soul, and physiology in children as they grow.

    Roberto Trostli, a seasoned Waldorf teacher, has selected the works that best illustrate the fundamentals of this unique approach. In each chapter, Trostli explains Steiner’s concepts and describes how they work in the contemporary Waldorf classroom. We learn how the teacher–child relationship and the Waldorf school curriculum changes as the students progress from kindergarten through high school.

    Rhythms of Learning, is an excellent resource for parents who want to understand how their child is learning. Parents will also be more prepared to discuss their child’s education with teachers, and teachers will find it to be a valuable reference source and communication tool.

    “Our new generation of children will need an education that not only addresses their intellects but also cultivates their artistic abilities and develops their practical skills. Above all they will need an education that can nurture the capacities that will allow them to adapt to a rapidly changing world. Emil Molt knew the man who developed a form of education that meets those needs; that man was Rudolf Steiner.” —Roberto Trostli

    Contents
    Sources Foreword
    Preface to the Revised Edition
    Introduction: A Seed for the Future
    The Foundations of Waldorf Education
    The Education of the Child in the Light of Spiritual Science
    Teacher and Child
    The Four Temperaments
    Understanding Children’s Temperaments
    Gratitude, Love, and Duty
    The Waldorf Kindergarten
    The World of the Young Child
    Walking, Speaking, Thinking
    The First School Years
    From Whole to Part
    Children from the Seventh to Tenth Years
    Teaching Children to Write
    Teaching Arithmetic
    The Middle Elementary School Years
    Self and World
    Zoology and Botany in the Elementary School
    Nature Study in the Elementary School
    Teaching Geography
    The Upper Elementary School Years
    Cause and Consequence
    The Child at Twelve
    Teaching in the Upper Grades
    Teaching History
    The High School Years
    Adolescence—the Quest for Self
    Working with Adolescents
    The Arts in Waldorf Education
    The Jewels in the Crown
    Education through Art
    An Introduction to Eurythmy

    March 2017; SB; 366pp; 23 x 15 cm; pb;

    £26.95  ISBN 9781621481799