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Children at Play: Using Waldorf Principles to Foster Childhood Development

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Imaginative play is more vital for a child's future than many parents and educators realize. The more they are allowed to be absorbed in their play, the more fully and effectively they will later take their place in the community of adults.

Drawing on her experiences as a mother and as a proponent of Rudolf Steiner's Waldorf system of education, author Heidi Britz-Creceliu
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Inner Traditions
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Oct 23, 2014 Shae rated it really liked it
I was looking for some literature on Waldorf Education and found this book. I don't know how it compares to others, but it's small size was definitely a plus. The book itself was a slightly antiquated, philosophical read, but I have to admit I am a fan of the Waldorf principles, at least as early childhood goes (basically, children learn through hands on, practical PLAY) after perusing this short volume. I don't agree with all of it, of course, but I got two important things out of it: 1.) A mor ...more
Marissa Morrison
Before I set this book down filled with anger (and a little bit of fear!) over its claims that I've been psychologically damaging my children by encouraging them as readers, I also learned that it's not good to let kids excel in school. According to Britz-Crecelius, children who perform at the top of the class academically will necessarily have social problems, including pseudo-friendships with normal kids who will only use them as sources of knowledge.

But I think that the following statement ge
Jun 12, 2014 Hope rated it really liked it
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A great weaving of Waldorf principles with the basic theory that play is the true work of childhood. I could not agree more. This book is a glimpse into the romantic "when I was your age" days of the true, unfettered, free play of the child. I can only hope to offer my own children such freedom to remain children for as long as possible and to play as such. I found this book to be both joyfully inspiring as well as a warning for our society. A very enjoyable read.
Dec 15, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
I rated this a 3 just because it's right in the middle, but I'm really not sure what to think of the book. I've become interested in the whole Waldorf education system, and, at least according to Amazon reviews, this was a must read. The writing was really disjointed and a bit hard to follow at times, maybe because of the translation from German. And some of the claims that were made were so outrageous! But I plugged along . . . 1 - because it was a short book, and 2 - because I completely agree ...more
Feb 16, 2010 Charissa rated it really liked it
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This book gave me a lot of insight into the philosophy of Waldorf Education. I love the way the approach allows children to go back to more natural living and that it provides them with more freedom and wonder in their lives.
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May 19, 2008 Deirdre Keating rated it it was ok
Disappointing. Possibly a poor translation but I didn't like the writing style and didn't learn much beyond the basic premise.
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