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Rhythms of Learning

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"The primary task of a Waldorf teacher is to understand the human being in body, soul, and spirit. From this understanding will grow the approach, the curriculum, and the methods of an education capable of addressing the whole child." --Roberto Trostli

Waldorf education, an established and growing independent school movement, continues to be shaped and inspired by Rudolf St
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Paperback, 408 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Steiner Books (first published March 1st 1998)
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Andrew
Jun 05, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful survey of Waldorf education that is both insightful and accessible. Trostli begins each chapter with a general overview of Steiner's philosophy and its application in education and follows with sections from Steiners's own lectures. The book is also sequenced in such a way that it presents a comprehensive trajectory of Waldorf education, from kindergarten to high school, providing the reader with a broad perspective on what exactly is achieved with these methods. I would high ...more
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Jun 05, 2012 Doni rated it liked it
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This is the first book on Waldorf Education I've read that gave me a good enough sense of the foundational concepts of Waldorf Education that I could decide whether I agreed with its approach or not. Before reading it, I had a generalized sense that it treats the whole child which must be good, right? Now, although I still like that it moves away from education being a solely intellectual pursuit, many of Steiner's ideas strike me as arcane and fanciful. For example, he categorizes people into f ...more
Christina Goodison
May 27, 2015 Christina Goodison rated it it was amazing
After reading heaven on earth and you are your child's first teacher, I was ready to move into some steiner lectures. This was a great overview of K-12th and the "why" behind what is taught and when. Also loved the examples in how math is taught! This just further confirms the choice I made to homeschool using a Waldorf curriculum.
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Dec 31, 2014 Suzie rated it it was amazing
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Definitely one worth coming back to. I think more of the book is underlined than not, now. This was a great book for an introduction to reading straight Steiner lectures, which are next on my curriculum reading list . . .
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Aug 17, 2009 Angela rated it really liked it
I've learned a bunch about temperament and teaching; it is more important HOW you teach than WHAT you teach; but the curriculum bases for each age are outlined as well...along with the how.
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Another Waldorf book.
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"Steiner led this movement through several phases. In the first, more philosophically oriented phase, Steiner attempted to find a synthesis between science and mysticism; his philosophical work of these years, which he termed spiritual science, sought to provide a connection between the cognitive path of Western philosophy and t
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