Resources for Parents/ Guardians
This website has wonderful resources and links to tools, ideas and further reading on ways to incorporate respectful, nourishing care into family life.
Book: "You are Your Child's First Teacher", Rahima Baldwin
This is a core foundation book for parents of children under the age of seven, often recommended to parents at Steiner Waldorf Parent and Child groups. It covers a wealth of topics and is a wonderful springboard into other areas related to parenting.
Lifeways Family Week, at Emerson College, Sussex, UK
For one week every year, Emerson College, an adult education centre in Sussex, is transformed into a place where families can experience how it might be to live in community. The festival is a week of workshops, singing, play, incredible conversations, new and old friends and deepening of ways to be an inclusive and healthy family.
Child Development Profiles, from the insights of Rudolf Steiner, Gessel and Laing
What we expect to unfold with our children is based on some model we have of what is 'normal', where we are aiming for and where we have come from. This website offers a sophisticated, readable and accurate (to my mind) understanding of child development. There are examples of behaviour, ideas and resources plus articles on other related topics. The profiles range from conception to age sixteen.
Steiner Waldorf Education
"The priority of the Steiner ethos is to provide an unhurried and creative learning environment where children can find the joy in learning and experience the richness of childhood rather than early specialisation or academic hot-housing. The curriculum itself is a flexible set of pedagogical guidelines, founded on Steiner’s principles that take account of the whole child. It gives equal attention to the physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and spiritual needs of each pupil and is designed to work in harmony with the different phases of the child’s development. The core subjects of the curriculum are taught in thematic blocks and all lessons include a balance of artistic, practical and intellectual content. Whole class, mixed ability teaching is the norm."