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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 "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 Steiner's numerous lectures on education. 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 approachable and accessible. In his many discussions and lectures, Steiner shared his vision of an education that considers the spirit, soul, and physiology in children as they grow. Roberto Trostli, an experienced 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. This book will serve as an excellent resource for parents who want to understand how their child is learning. Parents will be better prepared to discuss their child's education with teachers, and teachers will find it a valuable reference source and communication tool.


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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 "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 Steiner's numerous lectures on education. 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 approachable and accessible. In his many discussions and lectures, Steiner shared his vision of an education that considers the spirit, soul, and physiology in children as they grow. Roberto Trostli, an experienced 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. This book will serve as an excellent resource for parents who want to understand how their child is learning. Parents will be better prepared to discuss their child's education with teachers, and teachers will find it a valuable reference source and communication tool.

30 review for Rhythms of Learning: What Waldorf Education Offers Children, Parents & Teachers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    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 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 highly recommend this to anyone interested in learning about Waldorf Education as a whole.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    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. 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Doni

    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 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 four temperaments based on the medieval doctrine of the four humors. While this could potentially be insightful even while based on extremely outmoded science, I do not find the four profiles sufficient to describe the complexity of individual personalities. Many of Steiner's claims do not strike me as true based on my extensive work with children and makes me question the legitimacy of his expertise. At the same time, it is refreshing simply to be exposed to a vastly different take on education from the usual canon.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christina Goodison

    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. 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Suzie

    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 . . .

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Rockenbeck

    Another Waldorf book.

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