The Kingdom of Childhood: Seven Lectures and Answers to Questions Given in Torquay, August 12-20, 1924
These seven intimate, aphoristic talks were presented to a small group on Steiner's final visit to England. Because they were given to "pioneers" dedicated to opening a new Waldorf school, these talks are often considered one of the best introductions to Waldorf education. Steiner shows the necessity for teachers to work on themselves first, in order to transform their own inherent gifts. He explains the need to use humor to keep their teaching lively and imaginative. Above all, he stresses the tremendous importance of doing everything in the knowledge that children are citizens of both the spiritual and the earthly worlds. And, throughout these lectures, he continually returns to the practical value of Waldorf education. These talks are filled with practical illustrations and revolve around certain themes-the need for observation in teachers; the dangers of stressing the intellect too early; children's need for teaching that is concrete and pictorial; the education of children's souls through wonder and reverence; the importance of first presenting the "whole," then the parts, to the children's imagination. Here is one of the best introductions to Waldorf education, straight from the man who started it all.
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Review: The Kingdom of ChildhoodUser Review - Jenny - Goodreads
Very inspiring - made me more excited than ever about the Waldorf approach to education. Read full review
Review: The Kingdom of ChildhoodUser Review - Coquille Fleur - Goodreads
2nd year teacher training required reading. Outlines the educational philosophy of Steiner. Each year in the development of the child corresponds with and Epoch in the evolution of the World. Microcosm/Macrocosm. Read Occult Science first to get the full value of this work. Read full review