Steiner Talk 6.
This is a summary of how a Steiner-influenced school or nursery will look like (adapted from EYE magazine, June 2008):
1) Outdoor classroom or curriculum is essential to allow children to experience the natural environment and discover the magic of life cycles and sciences in the garden or woodlands, plus exposing them to the cross-curricular opportunities available in abundance during this time.
2) Create a homely setting made from natural materials, such as wooden blocks, conifers, cotton, wool etc.
3) Most of all, incorporate ‘spirituality’ (not so of religiosity) and a holistic view in the setting, through spontaneous play, storytelling, poems, songs and puppets. Respond to each child’s needs and unique development. The learning environment must reflect a harmonious and peaceful atmosphere for the children and adults.
Teachers must be flexible with their lesson plans and allow an informal learning and open classroom to take place every day. Invite the child to guide you on what kind of learning do they prefer. Facilitate, don’t preach; inspire the child, don’t force; lead them, don’t leash.
This post marks the end of Steiner Talk. Nevertheless, it does not indicate the conclusion of the discussion of its curriculum, but rather a beginning to a more comprehensive preparation/introduction of this type of learning. It is my wishful thinking that I will be able to attend such a course of study in the future.
In the next talk, we take a look at the work of Dr. David Weikart.