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Waldorf education was founded in 1919 by Rudolf Steiner and Emil and Berta Molt, and is based on a developmentally appropriate, play-based approach to early learning. Waldorf programs offer regular, structured routines. Imaginative and creative activities such as music, singing, art, dance, puppetry, and dramatic play are emphasized.
Waldorf early childhood education allows time for creative play, and young students learn to play together. They also enjoy storytime, puppetry, drawing, dancing, and singing. The method focuses on teaching through experience. Students learn by doing.
- Computers and digital technology are not found in Waldorf programs. Instead, Waldorf education emphasizes the experience of the real and natural world.
- Children focus on experiences and routines. They learn to observe, experience, and interact with each other and their world. Waldorf children observe the same routine every day. Routine gives children security and structure and helps to increase learning.
- Waldorf programs feature all-natural materials. Children create their own toys, learning materials, and books. Storytelling and time in nature are important parts of daily routines. There is no plastic in a Waldorf classroom. All furniture, toys, and learning tools are made of wood and other natural materials.