This is from Michele:
Dear Ben,
After I read this link about learning to read in Waldorf, I wrote a letter to our local school about how well I would fit in there as a language teacher! I couldn’t believe the parallels.
[Ed. note: Below is the part that jumped out for me personally. I believe this to my core and I believe that all our classroom efforts with CI should be in this direction, the direction of the heart]:
…just as a normal, healthy child will learn to walk without our teaching her, and just as a child miraculously learns to speak her native language by the age of three without lessons, worksheets or a dictionary, so will a child naturally learn to read when she has a positive relationship with the spoken and written word….



4 thoughts on “Waldorf”

  1. Wonderful article! My son is in his second year at the Waldorf preschool in our town (luckily just 4 blocks away!) and we’re so happy he gets to play outside so much (vs doing academically oriented tasks). How could anyone grow up in our extremely text-rich world and not learn to read, unless they’ve been implicitly taught that reading sucks?
    Search on Chris Stolz’ blog for a great comparison between Waldorf and TPRS. Also Judy shared a wonderful essay a couple years ago on the topic of reading, which is on her blog, something “A Thousand Rivers”… it’s the best I’ve ever read on the issue of reading.

  2. I teach in a public charter Waldorf high school. The pay sucks but I (now we, we’re growing and I have a wonderful colleague) have 100% academic freedom. Ben

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