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Waldorf Education and Growing Up with Norse Myths

Waldorf Education

Waldorf Education

Waldorf education, founded by Rudolf Steiner, is based on a philosophy that considers the cognitive, emotional, and social development of children in distinct age phases. As someone new to Waldorf philosophy, I initially struggled to grasp the subtle changes marking a child's journey through different age groups. The idea of distinct phases seemed a bit idealistic and abstract. However, it wasn't until I started teaching a group of fourth-graders that I began to see the truth unfold.

Phases in Waldorf Education

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Children transition gradually through these phases at ages 3-6, 6-8, and 8-10 years. Waldorf educators ensure age-appropriate learning experiences by understanding the evolving needs of each phase.

Further, this approach aims to provide children with the right lessons at the right time, facilitating optimal brain development and a deeper understanding of the world around them.

Crossing the Rubicon

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In the 8-10 age group, typically during grade 4, children undergo a notable phase marked by uncertainty and fear of new experiences, referred to as "crossing the Rubicon." Waldorf educators recognize and address this phase, offering support to help children comprehend that challenges are a shared human experience, nurturing empathy and interconnectedness.

Waldorf Block Studies

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Waldorf education also incorporates block studies, which covers different topics and subjects through out the year. These serve as experiential tools to help children as per their age consciousness. In Grade 4, the introduction of Norse Mythology exposes children to diverse characters, each representing various sides of human nature. Children experience a different number representation through Fractions. They also experience the similarities and differences between human and animals through science block. They experience their existence through Geography block.

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Overcoming the fear through Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology functions as an educational tool during this period, portraying powerful gods struggling with difficulties and even death while undertaking actions that may seem confusing. The stories, featuring characters with traits like trickiness, strength, anger, or cleverness, provide valuable lessons about the intricate nature of real-life individuals.

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Overall, this narrative contributes to the development of resilience and understanding. By connecting these lessons to real-life characters, children learn and also develop the ability to relate and apply these insights in their lives unconsciously.



To Conclude

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In a nutshell, Waldorf education is a special way of teaching that truly makes a difference. I understand how children grow and change, guiding them through beautiful learning experiences that make them kinder and stronger. Using blocks as an awesome tool adds interesting layers to learning, showcasing the thought that goes into making school a great place for children to learn and enjoy.

A.P. Dhivya
Waldorf educator

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