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Under the Stars

The Foundations of Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Education

Foreword by Renate Long-Breipohl and Janni Nicol

240 pp.  

Hawthorn Press


Published:  December 2012


Under the Stars is a profound and practical anthology on the principles and methods of Waldorf early-childhood education. The purpose is to help early-years educators deepen their insights into Steiner's inspiring, holistic understanding of children. Rather than providing recipes, the book presents the author's thought-provoking insights and principles that arise from lifelong work in kindergarten education. He ideas will free educators to transform their ways of observing children, their practice, and their self-development.


  • Recognizing and nurturing the life forces of the young child.
  • Thinking and the consciousness of the young child.
  • The development and the education of the will, including an appendix on moral education in early childhood.
  • Relationships in early childhood: attachment, separation, individualisation. Children in the modern world.
  • Supporting movement development in the early years.
  • Self-directed play in early childhood.
  • Art experiences in early childhood education.
  • Self development and child observation.
  • Incarnation as a guide to self development.

Related Titles

Related Titles by Subject:

Waldorf & Special Needs Education ; Waldorf & Special Needs Education: Early Childhood and Waldorf & Special Needs Education: General