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What Is a Waldorf Kindergarten?

2nd Edition

Foreword by Joan Almon Selected and Introduced by Sharifa Oppenheimer

112 pp.  
7 1/2" x 9"
Illustrations: 57 Color

Lindisfarne Books


Published:  October 2015



"Baking, washing, sweeping, mending, singing, painting! Imagine the scent of bread baking, the warm sudsy water for washing the dishes, the muscle power of sweeping, the fine eye-hand coordination of mending and sewing. Imagine the visual education in the dancing watercolors. And if you have had the great pleasure of sitting in the midst of children’s creative, imaginative play, you will know the happy sound at the heart of this beehive of activity.

"All this beauty given to the children is “nutritional.” Their senses are stimulated, and through free movement and imitation of the adult the experience is digested. It then becomes their own, nourishing their growth toward freedom."

Sharifa Oppenheimer


Foreword by Joan Almon

I. An Overview of the Waldorf Kindergarten

Introductions by Sharifa Oppenheimer

1. "A Day in the Life of the Kindergarten" by Ingeborg Schöttner

2. "Handwork in the Kindergarten" by Dora Dolder

3. "Human Development through Art" by Freya Jaffke

4. "Circle Time in the Kindergarten" by Nancy Foster

5. "Fairy Tales and the Image of the Human Being" by Helmut von Kügelglen

6. "Choosing Fairy Tales for Different Ages" by Joan Almon

7. "The Seasons and Their Festivals" by Joan Almon

II. A Deeper Understanding of the Waldorf Kindergarten

Introductions by Sharifa Oppenheimer

1. "Stages of Development in Early Childhood" by Freya Jaffke

2. "Kindergarten Education with Mixed-Age Groups" by Freya Jaffke

3. "The Significance of Imitation in the Development of the Will" by Freya Jaffke

4. "Considerations about Kindergarten Readiness" by Joan Almon

Afterword: "Meeting the Needs of the Times" by Cynthia K. Aldinger


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  • Free to Learn : Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Care and Education (2nd Edition)
  • Heaven on Earth : A Handbook for Parents of Young Children
  • Waldorf Kindergartens Today
  • Baking Bread with Children
  • The Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book
  • Pumpkin Soup and Cherry Bread : A Steiner-Waldorf Kindergarten Cookbook

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