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The First Seven Years

Physiology of Childhood

Edmond Schoorel Foreword by Joan W. Almon

282 pp.  
6" x 9"
Illustrations: 63 b/w charts and drawings




In this book, Dr. Edmond Schoorel looks at childhood from the perspective of physiological development describes the landscape we encounter when rearing children. It is clear that a one-year-old requires a different approach from that needed to raise a healthy four-year-old, who displays psychological differences, as well as differences in his or her stage of physical and biological development. Meanwhile, the Western lifestyle does not make it easy for young children. They are continuously encouraged to become consumers and to develop a demanding, even commanding, attitudes rather than encountering the world with admiration, wonder, curiosity, and imagination.

This book shows that the first seven years of childhood should occur in a free space without concern or anxiety about the future. During these early years, everything is provisional. Children and their caregivers should be preparing seeds for the child’s future and the future of the world.

This book provides the background of this singular period of development. The First Seven Years is intended to be read by preschool and kindergarten teachers, parents and prospective, grandparents, and any others who can benefit by knowing more about the laws and secrets of the first seven years.

  • “Edmond Schoorel explains the young child's physiology for parents and teachers from a wide perspective, then brings it down to practical details when he writes about the naughty or forgetful child. Diverse topics—such as the birthing process, children's drawings, the physiology of speech and hearing, the physiology of curiosity—are shown in a new light to aid and renew our creativity as educators. This wonderful book has a helpful summary at the end of each chapter and an index. Warmly recommended for everyone who has an interest in young children.” —Christa van Tellingen, M.D.

    “This book may well become the new study text for Waldorf early childhood educators. It looks deeply into the nature of the fourfold human being and the processes of transformation that characterize child development in the first seven years of life. Dr. Schoorel's book bridges the gap between education and medicine. I highly recommend it to anyone concerned with the healthy growth and development of the very young.” —Rena Osmer, Director of Early Childhood Education, Rudolf Steiner College

  • Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Joan Almon
  • Preface
  • Introduction: The Twofold, Threefold, and Fourfold Nature of the Human Being
  1. The Importance of the First Seven Years for the Rest of Life
  2. Pictures of the Ether Body
  3. Birth of the Ether Body
  4. Helpers with Perceiving: The Twelve Senses and Their Development
  5. Helpers with Becoming Human
  6. Helpers with Individualization
  • Epilogue
  • Glossary
  • Notes
  • For Further Reading
  • Index

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