Term 1 program
“Our highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.”
― Rudolf Steiner
Artistic activity: Singing
Join us for an experience of choral singing simple accompanied songs and rounds, moving to three and four part harmonies.
Lecture and discussion: Introduction to Steiner Education.
We begin this course with an overview of Rudolf Steiner’s educational philosophy.
Education today places a great emphasis upon developing the intellect alone. In Steiner Education the goal is not to impart knowledge for its own sake, but to cultivate an inner attitude that encourages a lively unfolding of what it means to be truly human. Through an understanding of Steiner’s picture of child development, we will discuss how this educational philosophy meets the rich unfolding of a child’s humanity.
It considers the key characteristics of Steiner education including:
• the four fold nature of the human being;
• the stages of child development through the early childhood, primary and high school years;
• the class teacher period;
• the rhythm of the day and week;
• the faculties of thinking, feeling and willing;
• the Main Lesson;
• the integrated teaching methodologies unique to Steiner education; and
• the inner development of the teacher.
This course is for parents, educators and anyone seeking to understand the main principles underlying Steiner education.