Recent Research and Publications

The Singing, Playing Kindergarten, Daniel Udo de Haes, translated by Barbara Mees.  

By the author of The Creative Word, this thought-provoking book takes up the question of the nature and significance of traditional singing games, and how they can be played in an age-appropriate way with young children.  
The deep esoteric meaning of these seemingly simple games is brought to light, and a convincing argument is made for the importance of a gradual and healthy awakening from the "childhood dream." Delightful examples from the author's Dutch heritage are included, many newly translated into English.

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Creating Connections:  Perspectives on Parent-and-Child Work in Waldorf Early Childhood Education,
edted by Susan Weber and Kimberly Lewis.

A special and very important part of early childhood work is explored through a range of topics and perspectives, including several from parents.  Contributors include Lisa Bono, Kirsten Carr, Nancy Foster, Sam Greshoff, Lauren Hickman, Kelly Hill, Holly Koteen-Soule, Kimberly Lewis, Nancy Macalester, Dorothy Marlen, Marilyn Pelrine, Nancy Richard, Joe Robertson, Jane Swain, Susan Weber, and Sarah Wiberg.

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Para Los Niños Del Mundo: Cuentos y recetas de la Asociacion Internacional para la Educacion Infantil

A Spanish edition of For the Children of the World: Stories and Recipes from the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education. This edition has been produced in association with Editorial Rudolf Steiner, Madrid. Proceeds benefit the work of IASWECE on behalf of children around the world.

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School Readiness Today, originally published in German by the Pedagogical Section of the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland.

The book gathers important new research on the transition from kindergarten to school. This research was presented at a colloquium at the Goetheanum in February, 2013, hosted by the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE). It offers valuable insights into healthy child development in relation to school entrance, including color reproductions of children’s drawings that illustrate this developmental stage in a fascinating and very concrete way.

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From Kindergarten in to the Grades: Insights from Rudolf Steiner, edited by Ruth Ker.

This collection of selected excerpts from Rudolf Steiner’s writings and lectures offers insights into the great transformation that takes place in children around the time of the change of teeth, as they make the step from kindergarten to school.

Prepared as study material for the international Waldorf educators’ conference taking place in Dornach, Switzerland in 2015, it will serve as an important resource for early childhood educators and their colleagues in the grade school, who must work together to understand and support children as they go through this second “birth.”

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