Parents and Families

Waldorf early childhood education is not limited to what happens in a formal school setting. The home is the child’s first and most formative educational environment, and Waldorf educators strive to create a “home away from home” for the children in their care.

If we embrace the perspective that the child is a being of body, soul, and spirit, and draw inspiration from the insights that Rudolf Steiner offered out of his spiritual and scientific research into the nature of the human being, this will transform how we live and work with children. Anyone can enter upon this path of learning and discovery, and find a sound basis for facing many of the challenges of raising a family in the world today.

Click here for a collection of useful and inspiring articles on pregnancy, childbirth, child development, education, and health, family life, and parenting on the Conscious Parenting Guide website.

Resources for the Corona-Virus Crisis 


Resources from the Waldorf Community: 

WECAN Suggestions for Parents of Young Children When School is Closed
How Do I Find and Create Goodness for My Children
Communicating with Children and Supporting Them in Difficult Times
Is the World a Good Place? Suggestions from the Kindergarten for you at Home
Suggestions for Parents for when the Kindergarten Needs to Close
You are not alone! Quarantine - the New Family Reality
Simplicity Parenting
How do we Stay Balanced in a Time of Uncertainty?
Just Let Them Play: An Alternative Approach to Schooling at Home
Support for Working through Flu (treatments which should help with coronavirus, too)
Breathing in the Time of a Pandemic

Corona Pandemic – Aspects and Perspectives

Other Resources for Families: 

How to Talk to Kids about Coronavirus
How to Stay Sane When Working from Home with Young Children
School is Closing. Now What?
How to Be a Quiet Adult: Five Tips to Encourage Child-Directed Play
Home with Kids? It’s Ok to Do Nothing
Managing Social Distancing with Young Children
Turn Your Demanding Child Into a Productive Co-Worker
How the Coronavirus is Influencing Children's Play

Activities for Children:

The Little Gnome Who Had to Stay Home
Handwashing and Bath Time Poems
10 Nature Activities to Help Get Your Family Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

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