Steiner Inspired Playgroup
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A Steiner inspired playgroup is a place where adults and their young children, usually between the ages of 0 – 4 years meet for a couple of hours a week in a home-like environment. The activities of the morning emphasize respect, reverence and wonder for nature and human existence. This provides an ideal model worthy of the young child’s unconscious imitation.
In the study of human development by Rudolf Steiner, he indicated that the young child experiences the world predominantly through the senses rather than the intellect. Of the twelve senses, the four foundation senses of touch, life, movement and balance are consciously worked with by the playgroup leader to create an atmosphere of quality and beauty. Rhythm is a vital component of the playgroup morning and is brought to the child through wholesome activities both inside and out such as: nature walks, free play, food preparation, craft, gardening, songs and stories.
A Steiner inspired playgroup is for the parent who is searching to understand their child and themselves and who wishes to join other families with similar values. The innocent, dreamy quality of childhood is nurtured, allowing the young child time to strengthen inner forces. There is no intentional teaching to prematurely stimulate the intellect.
This article provides a lengthy description on how to operate a Steiner inspired playgroup. Click here to find a Steiner inspired playgroup and child care service in Australia or register your service here for free.