Things to know before you press play
What is WECAN?
WECAN is the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America, which provides all kinds of wonderful resources for parents, professional caregivers, and teachers about Waldorf early childhood. WECAN is also the publisher of our book Beginning Well, which gives inspiring guidance about how we can mindfully care for our children.
What is Waldorf Education?
Waldorf education was founded by RUDOLF STEINER, (1861-1925). Rudolf Steiner is particularly well known for his influence in creating a holistic understanding of children and their developmental stages. Steiner started from the premise that unique personality traits already exist in babies and infants, and that each child enters the world with an autonomous will to live and to learn. Steiner’s goals for parents arise from respecting the child’s individuality. Parents can help their children develop their individuality step by step by looking at the child himself. And because the young child learns through example and imitation, the best way we adults can educate the child is through educating ourselves. For more, please click here …
A personal note from Pia Dögl, Parent Coach & founder of Beginning Well Everyday
Why Waldorf Education is important to me
and how it has influenced my work
The beauty of Waldorf Education is that each child is recognized as an individual. As a former Waldorf student, I am convinced that we all come here for a particular reason and with unique potential. My search for what’s meaningful in my life brought me to my heart’s desire, which is to foster the precious potential of children and the peaceful well-being of the whole family.
Waldorf education helped me to deeply understand our daughter’s needs and behavior, to trust her will to learn, and her endless creative potential to change this world for the better. What I also learned is that the only way to educate my child is through self-education, because the young child learns through example & imitation. To practice self-education is both: my daily challenge and my daily opportunity. For more about Waldorf Education, please click here …
Who was Dr. Emmi Pikler? & What is the Pikler Approach?
More can be found here.