Well I Wonder

Childhood in the Modern World, a Handbook for Parents, Teachers and Carers

By Sally Schweizer

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Guides the reader through the stages of childhood development and explains children's need of daily rhythm, movement and play. The author emphasizes the importance of guarding the quality of imagination, and indicates the significance of festivals and celebrations.

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Rudolf Steiner Press

Rudolf Steiner Press is an independent publishing company and registered charity. Their editorial brief is to publish books that further spiritual science, or anthroposophy, as founded by the Austrian thinker Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Their titles are for general readers, with the main focus being on the books and published lectures of Rudolf Steiner. In addition they publish introductory books as well as more specialist research.

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'Have we come to misunderstand children? Have we forgotten that children's consciousness, their minds, are intrinsically different from ours? And is that why we are trying to train them to become 'adult', rather than realizing we need to relearn our way of thinking in order to understand children?' Given the fast pace of modern life, traditional qualities associated with childhood - imagination, play, wonder...fun! - are in danger of being left behind. Surrounded by technology and pressured into early learning, the modern child is often bounced between the 'entertainment' of television and computer games and the premature intellectualization of early reading and school tests. Sally Schweizer calls for a new evaluation of childhood and an awakening to the real needs of children. As a mother of four, and having spent more than three decades working in education (as a kindergarten teacher, teacher-trainer and advisor), she is well qualified to ask questions and offer solutions. "Well, I Wonder" is packed with practical advice, anecdotes, humour and delightful quotes from the children Schweizer has taught.


Her approach is based on the study and practice of Rudolf Steiner's educational philosophy, but she writes from personal, first-hand knowledge gained from her long experience. Schweizer guides the reader through the stages of childhood development and explains children's need of daily rhythm, movement and play. She emphasizes the importance of guarding the quality of imagination, and indicates the significance of festivals and celebrations. She offers helpful tips and wise advice throughout this well-illustrated book, which also features an 8-page colour section on the evolution of children's drawings.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Rudolf Steiner Press
Publication Date 17 Oct 2006
ISBN 9781855841246
Number of Pages 232

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