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Writing to Reading the Steiner Waldorf Way

Foundations of Creative Literacy in Classes 1 and 2


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SKU: 9781907359880 ISBN: 9781907359880
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‘This is a book not just for those working in Steiner Schools. It offers a richer view of what it means to develop literacy with young children. It is a little gem glittering in the dark night of current educational thinking about early education.’ – Pie Corbett, co-developer of Talk for Writing, English educational trainer, writer, and poet.

This theory and practice-based book outlines the foundations for creative literacy and teaching children how to write and read in Classes 1 and 2, or UK Years 2 and 3. It explores how Steiner/Waldorf pedagogy dovetails with mainstream primary approaches and specialist dyslexia-friendly methods. There is no ‘one size fits all’ best way. However, Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf education offers a holistic, active and creative approach based on the foundation of children’s spoken language development. The child discovers their own voice through movement, form drawing and storytelling. The magic of the alphabet is invoked in sound, story and image. Children tell stories and then write them down, which leads organically into reading.

  • How to teach writing and reading using Steiner/Waldorf principles and methods.
  • Draws on Waldorf pedagogy, best practice mainstream primary methods, and specialist dyslexia techniques.
  • Gives teachers the theory to introduce literacy with confidence.
  • Tried and tested easy-to-use lesson plans with assessment & feedback tips, movement, games, and activities.
  • Includes drawings, photos, diagrams, and examples of children’s work.
  • Comprehensive glossary, appendices, bibliography, index, word lists, and suggested stories.

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Weight0.87 kg

Abi Allanson, Nicky Teensma






352 pages


Colour illustrations throughout

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246 × 189 mm