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How is reading taught in a waldorf school?

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How is reading taught in a Waldorf school? Why do Waldorf students wait until 2nd grade to begin learning to read?

Waldorf education is deeply bound up with the oral tradition,(of Europe) typically beginning with the teacher telling the children fairy tales throughout kindergarten and first grade (All very Eurocentric which is inappropriate in Aotearoa NZ) The oral approach is used all through Waldorf education: mastery of oral communication is seen as being integral to all learning (they pay little heed to the oral traditions of our country).

Reading instruction, as such, is deferred. Instead, writing is taught first (nonsensical in the extreme). During the first grade year the children explore how our alphabet came about (German at Christchurch), discovering, as the ancients did, how each letter’s form evolved out of a pictograph. Writing thus evolves out of the children’s art, and their ability to read likewise evolves as a natural and, indeed, comparatively effortless stage of their mastery of language (my step-daughter needed private tuition).

So much for the natural and effortless way in which steiner schools teach children to read. You can read more here at waldorf answers.