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From the book: The First Seven Years

Insights and Indications on Early Childhood†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1

††††††††††† Wholly Sense Organ†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1

††††††††††† Avoiding Pre-Mature Intellectuality†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 5

††††††††††† Imitation and Early Childhood††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6

††††††††††† The Teacherís Task††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7

††††††††††† The Educational Importance of Play††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† 9

††††††††††† Three Phases of Early Childhood†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 12

††††††††††† The Formative Forces†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† 12

††††††††††† The First Two and a Half Years††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 14

††††††††††† The Child Absorbing the Influences in its Environment†††††††††††††† 14

††††††††††† Baby Talk, Forced Premature Standing and Walking††††††††††††††††† 15

††††††††††† The Years Two and a Half to Five††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 15

††††††††††† Toys that Work with the Childís Imagination†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 16

††††††††††† The Fifth Year Onward††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 17

A Healthy Home Life for the Kindergarten Child††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 18

††††††††††† Activities†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 19

††††††††††† Bedtime††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 20

††††††††††† Clothing†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 21

††††††††††† Manners and Behavior†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 22

††††††††††† Speaking with the Young Child†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 23

††††††††††† Media and Television†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† 26

The Role of the Story in a Waldorf School†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 28

The Pedagogical Value of Housework†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 31

The Pedagogical Value of Ringtime and Circle Games††††††††††††††††††††† 33