Rudolf Steiner developed the Steiner curriculum in the early 20th century. It respects the essential nature of childhood, develops faculties rather than merely delivering information and encourages a healthy attitude to learning throughout life.
Steiner was a scientist, educationalist and philosopher who recognised that it's not only what we learn that matters, but when and how we learn.
Life stages and the unique individual
Instead of requiring the child to conform to what may be convenient for teachers and timetables, he saw that the growing and evolving child passed through different life stages and devised a comprehensive curriculum that supported the child's needs at the different stages.
In this way, he developed an ethos of teaching children to know and love the world and their fellow human beings. It is this that makes Steiner education profoundly ecological and unique.
Harmony and Wonder
Within the Steiner system, thinking, feeling and the will are guided in a manner which creates harmony within the child. Teachers encourage the children to develop a deep sense of responsibility and care towards others, an ability to work together, and a deep wonder for the world.
Link to AWSNA – Why Waldorf Works