My friends, Cice introduced me with her project to help build kindergarten school near my house. She is an artist, so she helps to decorate and paint the school. It was really interesting to see the school, since it has been different than other kindergarten. We only see playground with plants, no swing or slide there. In their classroom, their choose wood, pine cone, or branch to decorate the room. Cice introduced me with Kak Kenny, who owned the school. We talk about this Waldorf Education and make me really interest with their approach. I began to come in their study group, read their books, and also search about their school. Waldorf education offers something that I want to do with kids near me, like do some nature things, minimalist gadgets from kids, and also help children to survive when they become adults.
So what is Waldorf Education? Waldorf education is a unique and distinctive approach of education which is responsive to the developmental phases in childhood and the nurturing of independent thought and imagination that encourage creativity and free thinking. Waldorf education was developed by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) at the beginning of the 20th century. That’s why they also called Waldorf School as Steiner School.
The best overall statement on what is unique about Waldorf education is to be found in the stated goals of the schooling: “to produce individuals who are able, in and of themselves, to impart meaning to their lives”. It just like to help children to choose and responsible their own path in the future.
I got a lot of insight when I came to their study group and make me want to help this school with what I can do. I know maybe for other countries, this is not new, but for me, for Indonesia, this is new approach. I just know one kindergarten in Yogyakarta that uses this approach. In Bandung, next year there is one school, Jagad Alit kindergarten that has his approach.
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