Waldorf Early Education (Pre K to Kindergarten) focuses on play based learning… children learn through structured and unstructured play, storytelling, verses and circle-time. I have often watched my Kindergartener and his friends at play… they will position a wood plank on a log and roll a Liquid Amber seed down their ramp into a hole they have dug in the sand. They will have great fun. Then, they will put another log on top of the first log to see how fast they can get their ball to run down the now-steeper ramp. They will put another log under the lower end of the plank… they will fill the hole with water… on and on. I have marveled at how much they are learning through this exploritary play.
Here is an interesting article from the The New York Times that highlights this very topic:
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