Why Waldorf Works?

In Barbara Sokolov’s article, There’s More to Reading than Meets the Eye, she looks closely at both Waldorf and non-Waldorf approaches to reading. She states, “Besides the
superficial process of decoding words on a page, there is a corresponding inner activity that must be cultivated for true reading to occur. Waldorf teachers call it “living into the story.” When a child is living into a story, she forms imaginative inner pictures in response to the words. The ability to form mental images and to understand the context of what is being read gives meaning to the process of reading. Without this ability, a child may well be able to decode the words on a page, but he will remain functionally illiterate. Sokolov has taught in public, parochial, and a Waldorf School. Click here to read the full article.

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