Trust and Wonder

A Waldorf Approach to Caring for Infants and Toddlers

Eldbjorg Gjessing Paulsen

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An kindergarten teacher shares her extensive experience of integrating children under three into a Waldorf kindergarten.

229 x 153 mm
WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America)
Steiner-Waldorf Education; WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America)
11 b/w photographs
124 pages
Publication date:
01 Jan 2011


What do infants and toddlers need from us?

It is said that human beings learn more in the first three years than in the next thirty. With the utmost reverence for this amazing period of life, a firm grounding in anthroposophy, and many practical examples, an experienced Waldorf kindergarten teacher and mentor here offers the fruits of her many years of living and working with the youngest children.

This concise, accessible book is written out of the author's experience with integrating children under three into a Waldorf kindergarten in Norway. Perfect for a parent/child group study, or for schools considering how to integrate infants and toddlers in their program, it includes sections on the fourfold human being as a basis for Waldorf education; stages of child development in the first three years; the importance of imitation; the development of the foundational senses; creating a good daily routine; play and play materials; and much more.


Eldbjørg Gjessing Paulsen was born in 1951 in Trondheim, Norway. She founded Stjerneglimt Waldorf Kindergarten in Arendal, Norway in 1984, and has been there ever since. She was the representative for Norway for twelve years in the international Waldorf early childhood association, IASWECE, and she spends time mentoring children in Cape Town, South Africa, every year.

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