The Seasonal Festivals in Early Childhood

Seeking the Universally Human

Edited by Nancy Foster

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A collection of articles, stories, songs, circle games and puppet plays that offer thoughtful reflections on the cycle of the year.

274 x 214 mm
WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America)
Steiner-Waldorf Education; WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America)
162 pages
Publication date:
01 Jan 2010


This collection of articles, stories, songs, circles, and puppet plays provides thoughtful reflections on the cycle of the year and on the nature of each season, along with many practical ideas and materials to bring into the classroom.

Many of the beautiful festival celebrations we may think of as 'Waldorf' originated not in the first Waldorf schools, but in the European cultural and religious tradition in which they were embedded. This presents a challenge for us today as we both strive to renew our celebration of the seasons of the year, bringing the healing forces of a rhythmic life to the children, and work to welcome and include fully every child and their family, whatever their background.

This book has contributions from many experienced Waldorf educators, including Freya Jaffke, Joan Almon, Holly Koteen-Soulé, Steve Spitalny, Helle Heckmann, Nancy Foster, Barbara Klocek, Cecilia Karpoff, and Marjorie Thatcher.


'I can imagine this becoming a well-thumbed book in many schools and settings, and recommend it to you as a thought-provoking treasure trove.'
-- Jill Tina Taplin, New View


Nancy Foster was a long-time teacher at Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten and Nursery in Silver Spring, Maryland, and continues to be active in WECAN and in teacher education. She is the editor of Mentoring in Waldorf Early Childhood Education.

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