The learning goal of this course is to enrich and enliven teaching approaches,
starting with the insights of Rudolf Steiner a century ago and then linking
these to more recent research and methods. We will examine the foundations of
healthy development that occur through movement, and experience how these
foundations can be joyfully built through ‘old time’ gym, schoolyard and backyard games once played by children all over the world.
Thousands of such activities are to be found in books for gym teachers and
recreation directors published between 1910 and 1950.
Each day will include five hours of movement and two hours of supporting
pedagogical theory. Sessions will include techniques for identifying needs, planning lessons around
individual or class problems, sensory integration, addressing specific
academic/developmental goals. The emphasis will be on activities for grades 1
to 4, but we will also experience how these transform for older classes.
Following is an outline of the course content.
A resource for teachers and parents who want to provide a path to healthy
development through age-appropriate movement activities…
… inspired by
Games & Movement Categories:
Rough and Tumble Play… Wrestling Games… Development of Throwing & Catching…
Active/Exercise… Danger/Pursuit… Circle/Musical/Clapping… Party/Quiet/Blindfold… Enrichment Activities and Remedial Sequences
A New Model for the Waldorf Circus:
Low- or No-Spotting Gymnastics Skills… Acrobatics… Zoo Exercises – Mat Agilities… Circus Skills… Apparatus & obstacle course… Tumbling Games
Workup Games for Sports
Baseball variations… Tennis… Volleyball… Aussie rules football
Pedagogical Lectures and Seminars
• A system of categories of movement
• Fourfold human being; Twelve senses
• Hope, Love and Faith: applying Rudolf Steiner’s Pedagogical Law
• Postural control in the light of Anthroposophy
• Sixteen keys to developmental movement needs; Learning challenges & mainstream labels
• Developing/promoting a movement program - and how to communicate your goals
Sidebar topics: Competition; Teasing; the Olympics model; Comparative movement
needs of boys and girls
Remedial & Artistic Activities
Including: Shaded drawing • Painting handwriting
Sunday, June 23, 2013
7:30 Introductory lecture
Monday through Saturday
8:30 Warm-up activity
9:00 Pedagogical lecture
11:00 Gym/Games Activity
2:00 Gym/Games Activity
4:00 Gym/Games Activity
5:30 Dinner & break
7:00 Daily review, artistic, review previous evening's lecture
Sunday, June 30
8:30 Warm-up activity
9:00 Seminar: summing up
10:30 Closing & good-byes
Tuition is $700, lodging and meals not included.
A variety of options is available, including camping, billeting in nearby homes,
bed & breakfasts, and area hotels. We will help you set this up, on a first-come,
A dinner will be offered Sunday through Saturday; the cost for this will
probably be $85 for the week. For breakfasts and lunches, you will be welcome
to use the school kitchen (including refrigerator, freezer, etc.). There are
many stores and restaurants nearby.
If you have questions about this course, please email me at
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