Welcome to Creative Math for Children!
This website is dedicated to the brilliant way Waldorf Education teaches mathematics to children around the globe.
Develop excellent numeracy skills in young children with joy and inspiration! (Grade 1-3)
Adults are intellectual beings and sometimes struggle to comprehend that a young child learning about numbers for the first time has no idea what one is…or two or three for that matter. They will use abstract language and terms to try and explain assuming the child can think and argue like they do.
The important thing to remember is that young children do not think intellectually at all. If you look at the developmental phases of the growing human being as defined by Rudolf Steiner, causal (intellectual) thinking only really starts during puberty. Imagine trying to explain something to someone in a foreign language that they don’t understand. Then you will gain an idea of what the young ones are facing when presented with intellectual concepts. They will memorize whatever math they are given and even do well but there will be no real understanding of the mathematical activities. The numbers will belong to a mysterious world that just doesn’t make any sense.
Unfortunately, most schools and teachers present math to young children intellectually. Interest and enthusiasm wane and often result in the child being forced to do math. As a result many negative associations toward math start here and can escalate in some cases to the point, where children who otherwise would have been good at math, become completely unable to do math at all. The reason not being their ability but their aversion towards numbers. This is nothing less than a tragedy since mathematics is one of the most beautiful languages the Creator has given us to comprehend the underlying harmony and perfection of this beautiful world we call our home.
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What Are Numbers? – Songbook!
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Here you will find valuable information about Waldorf Education.
The Developmental Phases of Childhood:
What’s in store for the future…
– A comprehensive discussion and layout of the Waldorf Arithmetic Curriculum – Foundation Phase (Grade 1-3)
– A three-year teaching plan incorporating all aspects.
– Lesson plans and content
– Clapping rhythms
– Free resources