Writing

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Children begin to write in Class 1 (age 6-7 years). This is currently regarded by some as being quite ‘late’, however it permits a prolonged period in which to absorb the richness of language at an age when children are particularly receptive and impressionable. Within Waldorf education it is considered that the significance of using this early period in children’s lives to gain a natural, intuitive feeling for the spoken word cannot be underestimated, and that the intellectual task of writing and reading should follow slightly later. Furthermore 5 years of age is too young for many children who may then become discouraged by their first steps in education.

 

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