From lectures given by Joan Almon, former co-chair of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America, in Bangkok, Thailand in August 1995 and September 1996

     If you want the arrow to go forward, you have to pull the bow backward. Another image would be like a caterpillar who turns into a beautiful butterfly. We cannot take the caterpillar and pull its wings out. We have to let the caterpillar take its time and spin a cocoon and then gradually awaken as a butterfly that can fly freely in the sun.

     The education of the child is very similar. If we are respectful of the laws of child development, then we begin the child more slowly as if in a cocoon so that it can experience all the moments of early childhood and then gradually begins to grow free and spreads its wings as an individual ready to meet the modern world.





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