There are more than 500 independent Waldorf schools in 32 countries. Though each one is unique, a visitor would observe several common characteristics which distinguish the Waldorf approach to learning. Most notable among these would be how the curriculum directly responds to each phase of child development.
During the elementary years, it is the educator’s task to transform all that the child needs to know about the world into the language of the imagination—encouraging wonder, curiosity, reverence, and a love of learning. This principle lies at the heart of the most common features which distinguish Waldorf from other forms of education: