The early formative years

Two And a Half To Five Years

Play is more focused at this time. Around three years of age the first fantasy play appears- a wonderful stage of “make believe” and “let’s pretend”. This is a milestone in child development. Children of this age have the ability to transform their environment into what they need for their world of play. For them, reality and fantasy are interwoven, they cannot separate the two. The house built under the table becomes a real house for them.
How does this work? Young children absorb their surroundings as sense impressions. Their life forces are still so vibrant that these sense pictures continue to live within the child in such a way that the child re- experiences them fully. Then, he “joins in” with his experience, reenacting in his play bits and pieces or entire events that he has witnessed. Because his images are so alive, he needs only a simple table or toy to “be there”. For young children, this is all very real.
If we adults wanted to copy someone else’s actions as exactly, we would have to observe the person carefully over time and use our thinking to achieve the results we wanted. But a child instinctively takes in a scene as a whole picture and responds with an imitation that is more accurate than any adult could ever achieve. Children at this age need toys they can transform as they play. In the preschool/ kindergarten we have such toys – baskets of shells, pine cones, wood, silk and cotton cloths, puppets. When children play with toys that can become something else as their play changes, they learn to work with and live in their environment. They actually “become” the shopkeeper, the farmer, and various professions of life. We have noticed they rarely want to play being a child of their own age – a baby or an adult perhaps but usually not someone their own age.

(Beyond the Rainbow Bridge)

Educating the Child in the 21st Century- Mr. G Manivannan (12-16 May 2018)


Aarambh Waldorf School invites you to participate in its signature learning event of the year, a series of workshops on “Educating the Child in the 21st Century” for parents, teachers and individuals interested in education from 12-16 May 2018. 

The workshops are facilitated by our mentor from Bangalore – Mr. G Manivannan, founder trustee of Bangalore Steiner School, a teacher trainer and a parent educator.

The workshop provides insights on teaching children in a way so that they can enjoy to learn lifelong and grow into responsible, independent adults willing to help society. Given the fast changing world, Waldorf education aims to prepare children to take the initiative in this uncertain world. In the workshop, we explore and experience the key concepts of Waldorf education including the three fold human being, seven year cycles of development, the twelve senses, the four temperaments, classroom management and more. The workshops are highly interactive and experiential to give participants a window into Waldorf education.

Every year we have seen enthusiastic participation from parents, teachers and those interested in education –  they leave with new perspectives, deep insights and uplifted spirits.


I attended Mani sir’s workshop about 4 years back, when I hadn’t thought of becoming a teacher (or a parent). I was already working with children, adolescents and teachers in various schools. I always felt a need to develop personal connect with children more deeply and also with their families. The five-day workshop was one of the important turning points in my life. I had never heard of small children learning through ‘imitation from adults’. I always thought we all, including children of various ages, learn mostly through ‘understanding’ ‘reasoning’ and ‘fun’. It dawned upon me the simplicity and truthfulness behind the statement. Small children do not need technology, ‘fun games’, and constant external stimulation to learn, children can learn organically through pure observation when there is positive role modeling by close adults. I understood what ‘age appropriate’ education truly means and how we adapt ourselves and work with children at home and in school as our children grow older and their needs change. Every year since then I have ensured that I attend some small part of the training even though its repeated.” Teacher at Aarambh

“Mr. Manivannan is a natural orator, teacher and singer. He uses some very interesting personal anecdotes to compliment the Waldorf theory sessions and has the capacity to spellbind his audience through his wonderful narration of songs and stories. It’s been a genuine pleasure to know such a great soul.” Parent at Aarambh

The Open House will be on May 12th followed by a two day and also a five day intensive workshop.

1. Open House: May 12th, 9:30-1 pm (pay what you can)

2. Two day workshop: May 12th – May 13th, 9 – 3:30 pm (INR 2,000)

3.  Five day workshop: May 12th – May 16th,  9 – 3:30 pm (INR 5,000. Early bird discount of INR 500 for registrations before April 20th)

To reserve your spot, please send an email to latest by April 30th. We regret that we will not be taking on the spot registrations for the 2 day or 5 day sessions.

Please also help us share this information in your network for other interested parents, teachers and educators. The Facebook event page is

"Receive the children in reverence, educate them in love, send them forth in freedom."