Renewal of Literacy

Question E: Are Steiner Educators Trained in Explicit Analytic Phonics Instruction?

Would it be accurate that Steiner educators from your experience are trained in the use of whole-class, explicit analytic phonics instruction but that this is introduced after they have developed skills around rhyme, alliteration, syllables, onset/rime and compound words with the children? 

In my experience, it is difficult to generalize other than to say that most Steiner educators are using a variant of Whole Language–which may or may not include aspects from other approaches. Most Waldorf teachers realize that the Whole Language they have is inadequate and do additional research to figure out what else to teach and how to teach it.

About the Author Jennifer Militzer-Kopperl