Supporting Self-Directed Play

in Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education

Renate Long-Breipohl

Photographs by Paulene Hanna and Sandra Busch



Reading Supporting Self-Directed Play is like watching blossoms burst open across the landscape in spring.  There is so much beauty, so much life , so much love on every page that the book opens the heart as it informs the mind and inspires the hands.

One of the most difficult things that I’ve found to do is to try to describe the life of a Waldorf kindergarten to someone who’s never seen it.  Somehow, no matter how accurate my (or anyone else’s) words might be, the essence has never seemed to convey what I had witnessed.  Now, here is a book that makes it clear what is so very special, so perfect for young children about a Waldorf kindergarten.

The color photos are paired beautifully with a descriptive text that really does lead you into the kindergarten at play time.  Here, in one small book, is support for anyone who wants to make the day bloom for children.  Here, too, is support for anyone who may have wondered why such an environment is so important to the health and future life of a growing human being.

Supporting Self-Directed Play is a healing drop of sanity, of beauty, truth and goodness, that I know will spread it’s ripples of life and love throughout the world.