By Rudolf Steiner
As early as 1884, whereas tutoring a boy with distinctive wishes, Steiner begun a lifelong curiosity in utilizing non secular wisdom to the sensible facets of existence. Steiner initially released the essay on the center of this booklet in 1907. It represents his earliest rules on schooling, within which he lays out the soul non secular approaches of human improvement, describing the necessity to know the way the being of a kid develops via successive "births," starting with the actual body's access into earthly existence, and culminating within the emergence of the I-being with maturity.
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Everything that must evolve in the etheric body before the seventh year—ideas, habits, memory, and so on—all of this must develop “by itself,” just as the eyes and ears develop within the mother-body without the influence of external light. The things that we read in Jean Paul’s excellent educational work, Levana or Science of Education, is no doubt true. He says that travelers have learned more from their nurses in their first years of life than they will in all of their journeys around the world.
He says that travelers have learned more from their nurses in their first years of life than they will in all of their journeys around the world. Children, however, do not learn by instruction or admonition, but through imitation. The physical organs shape themselves through the influence of the physical environment. Good sight will be developed in children if their environment has the proper conditions of light and color, while in the brain and blood circulation the physical foundations will be laid for a healthy moral sense if children see moral actions in their environment.
It is not moralistic talk or wise admonitions that influence children in this sense, but it is, rather, what adults do visibly before their eyes. The effect of admonition is that it shapes the forms—not of the physical, but of the etheric body; and the The Education of the Child 19 etheric body, as we saw, is surrounded until the seventh year by a protecting etheric envelope, even as the physical body is surrounded before physical birth by the physical envelope of the mother-body. Everything that must evolve in the etheric body before the seventh year—ideas, habits, memory, and so on—all of this must develop “by itself,” just as the eyes and ears develop within the mother-body without the influence of external light.