Where is the book in which the teachers can read about teaching is?
The children are this book. - Rudolf Steiner

InBloom is inspired by the Waldorf method, which is based on the spiritual-scientific research of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), an Austrian philosopher, scientist, and educator.

According to Steiner, learning in the early years is centered around the unconscious IMITATION of the child’s environment and experiences. This the child absorbs through all of his or her senses, limbs and power of observation. Steiner transformed education into an art that educates the whole child – The Hands, The Heart and The Head.

Steiner said that the education system must reflect the nature of man and follow the natural process of growth. He pointed out to different developmental stages in a child’s life and the need for age-appropriate content.

Proposed in 1983 by Howard Gardener, the Theory of 'Multiple Intelligences' frees us from the misconception of varied intelligence amongst children.
This theory enables a framework of working with different intelligences that are inherent. The traditional view of “Intelligence” creates boundaries and is mostly focused on linguistic and logical intelligences. Gardener advocates that people have a blend of seven intelligences.

  • Musical Intelligence
  • Interpersonal Intelligence
  • Intra-personal Intelligence
  • Spatial Intelligence
  • Bodily Intelligence
  • Linguistic Intelligence
  • Logical and mathematical Intelligence

Seven types of intelligences translate into seven distinctive approaches that teachers can use. Children gifted with in other intelligences such as arts, music, dance, thought leadership can enrich the world we live in!

InBloom was initially based on the Montessori and Play-way methods. But as teachers, we felt limited and found the Waldorf method more holistic.

There are many simillarities between the Waldorf and Montessori methods, though:

  • - Both originated in the early 1900s in Europe after the World War I
  • - Both respect the child as an individual, spiritual, creative being.
  • - Both believe in protecting the child from the stresses of modern life, overuse or misuse of technology such as television and computers.
  • - Both emphasize the education of the whole child, spiritual, mental, physical, psychological, over any particular academic curriculum.
  • - Both Stress the importance of the natural environment, absence of plastic, keeping in touch with nature and natural materials.
  • - Both base their education on the needs of the child, believing that this will lead to meeting the needs of society as a whole.

When Rudolf Steiner first proposed the Waldorf system in 1919, he was indeed aware, of what Howard Gardner has just recently written about.

Steiner’s insights into the developing consciousness of the human being have now been verified by modern neuro-physiological studies.

Gardner's theory of multiple intelligence, as well as the results of modern educational researches, like the importance of EQ (Emotional Quotient) alongside IQ for success, support the success and continuing growth of the Waldorf education system.

  • Today it is the largest independent education movement in the world. As of 2012, there were 1,025 independent Waldorf schools and 2,000 kindergartens located in over 60 countries.