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Why do Waldorf early childhood classes regularly bake and break bread together?

The blog article by the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, "Why We Bake Bread in Waldorf Early Childhood Classrooms," summarizes it perfectly, saying: "Working and eating together at the table is an important social activity. Through the whole process of kneading, baking, waiting, and eating the children are learning to slow the pace of their day and are becoming part of a community."

The article also elaborates on why a nurturing, home-like classroom environment naturally includes making healthy food including soups and breads. It also explores the creativity, joy and skills children form while making and eating their creations. 

"Creativity soars as the children shape the dough into fun shapes that delight everyone at the table. As they wait for their bread to bake, the children patiently help set the table. For lunch these rolls are stuffed with cheese, meats, vegetables. Not a crumb is left when the children eat their sandwiches. What the children have made from scratch with their classmates and teachers always tastes best."

Read More: The Chalkboard: Waldorf School at Moraine Farm
Photo Credit: Waldorf School at Moraine Farm

  • Early Childhood
  • Waldorf Education