Working with a real knowledge of the developing child, Waldorf
teachers begin teaching reading by cultivating children's sense of
language and their inner capacities to form mental images. Vivid
verbal pictures and the use of rich language are constantly
employed in the classroom. Difficult vocabulary and complex
sentence structure are not held back in the telling of tales.
Children sing and recite a vast treasury of songs and poems that
many learn by heart. Children live into the world of imaginative
inner pictures, totally unaware that they are developing the most
important capacities needed for reading comprehension, for
reading with understanding. They learn naturally and joyfully.