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 What is Waldorf Education?
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What is Waldorf Education? Back to Top
Frequently Asked Questions About Waldorf (Steiner) Education
A list of questions and answers, including what is Waldorf Education, what makes it unique, and much more.
Waldorf Answers
Waldorf Answers provides answers about Waldorf education that parents and prospective parents may have, and to clear up some of the misconceptions that may exist about Waldorf education. Their intention is to provide a straightforward presentation of the facts about Waldorf education.

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My Waldorf Method
A homeschooling mother discusses the way she has incorporated the Waldorf educational model in her homeschool. She details a typical day in her home.
Steiner Waldorf Homeschooling
Includes a definition of the Steiner educational model and a brief look at how it work in a homeschooling environment.
Waldorf in the Home
Waldorf in the Home is a blog written by Rahima Baldwin Dancy and Cynthia Aldinger (along with guest writers) for Waldorf parents, home schooling families and anyone interested in the LifeWays approach to parenting and childcare.
Waldorf Without Walls
Waldorf Without Walls provides resources, publications, a newsletter, and consulting services for families that are educating at home using a Waldorf approach.

Support for Parents Using the Waldorf Method Back to Top
CM-Waldorf
This list is designed for those interested in the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling with a Waldorf twist. Topics for discussion will be geared towards combining these two approaches successfully, and any other related issues.
Jewish Waldorf
This group offers a discussion of issues facing Jews who choose Waldorf education, the potentials and difficulties of combining Waldorf with Judaism, ideas for celebrating holidays and festivals, information on traditional crafts, etc. All levels of Jewish observance are welcome, as are all levels of experience with Waldorf education, Anthroposophy, Steiner, etc. Homeschoolers, Waldorf schoolers, Jewish Day schoolers, public schoolers, and all others are invited to join the discussion.
Living Math Forum
This is an on-topic list dedicated to the discussion of "living math" - mathematics education using living books and materials, as opposed to traditional curricula as the primary learning tool. Discussion applies to mathematics learning from birth to adult self education, with the understanding that arithmetic is only one feature of mathematics as a whole. Math history topics will apply as well. Educators using Charlotte Mason, Thomas Jefferson Ed (relaxed classical), Montessori, Waldorf and unschooling methods may benefit from the exchange of ideas.
Natural Family Living
This email group is for families who are living a less than mainstream lifestyle. Discussion involve many topics, including homeschooling (Montessori and Waldorf methods specifically) and more.
Waldorf at Home
This email list is open to all homeschoolers working with Waldorf education (also known as Steiner education, after its founder Rudolf Steiner), as well as those exploring the possibility. Others, such as teachers or parents with children at Waldorf or public schools, who are interested in an open approach to Waldorf in the home, are also welcome.

Waldorf Resources & Materials Back to Top
Christopherus Homeschool Resources
Christopherus Homeschool Resources offers homeschool consultation services, information, and more for homeschoolers interested in incorporating elements of the tradition of Waldorf education into their family life.
Live Education!
Live Education! produces homeschooling supplies for families inspired by a Waldorf perspective. They offer individualized curriculum and pedagogical support (K-8) to form the basis for full-time home education or to supplement traditional schooling.
Waldorf World
This website has a great listing of resources and suppliers of Waldorf compatible toys, games, and books.

Waldorf Books Back to Top
  
Beyond the Rainbow Bridge : Nurturing our children from birth to seven
Barbara J. Patterson; Pamela Bradley
Publisher: Michaelmas Press
Published: 2000
  
Children at Play : Using Waldorf Principles to Foster Childhood Development
Heidi Britz-Crecelius
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Published: 1996
Children at Play is an insightful exploration into the world of children's play and its tremendous significance in the shaping of each child's humanity. A mother and proponent of Rudolf Steiner's Waldorf system of education, author Heidi Britz-Crecelius offers practical suggestions and an up-to-date list of resources for today's families.
  
Festivals Family and Food
Diana Carey; Judy Large
Publisher: Floris Books
Published: 1986
  
Free to Learn: Introducing Steiner Waldorf Earkt Childhood Education
Lynne Oldfield
Publisher: Hawthorn Press
Published: 2002
Free to Learn is a unique guide to the principles and methods of Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood education. The author draws on kindergarten experience from around the world, with stories, helpful insights, lively observations and pictures. This inspiring book will interest parents, educators, and early years education students. It is up to date, comprehensive, and contains many illustrations, including a 16-page color section. Lynne Oldfield invites you to explore Steiner Waldorf kindergartens. Here, teachers and parents believe that children's early learning is profound, that childhood matters and that the early years should be enjoyed, not rushed through.

Topics include:
· How kindergarten enables healthy child development
· What is movement based learning
· Why creative play is so crucial
· How children learn through imitation and rhythm
· When children are ready for school
· How to get support for parenting and daycare

Free to Learn is a unique guide to the principles and methods of Waldorf early education, drawing on kindergarten experience from around the world, with stories, helpful insights, lively observations, and pictures.

  
Kinder Dolls: A Waldorf Doll-Making Handbook
Maricristin Sealey
Publisher: Hawthorn Press
Published: 2001
This comprehensive guide for beginners and experienced doll makers shows how to create many different kinds of handcrafted dolls from natural materials. Handmade dolls with their simplicity of expression and design leave children’s imaginations free, rather than being confined by perfectly finished dolls made of artificial materials. Instead, these dolls encourage the magic of creative play and bring children the gift of imagination in which they see themselves as “makers.”

Included are:
· Ten designs, including soft, baggy, angel, pouch, sack, and limbed dolls
· Twelve basic clothes patterns and ethnic variations
· Tools, techniques, and materials
· Safety guidelines and sewing methods
· Recycling tips and where to get materials

  
Rhythms of Learning : What Waldorf Education Offers Children, Parents & Teachers (Vista Series, V. 4) (Vista Series, V. 4)
Rudolf Steiner; Roberto Trostli
Publisher: Steiner Books
Published: 1998
In numerous lectures and through teaching teachers for the first Waldorf school, Rudolf Steiner described and suggested methods of education based on the rhythmic unfolding of spirit, soul, and physiology in children as they grow. In each section of "Rhythms of Learning," Waldorf teacher Roberto Trostli introduces the reader to lectures on specific aspects of children's rhythms of development and how Waldorf education responds. We are shown how Waldorf teachers must, through their own inner capacities and awareness, learn to recognize and meet each new stage of development in children as they unfold new capacities on every level of their being.

This collection is the clearest introduction to the ideas of Waldorf education currently available. "Rhythms of Learning" contains Steiner's most important lectures on teaching and child development. It is an excellent resource for everyone interested in taking education successfully into the 21st century.

  
Seven Times the Sun: Guiding Your Child Through the Rhythms of the Day
Shea Darian
Publisher: Gilead Press
Published: 1999
  
Understanding Waldorf Education : Teaching from the Inside Out
Jack Petrash
Publisher: Gryphon House
Published: 2002

Written by a teacher with more than 25 years of experience, this book offers a jargon-free view of Waldorf schools with their philosophy of the importance of a three-dimensional education. Through learning experiences that involve all of the senses, children use a variety of intelligences to develop thought, feeling, and intentional, purposeful activity. Whether you_re a Waldorf parent or teacher, or you just want to learn more about these innovative educational concepts, this book contains important ideas on learning that you can apply today.

  
Waldorf Education: A Family Guide
Publisher: Michaelmas Pr
Published: 1999
Waldorf Education finds itself catapulted from its humble beginnings 80 years ago into the midst of the central educational and social issues of this decade.

What draws parents and educators toward Waldorf Education today? "Waldorf Education - A Family Guide" offers a "first look" for parents and educators into the history, philosophy, curriculum, and traditions of this unique education. This comprehensive book is a collection of articles describing the world of Waldorf Education - the fastest growing independent school movement in the world.

  
Waldorf Student Reading List
Publisher: Michaelmas Press
Published: 1999
  
You Are Your Child's First Teacher
Rahima Baldwin Dancy
Publisher: Celestial Arts
Published: 2000


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Our Top Picks
Waldorf Education: A Family Guide
 
Festivals Family and Food
Diana Carey; Judy Large
 
Free to Learn: Introducing Steiner Waldorf Earkt Childhood Education
Lynne Oldfield
 
Beyond the Rainbow Bridge : Nurturing our children from birth to seven
Barbara J. Patterson; Pamela Bradley
 
Children at Play : Using Waldorf Principles to Foster Childhood Development
Heidi Britz-Crecelius
 
 
 
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