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Articles

Articles in the Online Waldorf Library come from many sources. Quite a number are from the archives of journals and publications published over the past 50+ years. When possible we have noted the specific source although this is not always possible.

Included in the "article" search database are all articles in currently in print journals: Gateways, the Research Bulletin and the Waldorf Journal Project.

The Online Waldorf Library includes:
Education as an Art
, the first widely circulated journal about Waldorf education in the United States. It began in 1940 as the Bulletin of the Rudolf Steiner School Association. The purpose of the journal was to inform Americans about Rudolf Steiner's pedagogy. In 1969 the journal became known as Education as an Art: A Journal for the Waldorf Schools of North America.

To search for articles specifically from Education as an Art, please enter the journal name into the search box "with the exact phrase".

Lectures from the 2002 AWSNA National Teacher's Conference, to search for the 8 lectures presented, please enter AWSNA lecture in the search box and click "exact phrase"

Waldorf Education is Developmentally Appropriate - What exactly does this mean?

When Waldorf teachers say their curriculum is developmentally appropriate they mean it! But Waldorf educators understand child development in a unique way. Child development in the Waldorf plan is very specific. The decisions about the curriculum are based on exactly what is happening in the child’s physical, and emotional development and also in the development of the child’s consciousness.

The interest in the specific developmental steps a child takes during the unfolding of a fully developed human being is linked to a wish to avoid skipping any “building blocks” in the child’s wholesome development. These might not be visible at the moment they are missed, but they could become stumbling blocks at a later phase of development. Likewise, to push a child’s development, to “hurry it up,” might look successful in the moment, but can cause trouble later on. Seemingly capable of wondrous things in a moment, the child might experience anxieties, or physical ailments, or even heart problems or nervous disorders in middle age!

Read more: Waldorf Education is Developmentally Appropriate - What exactly does this mean? 

Waldorf High School Suggested Summer Reading List

 Waldorf High School Suggested Summer Reading List, Berkshire Waldorf High School

Berkshire Waldorf High School – New Summer Reading List

We have revised and updated our summer reading list to include authors and narratives that more
accurately reflect the realities of the society and world in which we live.

FICTION:
Abdel-Fattah, Randa. Does My Head Look Big in This?
Acevedo, Elizabeth. The Poet X or Clap When You Land.
Achebe, Chinua. Arrow of God or others.
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Half of a Yellow Sun, Americanah, We Should All Be Feminists, or The
Thing Around Your Neck.
Allende, Isabel. The House of the Spirits or Inés of My Soul.
Alvarez, Julia. In the Time of Butterflies, How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, or others.
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak, Chains, or Twisted.
Angelou, Maya. And Still I Rise or others.
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice or others.
Baldwin, James. Go Tell It On the Mountain, Another Country, The Fire Next Time or others.
Borges, Jorge Luis. Collected Fictions.
Burns, Olive. Cold Sassy Tree.
Butler, Octavia. Kindred.
Cather, Willa. My Antonia or others.
Cela, Camilo José. The Family of Pascual Duarte.
Chopin, Kate. The Awakening.
Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet. Cofer, Judith Ortiz. An Island Like You:
Stories of the Barrio. Dimaline, Cherie. The Marrow Thieves.
Donoso, Jose. The Obscene Bird of Night.
Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man or others.
Erdrich, Louise. The Beet Queen, Four Souls, or The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse.
Gansworth, Eric. Give Me Some Truth or If I Ever Get Out of Here.
Garcia, Christina. Dreaming in Cuban.
Grimes, Nikki. Bronx Masquerade.

Read more: Waldorf High School Suggested Summer Reading List

Waldorf Kindergarten

Download the article: Waldorf Kindergarten

The early years of childhood provide the foundation for a healthy life. Everything is important: the warmth of adults, the tone of voice, the aesthetics of the environment, to name a few aspects. This is the age when seeds are planted for a lifetime of adventure through learning. How this is brought to the child is crucial.
The following two essays by Waldorf educators provide a snapshot to help parents determine if this education is the appropriate one for their family. I say family because the two triangles of parent–child–teacher and home–classroom–professional educator should be in complete alignment.

This article is a compilation of articles from Gateways, the Journal of the Waldorf Early Childhood Assn. and is available as a reprint from Waldorf Publications.

Waldorf School Songs website

An extensive, international, free music library of sheet music, lyrics and MP3’s.

On this website you’ll find more than 1,400 beautiful, fun, appealing songs in every imaginable genre; whether you’re interested in browsing, looking for new sources of inspiration, keen on listening to new arrangements, or eager to explore, this site is full of free songs to download.

A source of inspiration and an indispensable guide for everyone who sings with children and adults.

Please go to Waldorfschoolsongs.org