Waldorf Home Schooling Archives

November 14, 2004

Waldorf and Anthroposophy On-Line

Anthroposophical Society:

Rudolf Steiner College:

Waldorf Education Mailing List: To subscribe, contactWALDORF@SJUVM.STJOHNS.EDU

Waldorf Home Schoolers' List, resources, books, etc.:

Live Education! Waldorf-inspired curriculum:

Waldorf Without Walls (Barbara Dewey):

Waldorf Resources Page:

Waldorf Inspired Students at Home:

Association of Waldorf Schools of North America:

The Online Waldorf Library:

Makes out-of-print books available online:

November 16, 2004

Home Schooling: Waldorf and Other Useful Addresses

Waldorf Without Walls, Barbara S. Dewey, 89900 Mill Hill Rd., Bowerston, OH 44695. Newsletter for Waldorf homeschooling parents, consulting, etc. See

Christopherus Homeschool Resources, Donna Simmons, 847 PO Box 231, Viroqua, WI 54665. Publications, consulting.

Waldorf Home Schoolers Newsletter,6822-22nd Ave N, Suite 345, St. Petersburg, FL 33710. On-line ournal for Waldorf-inspired home schooling families.

Audio tapes by Eugene Schwartz on Waldorf Education,

The On-Line Waldorf Library: many resources from journals, research, everything in print!

Waldorf Resources for home schoolers: chat rooms, articles, books, many other resources.

Bob ane Nancy's Site offers many resources on all aspects of Waldorf: and

Renewal. Quarterly journal of Waldorf Education (see AWSNA address, below).

Gateways, Newsletter of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (see below).

Home Again, 1825 N. 183rd St, Seattle, WA 98133. Mail order supplies for Waldorf home schooling. Main Lesson Books also available from Rudolf Steiner College Book Store (see below).

Live Education! Waldorf curriculum for K-8 and monthly consultation with a Waldorf teacher. P.O. Box 306, Aptos, CA 95001; (831) 457-4243;

Waldorf Education Resources provides Waldorf units for grades 5-8, developed by David Mollet. Order from

Oak Meadow, PO Box 740, Putney, VT 05346; (802)387-2021. Offers elementary-school curriculum and home teacher training; lower grades show a Waldorf influence.

Home Education Magazine and Homeschool Bookshelf, PO Box 1083, Tonasket, WA 98855

Clonlara Home-Based Education Program, 1289 Jewett, Ann Arbor, MI 48103; (313) 769-4515. Founder/Director Pat Montgomery offers curriculum and help meeting legal requirements of being under a certified teacher.

Growing without Schooling, 2269 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140; journal--John Holt's work.

The Moore Foundation, Box 1, Camas, WA 98607, (360)835-3756. Books, workshops, etc from the work of Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore.

Home School Association of CA, PO Box 2442, Atascadero, CA 93423. 888-HSC-4440.

The Baldwin Project, classic literature for downloading from

November 29, 2004

What Characterizes Waldorf Home Schooling?

Parents who are adapting the approach Rudolf Steiner used in the Waldorf Schools to the home setting are finding that it not only increases their understanding of child development and how to teach in a lively, artistic manner, but it can also transform and enrich all of family life.
Steiner, an Austrian educator who opened the first Waldorf School in 1919, was one of the early proponents of educating the whole child, not just the intellect. His indications for "developmentally appropriate education" were supported by the later work of Piaget and Gisell and are being upheld by recent brain research. When parents understand how children develop and learn, they are better able to counteract society's tendency to treat and educate children as if they were little adults. For example, because young children learn primarily through movement and imitation, early childhood education in the home or Waldorf preschool/kindergarten needs to provide a program rich in imaginative play, music, rhythm, and artistic activities instead of teaching early reading and math or having the child sit in front of a computer. Studies have shown that the imaginative manipulation found in play-based programs provides the best foundation for later reading and math--and it can serve as a wellspring of life-long creativity.

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December 23, 2004

Technology and Children

Waldorf education poses certain answers to the question "How will our children be able to cope with the challenges of an increasingly technological world? How will they be able to determine its proper uses and avoid its misuses?

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February 15, 2005

Homeschooling Enrichment

Around the country, many examples exist of groups of Waldorf home schooling families coming together to create community and support for their efforts. The following are offered as examples of a few such Waldorf enrichment groups. Because they are constantly evolving, the information printed here may change, but it is offered to spark your thinking with things you might do in your area.

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April 25, 2005

Watercolor Painting

"Watercolor Painting: Color Experience and Developing Form"
Double Workshop by Kelly Morrow (DVD, 60 minutes)

In Part I, experience how "color stories" bring color alive as children are introduced to more guidance in paiting in first grade (adaptable for older children or adults new to painting). In Part II, Kelly shares from the Creation Story in the third grade curriculum and shows how she would encourage the children to bring form out of the experience of color.

Two-Part Video in DVD format.

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Knitting as a Way of Life

"Knitting as a Way of Life"
Workshop by Kristie Burns (Video in DVD format)

Kristie shares her enthusiasm for knitting as a way of life, starting with how knitting brings together the mental, spiritual and physical realms at the same time--and the benefits this has for adults, as well as children. She also shares how she teaches children fingerknitting and knitting with stories and rhymes, as well as many ideas for projects with children from 4- 8 years of age.

Video recording in DVD format.

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Waldorf Enrichment Program

"Starting a Waldorf Enrichment Program"
Workshop by Kristie Burns (Video in DVD format)

Kristie ran a Waldorf Enrichment Program from her home in Saudi Arabia for 4 years, which grew to include 45 families with children ages 2-10. They met weekly for Waldorf activities and quarterly for festival celebrations. Such a group can be ideal if your children are in public school or being home schooled. Kristie shares examples and practical advice for forming such a program.

Video recording in DVD format.

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May 20, 2005

The Wisdom of Waldorf (CD+Article)

"The Wisdom of Waldorf: Educating for the Future"
Keynote Address by Rahima Baldwin Dancy

In a world of accelerating change, what values will help inspire and sustain children as they become young adults? Unlike past generations, children today can expect to be lifelong learners because many of the jobs they will have don't yet exist. Learn why an approach to education that was developed in 1919 by an Austrian researcher and educator is so relevant to today's world.

Audio recording in CD format (60 mintues) plus 8-page color reprint of Rahima's Mothering Magazine article.

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May 30, 2005

Songs (elementary school)

The wonderful energy, voice, enthusaism and high expectations of Christiana Quick-Cleveland have gotten many of our Waldorf in the Home conferences in Fair Oaks off to a great start! Now you can bring her enthusiasm and expertise into your own home through her songbook and quality CD "Songs for the Elementary Classroom."

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August 13, 2005

Waldorf Education: A Vision of Wholeness

"Waldorf Education: A Vision of Wholeness" (VHS)

This video is an excellent introduction to the Waldorf school movement. Filmed in K-8 classrooms in four Waldorf schools, it highlights the interdisciplinary nature o the curriculum and the central role of the fine and applied arts in education. By capturing the spontaneity and joy found in a Waldorf classroom, this video is an excellent introduction for anyone who has never observed Waldorf in action.

Video in DVD format, 16 minutes.

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Waldorf/The Best Kept Secret

"Waldorf Education--The Best-Kept Secret in America" (DVD)

This video presentation is a fantastic introduction to the main themes of Waldorf education that includes interviews with students, graduates, teachers and administrators as well as footage from various classrooms, festival celebrations, and much more. A really moving presentation of why we're involved with Waldorf--it covers all the key points. Professionally produced by the Waldorf Alliance. Excellent for new initiatives, or to give to the uninitiated (like in-laws).

Video in DVD format, 13 minutes.

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August 23, 2005

Online Waldorf Library

A wonderful resource for Waldorf homeschooling families--and parents with children in Waldorf schools who are wanting to learn more or research a specific topic--is the Online Waldorf Library.

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November 14, 2005

Homeschooling--Which Style?

"Homeschooling--Which Style is Right for You?"
Keynote by Regina Mason

Explore the pro's and con's of unschooling with an unrestricted environment, unschool in a designed environment, "school at home," and the homeschool cooperative. How can you create a "Waldorf home" if not working directly with the Waldorf curriculum? Regina shares her experiences with all three and the notable long-term effects of all styles (both gains and losses), followed by discussion.

Audio Recording in CD format.

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Waldorf Preschool and K

"Waldorf Preschool and Kindergarten: A Preparation for Life"
Workshop by Daena Ross

What is unique about the Waldorf curriculum for preschool and kindergarten, and how does it prepare children for work in the grades? Daena gives a picture of how the foundation is laid for academic work, includeing stories, verses, games and songs.

Audio Recording in CD format.

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Healthy Relationships

"Preparing Children for Healthy Relationships"
Workshop by Rainbow Rosenbloom

In today's world, we can give our children no greater gift than cultivating their capacities for building healthy relationships. Discover how the Waldorf curriculum through the grades can become the vehicle for teaching relationship-building skills.

AudioRecording in CD format.

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November 28, 2005

Readiness for First Grade

"Readiness for First Grade"
by Daena Ross

Explore the sensory-motor, physical and emotional signs that a child is developmentally ready to go on to reading and writing and why it's best to wait for academics until then.

Audio recording in CD format.

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December 20, 2005

The Waldorf Experience

The Waldorf Experience
by Charlottesville Waldorf School

Although focusing on one school, this DVD would be a valuable tool for anyone involved in school outreach and for parents who want to learn more about Waldorf education--or have something to show a friend, sister or the in-laws. Professionally done by MoonStar Films, it contains five sections that can be watched separately:

Beyond Waldorf (9 minutes)
Provides the voices of alumni showing what they have done in high school, college and beyond (Charlottesville Waldorf School offers K-8).

Our Curriculum (20 minutes)
Covers the breadth and depth of the Waldorf curriculum from nursery through 8th grade. The five most frequently asked questions about Waldorf education are also addressed.

Waldorf Relationships (6 minutes)
Students, teachers, and parents discuss the extraordinary, often life-long bonds that develop among students in the course of a Waldorf education.

Testimonials (17 minutes)
Students, parents, professors, educators, philanthropists and other professionals describe the virtues of a Waldorf education and remark upon the results and outcomes that the Waldorf approach can engender.

Seed for Change (15 minutes)
This documentary follows the efforts of the Charlottesville Waldorf Foundation to build the greenest school in America.

Together, these chapters introduce the richness and uniqueness of Waldorf education to families considering their many educational alternatives. Highly recommended!

DVD in attractive case with insert on Waldorf education, 67 minutes.

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March 29, 2006

How We Teach

"How We Teach is What We Teach"
Keynote address by Elizabeth Seward, PhD

Children learn more than they are taught, and Waldorf education reminds us of the crucial importance of the physical, the human and the intangible environment which children live and breathe. In the Waldorf approach, a conversation is fostered between student and lesson content and between student and teacher that encompasses the mundane and the sublime. Some key features of this conversational gesture are mutual respect, interest, nonjudgmental listening or observation, and the desire and need to know other perspectives and embrace difference. Through this, our children learn how to learn.

Audio recording in CD format.

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"Three-Legged Stool" of Waldorf Ed

"The Three-Legged Stool of Waldorf Education"
Workshop by Elizabeth Seward, PhD

Teaching is a constant balancing act. Waldorf education rests on the three-legged stool of the strengths of the individual teacher; the needs of the children; and the insights and overview gained from a thorough study of Steiner's indications. In this workshop, we identify common stages of child development and explore ways in which teachers and homeschooling parents adapt the curriculum according to their own individual strengths.

Audio Recording in CD format.

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April 17, 2006

Waldorf Without Walls by Barbara

Waldorf Without Walls
by Barbara Dewey

Barbara Dewey is internationally known as a consultant on Waldorf Home Schooling. Based in Ohio, she is a frequent presenter at Waldorf in the Home conferences. Here Barbara answers questions about her services. For more information, see --Rahima

I provide individualized homeschool curriculum planning and support for you and your children, resources used by waldorf teachers, specific suggestions for your child, and answers to your questions as they come up throughout the year. This is accomplished through the Internet, fax, mail, or e-mail.

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December 9, 2006

Letting Stories Teach

"Letting Stories Teach"
Workshop by Eugene Schwartz

It is no exaggeration to say that stories are the most powerful teaching resource available to both parents and teachers, having been the primary means for transmitting religious truths and cultural values from time immemorial. Explore ways stories may be used to convey information, ameliorate psychological problems, and stimulate healthy social interchange among children. [Note: Eugene is the author of Why the Setting Sun Turns Red and Other Stories for Children and an expert on curative or pedagogical stories and using stories in the curriculum]

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Depth in Fairy Tales

"The Hidden Depth in Fairy Tales"
Workshop by Thesa Kallinikos

Discover what lies hidden within fairy tales and why they speak so strongly to the young child (through first grade). Learn how to select and tell fairy tales for children of different ages.

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Freedom and Choice

"Freedom of Choice or Freedom from Choice?
Workshop by Eugene Schwartz

Is there a difference between the parenting role and the teaching role? In this session for parents, teachers and home schoolers, Eugene explores ways of distinguishing between the varying expectations of the two roles and ways in which your child benefits by responding to a "formed" approach. He also discusses implications of recent research by Judith Rich Miller (The Nurture Assumption) on the relationship between parental and peer influences.

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Form Drawing

"Form Drawing in the Early Grades"
Workshop by Kelly Morrow

Learn how this "art of the moving line" is used with children in grades 1-3 in Waldorf schools, and how it helps develop their handwriting and spatial awareness. You'll gain a great deal that you'll be able to incorporate with your children!

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"The Waldorf Curriculum through Eurythmy"
Workshop by David-Michael Monasch

For the first time, you can see Eurythmy on one of our DVDs and ways in which it changes from preschool-kindergarten through the early grades as it is taught in Waldorf schools. Eurythmy is an art of movement developed by Rudolf Steiner and often called "visible speech" and "visible tone." This lively workshop session offers a kinesthetic introduction to the evolution of consciousness at the heart of the Waldorf curriculum, highlighting the key stages of child development through fourth grade.

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July 19, 2007

Betty Peck's "KinderGarden"

"Creating a 'KinderGarden' for Young Children"
Keynote address with slides by Betty Peck

With over 50 years' experience working with young children and nature, Betty Peck has been called a national treasure. Program includes slides of her garden-centered program for young children. You'll be inspired whether you're at home or teaching in a program for young children!

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Meeting the Needs of Your Growing Child

Meeting the Needs of Your Growing Child
Workshop by Daena Ross

How do children perceive the world at different ages? How do they learn? Understand the developmental and physiological changes children go through from early childhood through adolescence and why the Waldorf curriculum fits the growing child so well. An excellent overview of the Waldorf approach--what is taught when, and why.

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Gardening with Children

Gardening with Children: The Waldorf Curriculum
Workshop by Carolyn Brown

Home schooling or just gardening with your child? Carolyn shares how the gardening curriculum she developed at Waldorf School of the Peninsula relates to and strengthens the development of the school-aged child and the main lesson curriculum.

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Math by Hand

Math by Hand
Workshop by Marin Lipowitz

A hands-on approach to math in grades 1 - 4, including movement, art, and storytelling to transform abstract concepts into concrete methodology. Lots of tools and toys are demonstrated, which are available in kit form from Marin.

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December 8, 2007

Handwork and Its Benefits

Handwork: Developing Skills for Dealing with a Complex World
Workshop by Regina Mason

What tools can help a child build the sense of discrimination and discipline necessary for navigating safely through the world of difficult choices? Learn how handwork develops these qualities, and more. Overview and philosophy of the Waldorf handwork curriculum (K-8), followed by discussion and a hands-on felting project.

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Reading and Writing the Waldorf Way

Teaching Reading and Writing the Waldorf Way
Workshop by Kelly Morrow

In Waldorf schools, children learn to write first, based on drawings of the letters through the fairy tales. Then they learn to read what they have written. Kelly demonstrates this artistic approach used in grades 1 and 2 and explains why it is so effective

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Coloring with Block Crayons

Coloring with Block Crayons
Workshop by Sieglinde De Francesca

Learn to draw luminous images to delight your child by exploring basic drawing techniques and techniques with beeswax block crayones. Ample demonstrations and overview to take you through the early grades. Sigi is an amazing artist and teacher--and she does it all with only the three primary colors. This video will inspire you to dig out your child's crayons and give it a try!

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February 6, 2008

Rudolf Steiner Library

A wonderful resource for books on Waldorf education and home schooling is the Rudolf Steiner Library, which lends books by mail throughout the US, from its location in Ghent, NY.

The Rudolf Steiner Library has over 27,000 volumes and lends books for no charge to member of the Anthroposophical Society in America and for a small fee for those who join the library only. Their collection inlcudes all available Rudolf Steiner titles in both English and German, as well a hundred of his unpublished manuscropts of essays and lectures. In addition, it has a wide collection includig waldorf education, alternative health and nutrition, holistic sicenc, Goethean studies, death and dying, world mythologies, and world religions.
Their website and an online public access catalog can be viewed at (library webpage) and (library catalog)

For membership materials, call 518-672-7690, or you can email the libary at

February 27, 2008

Autism, ADD, Asperger's

Creative Therapy for Children with Autism, ADD, and Asperger's -
Using Artistic Creativity to Reach, Teach, and Touch Our Children
By Janet Tubbs

323 pages from Square One Publishers; $18.95

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May 14, 2008

Homeschooling Group in Boulder

Homeschooling Program in Boulder
with Sage Hamilton, Director

Let us honor spirit that moves in all things and
know ourselves better through
creative expression and community.

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June 29, 2008

Waldorf and Learning to Read

Waldorf and Learning to Read
by Barbara Dewey, Waldorf without Walls

Reading is not required in Waldorf schools until the end of grade 3. The Waldorf curriculum is based on the developmental interests of children, rather than skill levels, and does not require reading in the early grades. Material is presented by the teacher in dramatic, interesting ways and the children make use of the material in their play and hands-on dramatic and artistic activities.

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June 15, 2009

Teaching Writing with the Vimala Alphabet

Teaching Children to Write with the Vimala Alphabet
Workshop by Jennifer Crebbin

Teach your child letter forms that support open and honest communication, being of service, engaged will power, and more. The Vimala alphabet is being used in many Waldorf schools, and through this video you will learn about teaching these forms to your child.

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February 14, 2012

Waiting to Teach Reading and Writing

A mother asked about why Waldorf waits until first grade to teach the letters.
Rahima replies:
In the Waldorf approach, reading and writing are introduced in first grade, starting with the letters; then children learn to read at the end of first grade, from what they have written. The letters are introduced imaginatively, through a story and a drawing in which the letter can be found in one of the figures that starts with that sound (for example, the letter "k" might be illustrated by a King who is standing sideways, with scepter raised, blessing his subjects.). [See the DVD of Kelly Morrow teaching "Teaching Reading and Writing the Waldorf Way."]

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September 15, 2012

Beginning Waldorf Home Schooling

TheLetterW.jpgI thought this entry (and blessing) from Lisa Boisvert-Mackenzie was worth sharing with more of you, as if gives such a wonderful picture of what you are doing with your child!

Lisa Boisvert Mackenzie home schools with Waldorf education. She is the editor of the online magazine, The Wonder of Childhood and offers Celebrate the Rhythm of Life, a program to support parents, childcare providers and teachers to find rhythm in caring for children through the day, the week and the year. Lisa serves as a board member of LifeWays North America.

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October 21, 2012

A Child's Seasonal Treasury


A Child's Seasonal Treasury, by Waldorf early childhood teacher Betty Jones, is a valuable resource for any early childhood teacher or parent with young children.

One homeschooling mother wrote: "Although other books were also helpful, A Child's Seasonal Treasury was really all I needed, as it provided me with everything: seasonally based songs, poems, verses, games, activities, and recipes, in a very easy to follow way, and the layout was simple and beautiful. There were books which contained almost too much information, and they overwhelmed me, whereas Ms. Jones' book gave just enough materials and I was sable to actually makes use of what was offered."

In the forward Betty Peck, Anna Rainville and Nancy Mellon write: ""Contained in this one lovely volume is a very generous supply of original and traditional materials for parents and teachers, providing practical ways to engage children while enhancing family or classroom culture....Whenever you are longing for artistic guidance and inspiration with young children, reach for this compendium of treasures.  As early childhood educators we are thrilled and grateful that it is returning to print, and is to be widely available again."

You can learn more and order your copy from