“The heart of the Waldorf method is the conviction that education is an art — it must speak to the child’s experience. To education the whole child, his heart and will must be reached as well as his mind.” Rudolf Steiner
Waldorf Education is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary in 2019. Here is a lovely video made to honor this event, and it gives a beautiful glimpse of Kindergartens worldwide.
Educating the Whole Child
“Music, dance and theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply subjects to be read about and tested. They are experienced. Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate their intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities to be individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world.” AWSNA
“Simplicity Parenting© by Kim John Payne offers a simple, orderly, and effective pathway to simplify four realms [Environment, Rythym, Scheduling, Unplugging] at home, which reduces stress on children and their parents, and allows room for connection, creativity, and relaxation.” SimplicityParenting.com
Waldorf Education and Parenting Resources
www.waldorfearlychildhood.org – Beautiful articles on early childhood and Waldorf education.
whywaldorfworks.org – The official site for Waldorf Education in North America. Articles, events, school listings etc.
lifewaysnorthamerica.org – Lifeways is the ground breaking organization which brought Waldorf into daycare in North America. Many articles on caring for the littlest one at home and out of the home.
The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner – This is a wonderful film on Youtube about the works of Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf education. He also initiated Bio-Dynamic gardening, Eurythmy (a movement art) and Anthroposophic Medicine, and he wrote numerous books on spirituality.
simplicityparenting.com – Learn more about creating a harmonious home life through the simple action of simplifying.
informedfamilylife.org – Resources for nourishing family life. Many articles on parenting and home schooling.
floweringchild.com – Cozy, warm children are happy children! Flowering child has wool/silk undergarments for babies, children and adults. There is also a link to the owner’s blog, Dr Ester, who writes with a doctor’s insight about familiar home issues such as sleeping and eating patterns, dressing children and discipline.
CRAFTING & HOMEMAKING
livingcrafts.com – Free patterns for simple Waldorf crafts.
novanatural.com – THE on-line toy store for the tools of childhood! Perfect for sending to friends and relatives!