Steiner on Waldorf

What Is Waldorf Education?

Three Lectures by Rudolf Steiner

Introduction by Stephen Keith Sagarin

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$12.00

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A great little introductory book - three of Steiner's most readable lectures ("A Lecture to Prospective Parents," a public lecture on Waldorf Education given in Arrau, and a lecture to English educators) accompanied by an exhilarating introduction by Sagarin.

With this one volume you can learn what Steiner wanted his pedagogical approach to accomplish and enter into what I believe is a seminal discussion by Sagarin about what this education is really all about (hint: the name of the school isn't the answer).

I would give this book to anyone wanting to learn more about as Waldorf Education. It is the best way I've seen so far of introducing the living intent and human goals of of this approach to education. It is inspiring, liberating, and as alive as it was on the day the Waldorf School of Stuttgart first opened its doors. Plus, it is in clear, modern English!

Spirit of the Waldorf School

Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Robert F. Lathe and Nancy Parsons Whittaker

$14.95

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These six lectures and one essay constitute the mission statement of Waldorf education. Here you will find a clear statement of the spiritual, social, and practical intent of the founding of the original Waldorf School in Stuttgart, Germany. (You can sample one of the lectures, "A Lecture for Prospective Parents," and our introduction to the book free at www.bobnancy.com, courtesy of Anthroposophic Press.)

Rudolf Steiner Education - Pocket Book Series (Clouder)

Rudolf Steiner

$17.95

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An excellent anthology of some of Steiner's best lectures and essays on education. Selected by one of England's most highly regarded Waldorf teachers.
Contents:

  • A Social Basis for Education
  • The Spirit of the Waldorf School
  • Educational Methods Based on Anthroposophy
  • The Child at Play
  • Teaching from a Foundation of Spiritual Insight and Education in the Light of Spiritual Science
  • The Adolescent after the Fourteenth Year
  • Science, Art, Religion and Morality
  • The Spiritual Grounds of Education
  • The Role of Caring in Education
  • The Roots of Education and the Kingdom of Childhood
  • Address at a Parents' Evening
  • Education in the Wider Social Context
  • Afterword
  • Notes

Rhythms of Learning-Vista Series

Selected Lectures
by Rudolf Steiner

Edited by Roberto Trostli

$24.95

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"Is there one article I can read that explains Waldorf Education?" This question seems to go hand in hand with a first introduction to Waldorf Education. The answer is still, "No, there isn't one article." But, now we can say, very happily, that there is one book that offers a thorough introduction that is complete in scope and concise in presentation. Roberto Trostli has done a masterful job in selected the lectures that comprise Rhythms in Learning,

Education of the Child

Rudolf Steiner

Translated by George and Mary Adams, Rita Stebbing and Robert F. Lathe and Nancy Parsons Whittaker

Includes lectures previously unpublished in English

$16.95

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This is Steiner's most concise and clear presentation of the three 7-year developmental stages of childhood and their implications for a truly human education. For years, whenever people new to Waldorf education have asked, "What should I read first?" this is the book we recommend. It remains at the top of our list for those wanting to understand the anthroposophic view of human development.

Educating Children Today

Rudolf Steiner

Another translation is also published in Education of the Child

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$8.00

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Vague and general phrases ... cannot provide the basis for a genuine art of education, which depends on real knowledge of the human being. It is not that such phrases are wrong, but that they are as useless as saying that all parts of a machine must be made to work together harmoniously. To make a machine work you have to apply real, detailed knowledge, not phrases and truisms. For the art of education likewise, what is important is specific insight into the way the human being is constituted, and how each aspect develops. —Rudolf Steiner

In his earliest and most succinct statement regarding education, Rudolf Steiner describes the stages of childhood development and explains why it is important to introduce aspects of the curriculum at specific times. He relates developmental steps in children to the “births” of the non-physical aspects of the human being—the ether body, which accompanies the change of teeth; the astral body, which appears at puberty; and the birth of the “I,” which heralds individual maturation into adulthood. Without this knowledge, says Steiner, well-meaning though misguided educational theories and practices can cause harm.

Kingdom of Childhood

Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Helen Fox

$19.95

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This is the best single volume for those wishing to know more about the perspectives and practice of Waldorf Education. These lectures focus on how a teacher can best meet the growing child and offer many examples of teaching specific subjects. This is a highly readable, warm text which we highly recommend.

Modern Art of Education

(Formerly titled Education and Modern Spiritual Life)

Rudolf Steiner

Introduction by Christopher Bamford

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$20.00

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In this fine introduction to Waldorf education, written out of a series of lectures given in 1924, Steiner provides one of the most comprehensive introductions to his pedagogical philosophy, psychology, and practice. Steiner begins by describing the union of science, art, religion and morality, which was the aim of all his work and underlies his concept of education.

Against this background, many of the lectures describe a new developmental psychology. On this basis, having established how children’s consciousness develops, Steiner discusses how different subjects should be presented so that individuals can grow and flourish inwardly. Only if the child absorbs the right subject in the right way at the right time can the inner freedom so necessary for life in the modern world become second nature.

Education and Modern Spiritual Life

The "Ilkley Course"

Rudolf Steiner

(same lecture content as the new printing titled A Modern Art of Education)

$11.95

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We think these lectures are among the richest Steiner every gave about education. This is the lowest priced edition of this series of lectures, and we're hoping many people will take the opportunity of becoming familiar with them.

In this fine introduction to Waldorf education, written out of a series of lectures given in 1924, Steiner provides one of the most comprehensive introductions to his pedagogical philosophy, psychology, and practice. Steiner begins by describing the union of science, art, religion and morality, which was the aim of all his work and underlies his concept of education.

Against this background, many of the lectures describe a new developmental psychology. On this basis, having established how children’s consciousness develops, Steiner discusses how different subjects should be presented so that individuals can grow and flourish inwardly. Only if the child absorbs the right subject in the right way at the right time can the inner freedom so necessary for life in the modern world become second nature.

Rudolf Steiner in the Waldorf School

Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Catherine Creeger

$14.95

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If you would like a picture of Rudolf Steiner the man, this is the book. Between these two covers is a collection of short talks Rudolf Steiner gave, usually to the children, sometimes to the parents and teachers, at the Waldorf School. What emerges from these pages is a warm, engaging, funny human being, someone who loved the children and cared deeply about their lives at the Waldorf School. That Steiner could make immediate direct contact with the children and that they responded by hanging on his every word is evident on each page. Please do read this book.