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"
Download the article: Involving Children in Household Chores
Published in Renewal, A Journal for Waldorf Education, Vol 11 #2, Fall/Winter 2002
Practical suggestions for developing a healthy, rhythmical and wholesome attitude about involving children in the day to day life at home.
Keywords: rhythm in the home, will forces, developing the will
Download the article: Is Waldorf Education Christian?
Published in Renewal, A Journal for Waldorf Education, Vol. 10#1, Spring 2001Waldorf schools seek to cultivate positive human values of compassion, reverence for life, respect, cooperation, love of nature, interest in the world, and social conscience, as well as to develop cognitive, artistic and practical skills. The soul life of the child is affirmed and nourished as the ground for healthy, active thinking. Because of this, Waldorf schools sometimes are mistakenly perceived as religious, or, in particular, as Christian schools. Nevertheless, parents of various religious views and ethical philosophies-Catholics, Jews, Buddhists, Protestants, Sufis, Muslims, eclectic seekers, and agnostics-choose Waldorf Education for their children. They do so knowing that Waldorf schools are based on a spiritual view of the human being and of the world. However, no religion, including Christianity, is promulgated in a Waldorf school.
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Published in Journal for Waldorf/Rudolf Steiner Education, Volume 8, Number 2 (November 2006), New Zealand
"The lines and forms are visible signs of divine gestures. Learn to understand them and you will comprehend how God created the world.” ~ Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446)
One of the many unique features of the Waldorf-Steiner Schools is the subject known as Form Drawing. Taught in Classes 1 through 5, but ideally going right through to Class 12, Form Drawing is introduced in such a way as to show the young child that all shapes in the world are derived from the two-fold alphabet of form: straightness and roundness. All drawing consists only of the straight line and curved line or the combination of the two. As the Renaissance mathematician and astronomer, Johannes Kepler (1571-1680), said: “...God in His ineffable resolve chose straightness and roundness in order to endow the world with the signature of the Divine. Thus the All-wise originated the world of form, the total essence of which is encompassed in the contrasts of the straight and rounded line.” Straight line and curve are the ying and yang, the great polarities of form.
Download the article: Learning to Read and Write in Waldorf Schools
OWL note: This article was originally written as an explanation and review of the book "Living Alphabet" (Bell Pond Books, 2003). The late William Ward, long-time Waldorf teacher, describes the process of how and why children learn their letters in the Waldorf classroom. A good article for parents new to Waldorf education.
The playful artistry of Living Alphabet speaks to the heart of childhood. These lively illustrations,so filled with color, movement, eloquent gesture, and invention, conjure up long- forgotten memories of books from a time when pictures were still alive and spoke with power. Each page is a magical door opening to the bright realm where stories are enacted, a realm of wonders accessible to children, artists, and all those in whom the light of imagination shines.
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Keywords: Waldorf curriculum, story telling, speech, child development