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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"

Language of the Line: A Reinvented Art-form of the Waldorf Schools

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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.

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Learning to Read and Write in Waldorf Schools

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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

Learning to See Life, Developing the Goethean Approach to Science

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The Goethean approach is not about opposition to traditional science; it is concerned with evolving the discipline of science further so that we can begin to understand life in a way that is modeled after life. For this to occur we have to work to transform ourselves as human beings and begin forming, as Goethe put it, new organs of perception.

Keywords: Goethean science, observation, nature, botany

Life After Waldorf High School

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From the archives of Renewal, A Journal of Waldorf Education.
Some elite liberal arts colleges actively court Waldorf graduates. A Waldorf parent and school consultant tells why.
From Fall/Winter 2000, Volume 9, Number 2

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