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Waldorf Education: A Family Guide

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Waldorf Education finds itself catapulted from its humble beginnings 80 years ago into the midst of the central educational and social issues of this decade.

What draws parents and educators toward Waldorf Education today? "Waldorf Education - A Family Guide" offers a "first look" for parents and educators into the history, philosophy, curriculum, and traditions of this uni

Paperback, 221 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Michaelmas Pr
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Apr 21, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
This was a helpful overview of Waldorf education. I was mainly reading it to learn a bit about Waldorf philosophy of education and to gain tips for incorporating Waldorf values into our homeschool. The first three sections give an overview for each grade level, as well as some information about anthroposophy and Rudolph Steiner. (I loved the idea of teaching knitting along with reading and writing!)

The fourth section, "Family Life and Waldorf Education," was full of useful ideas — ways to struct
Jan 11, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
This is a good overview of many topics a parent starting their child in a Waldorf school (or interested in Waldorf-inspired homeschooling) might be wondering about. I found the chapters on some of the more esoteric subjects (such as the concept of "humours" in Waldorf) more compelling than I had expected and actually somewhat helpful in conceptualizing the best ways to reach a child and help her learn. I only wish there had been a few more chapters, perhaps with a little more detail.
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Jul 25, 2010 Lindsay Evermore rated it liked it
Helpful and informative. Not a comprehensive guide.
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Aug 01, 2014 Amanda Collins rated it really liked it
The Waldorf philosophy to education is the most comprehensive, kind, respectful, and effective method I have read about or seen in teaching conscientious, loving, inquisitive, and knowledge/skill seeking learners. It addresses spirit, mind, body, a person's inner self and their importance as an individual within a group of different people. Lessons and units of study are timed throughout childhood to coordinate with the strengths and curiosities children and teens face at each stage. They are al ...more
Jan 09, 2011 Jen rated it liked it
This was a fairly interesting read, I was hoping for more of a Waldorf philosophy and the reason behind it than this book provided, and it really made me wish I was the calm, patient, parent that we see Waldorf teachers as! Anyone interested in education styles would be reminded about how important each child is.
Highly recommended to me by very experienced teachers--So I feel confident recommending it without reading. Have not yet had time to read.
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While the Waldorf style doesn't fit our family needs, I thought this book was a great primer on their philosophies.
Apr 07, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
Textbook info about K-8 Waldorf Education. Good resources at end of book (probably available online too).
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