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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"

A Creative Approach to Foreign Languages for Waldorf Teachers

Originally published in Child and Man (UK), Easter 1982

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The teaching of foreign languages plays an essential part in the Waldorf curriculum. Rudolf Steiner intended children to be exposed to two contrasting foreign languages, three times a week, from the first through the twelfth grade. The learning of a foreign language greatly depends on imitative musical abilities. Although they are somewhat ebbing from the change of teeth onwards, the language teacher can still make use of them in a most creative way. Much will depend for the future mastery of the language whether in these early grades the children can be submerged in the living atmos­phere of the spoken word. The classroom ­whether French, Spanish or German is taught -should become for the 45 minutes of every language lesson a part of that particular country. Not a word of the native language should be spoken there.

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Keywords: poetry, grammar, lower school, middle school, high school, drama

A Look at Waldorf and Montessori Education in Early Childhood Programs

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This comparison of Waldorf and Montessori educational philosophies is based on my personal experience as a teacher in both Montessori and Waldorf school systems. I would like to preface my remarks by stressing that there can be much difference from one classroom to another in any philosophy, due to the style and interpretation of the individual teacher,
Although the young child is viewed with great respect and reverence in both philosophies, there are several areas of contrast between Waldorf and Montessori, including their approach to play, fantasy, toys, social development, structure and order, and intellectualism.

Read more: A Look at Waldorf and Montessori Education in Early Childhood Programs

A Rough Guide to Sixth Grade

A Rough Guide to Sixth Grade is an overview of the Waldorf Sixth Grade curriculum for home school use. It includes a suggested daily schedule of lessons, suggestions on teaching, Language Arts, History, Geography, Handwork, Art and Crafts, Science: physics, geology, weather and biomes, Mathematics and Geometry, Business Math, Literature and Drama, Form Drawing, Foreign Language, Movement and Sports, Social Studies, Health an Safety, Music and Cooking

From the Christopherus Homeschool Resources

 

ADHD, A Challenge of our Time

From millenealchild.com
Adapted from Millennial Child, SteinerBooks, 1999

Though widely studied and broadly medicated, ADHD remains an enigmatic disorder. Using the remarkable picture of the child developed by Rudolf Steiner we explore the nature of thinking, feeling, and willing. What lives in the young person with ADHD may serve as a revelation of the needs of today’s children.

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