AUDIO BOOKS

Audio Books

Welcome to Audio Books on the OWL!


Thanks to assistance from the Waldorf Curriculum Fund, we have been able to begin recording and providing recorded` books for those who would benefit from audio-learning. 

Clothing the Play

by Roswitha Spence

Audio: Clothing the Play  (note: this is a large file and will take time to download)

The Art and Craft of Stage Design

Describing the art and craft of stage and costume design Roswitha Spence from Emerson College in England, gathers her expertise from decades of producing and costuming plays. She covers such topics as: Approach to design, Color, Texture, Style & Form, Costume, Scenery, Lighting, and so forth. This book is a treasure and is valuable for anyone putting on a play.

Available in print from Waldorf Publications  and as an eBook on the Online Waldorf Library

The Temperaments and the Arts: Their Relation and Function in Waldorf Pedagogy

Audio: The Temperaments and the Arts

by Magda Lissau

Modern psychologists are currently focusing, once again, on temperament as an indication of soul constitution. This valuable contribution by a veteran Waldorf teacher and teacher-trainer will provide much insight for teachers, parents, and others seeking to better understand the developmental process in education.

Included are:
The Language of the Temperaments in Cosmos and Humanity
The New Aesthetics: Temperament Characteristics in the Realm of Artistic Expression
Bridges of Understanding

Available as an eBook on The Online Waldorf Library and in print edition from Waldorf Publications

The Art and Science of Teaching Composition

by Dorit Winter

Audio: Teaching Composition

This small but insightful book explores rich and stimulating methods for the teaching of English composition skills in Waldorf elementary schools. It offers writing exercises and examples. Compact, it is filled with wisdom all teachers will want to apply.

Available as an eBook on the Online Waldorf Library and in print from Waldorf Publications

 

 

Associative Economics

Spiritual Activity for the Common Good

by Gary Lamb

This comprehensive book guides one to substantially rethink aspects of the economic life. It opens doors for new perspectives, describes pitfalls and successes and gives practical small steps one can take in order to effect change and improve the human condition.

Audio file is in 5 parts:

Introduction

Part One: Context and Background

Part Two: The Threefold Nature of Social Life and associative Economics

Part Three: Aspects of the Threefold Nature of Social Life and Associative Economics

Part Four: From Thoughts to Moral Actions

Published by Waldorf Publications and available as an eBook on the Online Waldorf Library and in print from Waldorf Publications

Developmental Signatures

Developmental Signatures, Core Values and Practices in Waldorf Education for Children ages 3 to 9

by Reiner Patzlaff, Wolfgang Sassmannhausen, et al.

Part 1

Part 2

The developmental stages of childhood provide the bedrock for Waldorf education. Observation and study of the child through these stages yield an understanding of the needs of children which is then transformed into a rich and diverse curriculum. Translating these significant “signatures” into goals and standards set by state authorities has been a task of this book, thus the title Developmental Signatures.

The research completed by colleagues in Germany that provided the material for this study on early childhood can be seen in parallel to the recent study in North America concerning Waldorf graduates. Published by the Research Institute of North America, the Survey of Waldorf Graduates, Phase 2, strives to penetrate the results of the foundation set in the goals of this book. Together they should provide teachers, parents, and educators at all levels a window into this comprehensive education.

Also available as an eBook and in print from Waldorf Publications

 

Will Developed Intelligence

Handwork and Practical Arts in the Waldorf School—Elementary through High School
by Patricia Livingston and David Mitchell

Part 1

Part 2

This book examines how working with the hands opens up neurological passageways that establish the foundation of thinking. Copiously illustrated, this book shows how the conscious development and training of the hands in the Waldorf curriculum, from Kindergarten through the high school, lead through the heart forces to enhanced cognition in students. It also serves as a practical guide to the subjects that make up this curriculum.

In print edition can be purchased from Waldorf Publications

Chapters from Ancient History

Audio: Chapters from Ancient History
by Dorothy Harrer

For those interested in the dawning and journey of Western Civilization, and for those teaching fifth grade or tenth grade in a Waldorf school, this is a rich collection of insights into those cultures that birthed our contemporary culture, language, and artistic sensibilities. From Ancient India, through Persia, Babylon, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the glory of Greece, the descriptions of each civilization's rise and decline are full of pictures and biographies that illuminate the times in colorful examples and poetic samplings.

In print book can be purchased from Waldorf Publications

 

A Phenomena Based Physics - Volume 3 - Grade 8

Sound, Light and Heat for Grade 8

by Manfred Von Mackensen, Narrated by Michael Witri

Pedagogical Research Department, Union of German Waldorf Schools, Kassel, Germany, 1992

This is the entire book in one very large file and may take up to 5 minutes to download depending on your internet speed.
In print edition published by Waldorf Publications

A Phemomena Based Physics, Volume 2 - Grade 7

Sound, Light and Heat for Grade 7

by Manfred Von Mackensen, Narrated by Michael Witri

Pedagogical Research Department, Union of German Waldorf Schools, Kassel, Germany, 1992

This is the entire book in one very large file and may take up to 5 minutes to download depending on your internet speed.
In print edition published by Waldorf Publications

 

A Phenomena Based Physics - Volume 1 - Grade 6

Sound Light and Heat, Volume 1 of 3 - Grade 6 - Audio Book

by Manfred Von Mackensen, Narrated by Michael Witri
Pedagogical Research Department, Union of German Waldorf Schools, Kassel, Germany, 1992

This is the entire book in one very large file and may take up to 5 minutes to download depending on your internet speed.

In print edition published by Waldorf Publications

 

 

Learning Assessment in Waldorf School Classrooms - Audio book

Learning Assessment in Waldorf School Classrooms is the first recorded book offering. This research by Sara Ciborski and Helen-Ann Ireland was funded by the Waldorf Educational Foundation. Completed over four years of observation, journaling by Waldorf teachers and writing, the research is our first, peer-reviewed research on the effectiveness of the Waldorf approach to assessment (without standardized testing.)

The book is offered here with the generous permission of Academica Press, LLC.  In print version available from  www.waldorfpublications.org.

Narrated by Michael Witri, woodwork teacher at the Green Meadow Waldorf School, and voice over professional. Natt McPhee, Waldorf graduate, is the technical assistant on this project.

Download one chapter at a time due to the very large file size

Chapter One    Waldorf Education and Education Reform
Chapter Two     The Waldorf Understanding of the Purpose of Education
Chapter Three   Research Objectives and Procedures
Chapter Four    How Waldorf Teachers Set Learning Goals
Chapter Five     Teaching and Making Assessments in a Waldorf Classroom
Chapter Six      Formal Assessments in Waldorf Education
Chapter Seven  Learning-centered Assessments: Waldorf Methods in Concept
Chapter Eight   The Preparation, Profession, and Practice of a Waldorf Class Teacher
Chapter Nine    Teacher Evaluation in Waldorf Elementary Schools
Chapter Ten      Waldorf Education and the Future of Assessment for Learning