Sometimes we need to read some useful resources to answer our internal questions about Rudolf Steiner’s education. What damages the excess of technology causes into children’s brains? Or what kind of artistic project is the most indicated for a seven-year-old? How math is taught in grade two?
It doesn’t matter what type of topic related to Waldorf pedagogy you are seeking, the internet can give you numerous answers. And some specific pages can give you the information you need. Or at least lead you to others that can.
So, this post brings five websites that may be useful for this kind of research.
A website for those who search for books about Waldorf education. It is a project from the Research Institute for Waldorf Education, where there are plenty of eBooks available to download. Some of them in Spanish and Chinese. There is a massive list of books sorted by level or subject with the indication of where to buy. Moreover, they have a list of audiobooks on the page in case you prefer to listen instead of reading.
And if you are looking for articles in English or Spanish, this is also the place to look. The only problem is that you have scroll down to find what you want because they don’t have a searching engine for that.
Other resources of Waldorf Library are a list of Waldorf related journals, Helpful links of Waldorf institutions and websites, and Rudolf Steiner resource. The last one is a list of articles written by Steiner and available for free.
The best thing about this online Waldorf resource is that all the downloads are free of charge. So, no excuse to read and understand more about Waldorf Education.
It is a page made by the Anthroposophical Society in America purely about Rudolf Steiner’s life and work. For those who wish to understand more about his history and developments, this is a great website to visit. Topics on Culture, Society, Art and other Steiner´s arguments are available to any interested reader.
If you want to know more about Steiner’s work, this is also a handy tool. It brings quotes, books and links to every one of Steiner’s contributions in the most diverse areas. The page presents thoughts on Education, Architecture, Agriculture, Religion, Art, Drama, and more.
It also includes a link to a page called Defending Steiner, that intends to debate the controversies and criticism over his work. Daniel Hindes, a former Waldorf Student and a History teacher at Austin Waldorf School in Texas – USA, is the author of both websites. He states in the opening page that “many of his ideas are `out there.´ They might seem quite strange; however, with a little effort, an open mind and basic logic it is possible to understand them.”
According to Daniel, the main purpose of the site is “to defend Steiner and his ideas from the many misrepresentations that are currently circulating.” So, if you were already inquired about any Anthroposophical controversy and did not know what to say, this is a good page to start your search for an answer.
More from Steiner with “28 books, hundreds of articles and essays, and over 6,700 lectures,” according to the authors. Moreover, you can find a daily and monthly meditation to deepen into yourself through Steiner’s exercises. Also, they select a Book of the Week and several audiobooks for free.
The page also provides book sources, blogs and links to relates websites and anthroposophical societies.
Talking about Online Waldorf Resources would not be complete if we do not mention the Mecca of Anthroposophy. If you don’t know, Goetheanum is the building conceptualized and built by Rudolf Steiner. It is the home of the Anthroposophical Society. Inside this Architectonic treasure, there is a department responsible for the Waldorf Education: the Pedagogical Section.
On the Publications tab inside the Pedagogical Section page, you can find all the Journals they published since 2009. Also, a conference in 2015 with “550 people from 46 countries” resulted in the publication “Transitions in the life of the child from birth to age 14.” The seven articles written in English and German by acknowledged names in the International Waldorf Community are available for free on the website.
On the Education tab, you can also find some short articles. From the basis of Rudolf Steiner’s pedagogy to the key Characteristics of Waldorf Education. On the initial page, you can find a list with all the Waldorf Schools, Kindergartens, and Daycares around the world. It is a large file with “1182 Waldorf and Rudolf Steiner schools in 66 countries and 1911 Waldorf Kindergartens in more than 69 countries.” You can find this wonderful online Waldorf Resource list here.
So, now there is no excuse to study Steiner’s readings or other Waldorf texts, except for the hard level of understanding of some of them. Jokes apart, the best way to overcome this difficulty, is to join or create a study group. Get forces and ideas together on the discovering of education for freedom. This is a tool that strengthens people and makes communities grow.
And if you still have any questions, remember to use IWalComm Forum to get the answers you need.
Love and Gratitude,
Juliana Troll Trujillo