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A Waldorf book list…

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I seem to take an immersion approach to new things that interest me. I read articles, critiques, blogs and of course as many books as I can get my hands on

And this has been the way of it with Waldorf too.

There are so many lovely and inspiring books about Waldorf. Ones about parenting, child development, Waldorf teaching and Waldorf crafts.

{Mmmm, the craft books… I will have to write a whole post devoted to those…}

But for now, here are my 5 favourite Waldorf books

#1 Beyond the Rainbow Bridge

By Barbara J. Patterson and Pamela Bradley

A wonderful starting place for learning about Waldorf. This book explains the gentle parenting approach that Waldorf inspires, by using rhythm, simple toys, less haste and respectful discipline.

Patterson also includes questions from the parent-child classes (playgroups) she has ran, with helpful suggestions for parents to try.

#2 You Are Your Child’s First Teacher

By Rahima Baldwin Dancy
For a deeper exploration of Waldorf and how it may be placed within our culture as a way to parent, Rahima Dancy provides a thoughtful and helpful resource.

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher includes useful discussion about academic vs play based learning, school readiness, and parenting challenges like returning to work.

#3 School as a Journey
By Torin M. Finser

This book brings us the story of Waldorf teacher, Torin M. Finser and the journey he took with his class. It is an inspiring story showing the dedication, creativity and warmth of Waldorf teachers.

As a parent considering Waldorf education, this book gave me a great deal of comfort. Finser also illustrated the wonderful relationship between teacher, student, family and school community.

#4 Heaven on Earth
By Sharifa Oppenheimer

For a handbook of Waldorf inspired ideas to incorporating into your home, Heaven on Earth is a valuable resource. From how to develop a rhythm that works for your family to how to celebrate festivals as a family.

This is a beautiful book that I like to return to for inspiration often.

#5 Simplicity Parenting
By Kim John Payne
Although not marketed as a ‘Waldorf’ book, Simplicity Parenting shares many of the same ideas about parenting and healthy, happy children (and is recommended reading for many new parents to Waldorf schools).

This is a book I revisit and with increasing lightness, continuously try to simplify our home, toys, books and lives.

Have you read these books? Did you like them?
What are your favourite Waldorf books?

Warmly, Kelly

This post was part of the series
How to bring Waldorf into your home…’
by Kelly of Happy Whimsical Hearts

You can see more from this series here.