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For Waldorf Parents
Heaven On Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children by Sharifa Oppenheimer: This book is a wonderful practical guide for bringing rhythm and Waldorf ideals into your home. In addition to raising her own sons, the author of this book has taught in a Waldorf kindergarten for more than two decades, and explains in very practical terms the reasons behind the things we do, and how you can successfully implement them at home. The parenting study group read this as their first book and universally raved about it. Even our most experienced parents were thrilled by the help in the book.
The Well Balanced Child: Movement and Early Learning by Sally Goddard Blythe: If you need more proof or scientific explanations for why play will lead to a child who is ready to tackle the world of reading, writing and arithmetic, then this is the book for you. The author is the Director for Neuro-Physiological Psychology in Chester, England. From the back cover, “the Well Balanced Child is a passionate manifesto for a ‘whole body’ approach to learning which integrates the brain, senses, movement and play. This practical, inspirational resource will help parents and educators to understand: Why movement matters, how music helps brain development, the role of nutrition, the brain and child growth, how to help children with learning and behavioral problems.”
In a Nutshell: Dialogues with Parents at Acorn Hill, A Waldorf Kindergarten by Nancy Foster: This is an excellent book for parents who want a quick read and love to learn from the world of FAQs (frequently asked questions). These questions “provide windows on the lives of young children both at home and in a Waldorf school setting.”
You are Your Child’s First Teacher: What Parents Can Do with and for Their Children from Birth to Age 6 by Rahima Baldwin Dancy: This is a great guide from birth onwards, providing you with the theory behind the importance of imitation and rhythm.
Seven Times the Sun: Guiding Your Child through the Rhythms of the Day by Shea Darian (companion CD available): Once you have a better idea of the kind of rhythm you would like at home, this is a wonderful source for songs, stories and family rituals that you can weave in.
Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing Our Children from Birth to Seven by Barbara J. Patterson and Pamela Bradley: This book talks about things discussed in some of the other books, but also talks about the 12 senses of the children and how to develop them, along with a chapter devoted to creative discipline.
School as a Journey by Torin Finser
Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne
Rhythms of Learning, Edited by Roberto Trosli
Waldorf Education: A Family Guide, Edited by Pamela Johnson Fenner and Karen Rivers
Bringing the Steiner Waldorf Approach to your Early Years Practice by Janni Nicol
What is a Waldorf Kindergarten? By Sharifa Oppenheimer