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1.                Websites


Steiner Waldorf education:

“Why Waldorf Works” - a US-based comprehensive website about Steiner Waldorf education. 


“Waldorf Answers” - another good website on the philosophy and practice of Steiner Waldorf education with links to many schools worldwide.


Website of the UK Steiner Waldorf School fellowship containing information and support for the Steiner Waldorf community in the UK and Ireland:



Irish Steiner Kindergarten Association (ISKA) is Ireland's national voluntary association of Steiner Waldorf childcare practitioners.


Some other Irish & UK Steiner Waldorf Schools include:

Holywood Steiner School, Co. Down:


Michael Hall Steiner Waldorf School, East Sussex:



2.               Articles


“Why Waldorf Works: From a Neuroscientific Perspective” by Dr. Regalena Melrose:


“The Silicon Valley School that Doesn’t Compute” by Matt Richtel, New York Times, October 2011:


“Death of Preschool? The trend in early education is to move from a play-based curriculum to a more school-like environment of directed learning. But is earlier better? And better at what?” by Paul Tullis, in Scientific American Mind, November / December 2011 issue:



3.          Recommended reading


You Are Your Child's First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin.

Nowadays parents are bombarded by any number of approaches about how to be with their children. This book introduces a new way of understanding the human being so that parents can be best equipped to serve as their own children's best teachers.


Well, I Wonder - Childhood in the Modern World, a handbook for parents, teachers, and carers by Sally Schweizer:

Calling for a new evaluation of childhood and an awakening to the real needs of children, this book is packed with practical advice, anecdotes, humour and delightful quotes from the children Schweizer has taught. Rudolf Steiner Press ISBN 185584124X


Free To Learn: Introducing Steiner Waldorf early childhood education by Lynne Oldfield.

This book gives a picture of stress free childhood, exciting ways of seeing children, recognises the crucial roles of parents and teachers, and above all it values and respects the child. Hawthorn Press, ISBN 1903458064


Natural Childhood, the first practical and holistic guide for parents of the developing child by John Thomson, with Rahima Baldwin, Michaela Glockner, and Roland Meighan.

This beautiful book is comprehensive and enjoyable as well as practical. Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0-02-020739-5


The Hurried Child - growing up too fast too soon by David Elkind.

Dr. Elkind shows that in blurring the boundaries of what is age appropriate, by expecting-or imposing-too much too soon, we force our kids to grow up far too fast. Dr. Elkind takes a detailed, up-to-the-minute look at the world of today's children and teens in terms of the Internet, classroom culture, school violence, movies, television, and a growing societal incivility--where hurrying occurs and why, and what we can do about it. Da Capo Press, ISBN 978-0738204413


Toxic Childhood bySue Palmer.

This book caused a stir when recently published, which its title was exactly designed to do. It covers diet, media and quality of time issues. Orion, ISBN 978-0752880914


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This animation is the the short version of an insightful talk Sir Ken Robinson gave about some of the changes he feels need to be made in education.
Our world is changing at a rapid and dramatic pace. Every decade brings technological advances and unforeseen social change. So how can we prepare our children for a world we can’t envision? In this very interesting TEDx talk, Steiner Waldorf teacher, Jack Petrash makes the case that the best way to do that is to educate our children to develop three essential capacities: a capacity for vibrant and vigorous activity, a capacity for a sensitive and yet resilient emotional life, and a capacity for clear, focused, original, thinking.