Welcome! I’m Jean, a longtime Waldorf homeschooler and mother of three. I put together this list of resources for Waldorf homeschooling to help you navigate through everything that is available on the wonderful Waldorf journey. If you want help creating a homeschooling plan from all of these resources, check out the ways I can support you here: What I Offer.
www.christopherushomeschool.org Donna Simmons is a trained Waldorf teacher and homeschooling Mom. She offers curriculum for grades 1-5 along with a variety of unit studies, a Kindergarten guide, a very informative Waldorf Curriculum Overview, and audio downloads on various topics. Lots to check out on her site including a great article, “Waldorf 101.”
www.live-education.com Live Education! Publishes curriculum for Waldorf homeschoolers and teachers for grades K-8. Lovely curriculum book sets for each grade that come with consultation. Must purchase entire grade package.
www.waldorfessentials.com Melisa Nielsen is a Waldorf homeschooling parent who offers curriculum and support for grades 1-7 and also an Early Years program. She also offers a training program for Moms called Thinking, Feeling, Willing.
www.lavendersbluehomeschool.com Lavender’s Blue offers a kindergarten curriculum organized by the seasons, and a first- and second-grade curriculum. These are complete weekly guides, with stories, song recordings and verses.
www.oakmeadow.com Oak Meadow publishes homeschool curriculum materials for Pre-K through High School and has an accredited distance education school. Not purely Waldorf (lessons are not set up in main lesson blocks), but influenced by Waldorf.
www.Earthschooling.com Kristie Burns offers curriculum packages and lessons for grades preschool through 8th grade and high school as well. All lessons are created by a team of Waldorf and certified teachers and include videos, MP3s, and lectures for teacher support.
www.mathbyhand.com Hands-on, interactive math kits for grades 1-4, made specifically for homeschoolers by a CA Waldorf teacher. Each kit comes with all the materials needed to make each project; effective, fun and complete.
www.waldorfinspiredlearning.com This is my (Jean Miller’s) website and blog where I offer weekly inspiration through blog posts and a newsletter. I also have a Planning guide, an online coaching program Plan It Out, and I offer one-on-one Mentor Sessions. Plus so much more! I encourage you to have a look around.
www.waldorfwithoutwalls.com Barbara Dewey (my mentor) publishes many small, helpful books including one on Getting Started, a great Form Drawing book, and books on Handwork, Math, Watercolor Painting and more.
www.millennialchild.com Eugene Schwartz’s site has lots of CDs on various topics including each grade, and he offers online conferences by grade. He has very helpful free outlines of each grade as well. And check out the article “Freedom of Choice or Freedom from Choice?”
www.celebratetherhythmoflife.com Lisa Boisvert-Mackenzie offers the Living Curriculum Program for early childhood that focuses on simple rhythms, songs, and verses; and eCourses to support and inspire parents and teachers. Here’s a link to an article about getting organized for homeschooling: http://thewonderofchildhood.com/2011/06/homeschooling-get-organized/
www.thewaldorfconnection.com Donna Ashton is a homeschooling mother of twins. She offers training and support particularly for parents of young children. Donna organizes the annual Global Waldorf Expo, bringing talks with Waldorf education experts to the homeschooling community online.
www.awaldorfjourney.com Meredith Floyd-Preston is a mother of 3 teenagers and a trained and experienced Waldorf teacher who blogs and podcasts about her experiences at A Waldorf Journey. She also offers curriculum and training materials for teachers and homeschoolers, and hosts a wonderful Podcast. You can listen to my conversation with Meredith here.
www.homemusicmaking.blogspot.com Jodie Mesler has created Living Music from the Heart: Music Curriculum for Waldorf-Inspired Homeschoolers for teaching penny whistle or recorder at home. Volume 1 is for the 6-year-old; Volume 2, for 7-9-year-olds. She also has Festival songbooks and CDs.
www.syrendell.blogspot.com Jennifer Tan is a fiber artist and Waldorf Mom who has handwork e-books for sale, among other things. Rick Tan is a Waldorf teacher and offers c-courses and workshops on chalkboard drawing and watercolor painting.
www.bravewriter.com “Supports and nurtures the homeschool family in the areas of Language Arts and writing from grammar school until college with online classes, home study courses and language arts programs.” Publishes magazines on individual fiction titles complete with dictation, narration and writing ideas for both elementary and high school.
www.ddarcy.com David Darcy has a great book Inspiring Your Child’s Education: A Holistic Curriculum and Teacher Training Guide as well as a book and CD on the pentatonic recorder.
www.jamieyorkpress.com Publisher of Waldorf math books for private, public and home schools: the Making Math Meaningful curriculum and workbooks for each grade. This site also has wonderful Free Downloads of practice and review sheets, lesson plans, and math facts flashcards.
www.molletacademy.com David Mollet offers “teaching Packs” based on the Waldorf approach to education, making stories and drama an integral part of the lessons and involving students through storytelling, art, simulations, drama, craft, discussion and creation of a personal record. Available packs include: Ancient Civilizations/World History, History of California, and Mathematics – Fractions and Multiplication Tables.
www.movementforchildhood.com A resource for teachers and parents who want to provide children a path to healthy development through age-appropriate movement activities inspired by Waldorf education.
www.mainlesson.com “Bringing Yesterday’s Classics to Today’s Children,” The Baldwin Online Children’s Literature Project seeks to make available a comprehensive collection of stories for different grades for teachers and parents – folk tales, myths, legends, fairy tales. Its focus is on literature that is in the public domain, published between 1880-1922. Great resource.
www.weefolkart.com Patterns and crafts from three generations of crafters. They also have a free kindergarten curriculum plan with a simple schedule of story, activity, art and poetry for each week.
www.prometheanpress.com Promethean Press aims to produce valuable aids to Waldorf Teachers in Music, Singing, Speech and Drama, Geometry, Child Development, Anthroposophy and other areas; books of verses and recorder music from Waldorf teacher John Miles.
www.starlitepuppets.blogspot.com Starlite Puppets is dedicated to sharing the art of storytelling through puppetry and live music. They offer a few books of stories and songs and puppet-making kits.
www.junipertreepuppets.com Juniper Tree Puppets is a resource for puppetry and storytelling arts, exploring the art and archetype, the magic and meaning, the wisdom and healing of story and ensouled puppetry. They offer puppet making kits, story resource books, and training.
www.waldorfcurriculum.com Site includes free unit studies for kindergarten and the grades as well as tips on planning and an overview of the Waldorf curriculum.
www.waldorflibrary.org So many incredible resources here. Under Journals, you can find back issues of a newsletter published from 1967-1988 written by and for Waldorf teachers; back issues of Gateways: A Newsletter of WECAN; Renewal magazine and so much more. Website has a search feature.
http://www.rudolfsteineraudio.com MP3s and zip files of many books and lectures by Rudolf Steiner all for free to download or listen to on your computer.
www.rsarchive.org Steiner’s lectures, books, and articles can be read here online as well as summaries of his books.
www.whywaldorfworks.org “Everything You Need to Know About Waldorf Education” This is the new AWSNA site, the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.
www.openwaldorf.com New Waldorf Education super-site!
www.anthroposophy.org The Rudolf Steiner Library, founded in 1928, is the lending and mail-order library of the Anthroposophical Society in America (click on Library on toolbar). Society members automatically receive library membership at no additional charge. Non-members can join the library for a $100 annual membership fee for the first year, and $50 per year thereafter. The library has over 25,000 volumes.
www.NCLIcoalition.org The No Child Left Inside Coalition is a broad-based organization made up of more than 600 member groups from across the United States who believe young people should receive a strong education about their natural world. The Coalition’s focus is the passage of the federal No Child Left Inside Act which would authorize major new funding for states to provide high-quality, environmental instruction.
www.waldorfearlychildhood.org Site of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America. “Our mission is to protect and nurture the healthy development of the young child. We provide resources for early childhood educators and parents interested in Waldorf early childhood education.”
www.allianceforchildhood.org The Alliance for Childhood works on issues related to preserving childhood, including supporting the importance of play and working against the commercialization of childhood and high stakes testing.
www.natureinstitute.org The Nature Institute’s mission is “viewing nature, science and technology in context.” They offer education programs and publications founded on the Goethean approach to science and nature.
www.novainstitute.org The Nova Institute seeks to bring fresh insights into parent and teacher education through a deeper understanding of children. The organization was founded by Jack Petrash, author of Teaching from the Inside Out.
My Favorite Books
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3 Favorite Books to Introduce Waldorf Education
|1. You Are Your Child’s First Teacher (Rahima Baldwin)|
|2. Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out (Jack Petrash)|
|3. Waldorf Education: A Family Guide (Pamela Johnson Fenner & Karen L. Rivers, ed.)|
If you are new to Waldorf, check out my specific suggestion here: Just Starting with Waldorf Homeschooling?
4 Favorite Books for more in-depth Waldorf Curriculum
|1. The Tasks and Content of the Steiner-Waldorf Curriculum (Martyn Rawson & Kevin Avison)|
|2. Rhythms of Learning: Selected Lectures by Rudolf Steiner (Edited by Roberto Trostli)|
|3. The Curriculum of the First Waldorf School (Caroline von Heydebrand)|
|4. The Christopherus Waldorf Curriculum Overview for Homeschoolers (Donna Simmons)|
3 Favorite Books/Articles on Overviews of Specific Grades
(Keep in mind that these all describe classroom settings.)
|1. Teaching As a Lively Art (Marjorie Spock)|
|2. School As a Journey (Torin Finser)|
|3. The Essentials of Waldorf Early Childhood Education (Elizabeth Grunelius)|
Favorite Supplies for Homeschooling
|1. Stockmar Watercolor Paint|
|2. Stockmar Crayons|
|3. Stockmar Modeling Beeswax|
|4. Lyra Colored Pencils|
Bookstore at Rudolf Steiner College (www.rscbookstore.com)
AWSNA Publications Catalog (www.waldorfpublications.org)
Paper, Scissors, Stone (www.waldorfsupplies.com)
Meadowsweet Naturals (www.meadowsweetnaturals.com)
Bob and Nancy’s Bookshop (www.waldorfbooks.com)
Crafts & Playthings
Want help putting all of the resources together into a homeschooling plan? Check out my guidebook, Planning for Waldorf Homeschooling: Keeping It Simple or my group coaching program, Plan It Out, to help you create your own unique plan.