Discovering Waldorf education is discovering a new world rich in research and community. The following articles and videos can help you learn more about our 100-year old educational model.
Today’s leading researchers are exploring many questions relating to child development, education, and neuroscience that affirm Waldorf’s 100-year old approach is both traditional and unconventional, and truly ahead of its time. Here are a few of the ways:
by Cindy Sage, M.A. & Ernesto Burgio, M.D., for Journal of Child Development
Multi-year teaching is shown to increase instructional time, enhance student engagement,support meaningful relationships, and improve academic performance.
by Nicole L. Thompson, Dana Pomykal Franz, Nicole C. Miller, in the Association for Middle Level Education.
The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development
by Scott Barry Kaufman, with Jerome L. Singer and Dorothy G. Singer in Scientific American, November 11, 2013.
The Serious Need for Play
by Melinda Wenner, in Scientific American, January 28, 2009.
Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Chapter 4: Movement and Learning
by Eric Jensen, on www.ASCD.org.
Gestures lend a hand to learning mathematics
by Susan Goldin-Meadow, Susan Wagner Cook, and Zachary A. Mitchell, University of Chicago, in Psychological Science, 2009.
The effects of handwriting experience on functional brain development in pre-literate children
Research by Karin H. James, Laura Engelbart; summary by Anna Mikulak in the Association for Psychological Science at www.psychological science.org.
A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop,
by Cindi May, Scientific American, June 3, 2014.
- Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent
by Nick Bilton, The New York Times, September 10, 2014.
by Matt Richtel, The New York Times, October 22, 2011.
by Liz Leyden, The New York Times, November 29, 2009.
by Sir Ken Robinson on TED.
A Silicon Valley School That Doesn’t Compute; Oct. 2011; The New York Times
Standing Out without Standing Alone: Profile of Waldorf School Graduates
by Douglas Gerwin and David Mitchell.
The Lost Virtue of Cursive; Oct. 2016; The New Yorker
What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades; June 2014;The New York Times
How Handwriting Trains the Brain; Forming Letters Is Key to Learning, Memory, Ideas. Oct. 2010; The Wall Street Journal
The Overprotected Kid; April 2014; The Atlantic
Music Helps Children Learn Maths
in The Telegraph (UK), March 22, 2012.
The Benefits of Music Education
by Laura Lewis Brown on www.PBSParents.org.
The Importance of Art in Child Development
by Grace Hwang Lynch on www.PBSParents.org.
For Forest Kindergartners, Class Is Back to Nature, Rain or Shine; Nov. 2009;The New York Times
Do schools kill creativity?
by Sir Ken Robinson on TED.
Resources on Media Use & Screen Time
Screen Addiction is Taking a Toll on Children; Jul. 2015; The NY Times
Teach Your Children Well: Unhook Them From Technology; Jan. 2016; The Wall Street Journal
Technology won’t fix America’s Neediest Schools. It Makes Bad Education Worse; Jun. 2015; The Washington Post
This is Your Child’s Brain on Video Games; Sep. 2016; Psychology Today
Screen-Time Studies Parents Should Know About; Nov. 2016; JanetLansbury.com (A RIE Blog – Resources for Infant Educarers)
In addition to the East Bay Waldorf School, the San Francisco Bay Area is home to a vibrant Waldorf educational community, with schools, professional teacher training, preschools, homeschoolers, and many families. Depending on your location or child’s age, there is a Waldorf School in reach of your family.
Berkeley Rose School
Children’s Sonnen House
Community School for Creative Education
Fruitvale District in Oakland
Mama Bear’s Playcare
Redwood Garden Preschool
WALDORF HOME SCHOOLERS IN THE BAY AREA
San Francisco Waldorf School
San Francisco Waldorf High School
Marin Waldorf School
Waldorf School of the Peninsula
The Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training
An Introduction to Waldorf Education by Henry Barnes
The Well-Developed Child by Sally Goddard Blythe
Steiner Education: Theory and Practice by Gilbert Childs
Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching From The Inside Out by Jack Petrash
Will-Developed Intelligence: Handwork & Practical Arts in the Waldorf School by David Mitchell and Patricia Livingston
You are Your Child’s First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy
Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children by Sharifa Oppenheimer