Prospective and Current Trillium Families are encouraged to explore the roots of Waldorf education further. The following are suggested as excellent books to acquaint you with the Waldorf approach to child development and education, many of which are available in our store, Celebrating Sophia (link).
Between Form and Freedom, by Betty Staley.
A practical guide to the teenage years.
Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing Our Children From Birth to Age Seven, by Barbara Patterson and Pamela Bradley
Educating as an Art, by Piening and Lyons (Eds.)
Essays on various aspects of Waldorf education. A good first book.
Education Towards Freedom, by Frans Carlgren.
A survey of Waldorf education throughout the world with numerous color illustrations of children’s work as each aspect of curriculum is discussed. An excellent introduction to Waldorf education.
Lifeways, by Davies and Voors (Eds.)
Relating questions of practical home life – marriage, money, roles, discipline, mealtimes, etc. – to the Waldorf philosophy. Good for enriching home life and for providing a practical extension of what your child is experiencing at school.
Phases of Childhood, by Bernhard Lievegoed
School as a Journey, by Torin Finser.
The author describes his eight-year journey with his class. Provides valuable insight into the curriculum and the relationship between the teacher, students and families.
The Recovery of Man in Childhood, by A.C. Harwood. Discusses cycles of child-development and the Waldorf approach from early childhood through high school.
Heaven on Earth, by Sharifa Oppenheimer
Work & Play in Early Childhood, by Freja Jaffke
The 7 O’Clock Bedtime, by Inda Schaenen
The Children’s Year, by Stephanie Cooper, Christine Fynes, Clinton & Marye Rowling Children at Play, by Heidi Britz Crecelius
The Plug-In Drug, by Marie Winn
Incarnating Child, by Joan Salter
Toymaking with Children – Freja Jaffke
Festivals, Family and Food, by Diana Carey & Judy Large
Childhood, by Caroline von Heydebrand
Who’s Bringing Them Up, by Martin Large
You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, by Rahima Baldwin
Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk, by David Elkind
A Guide to Child Health, by Michaela Glockler & Wolfgang Goebel
Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children’s Minds-For Better or Worse, by Jane Healy
Endangered Minds – Why Children Can’t Think, by Jane Healy