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Research and Study Material

A detailed understanding of the child as a being of body, soul, and spirit is at the heart of Waldorf education. We offer compilations of Rudolf Steiner's work as well as current research to reinforce our efforts to better understand and support the child's development.

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Childhood Falls Silent
$7.00
The Loss of Speech and How We Need to Foster Speaking and Communication in the Electronic Age

Rainer Patzlaff

This booklet, translated from German, gives a strong picture of the loss of speech and language abilities in children today, explains why technically transmitted speech diminishes brain function, and encourages us to counter it with life-giving, humanly connected speech. Learn More

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Cradle of a Healthy Life
$14.00
Early Childhood and the Whole of Life
Nine WECAN Conference Lectures by Dr. Johanna Steegmans
With summaries of lectures by Dr. Gerald Karnow

The task of the Waldorf early childhood educator is to lead the young child into a healthy relationship with the body. In this we can work together with the anthroposophic physician, who seeks to redirect what has become diseased or malformed through actively engaging with Rudolf Steiner's picture of the human being in body, soul, and spirit. Learn More

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Crisis in the Kindergarten - Why Children Need to Play in School
$12.00
A study of the loss of play in childhood and an argument for its re-incorporation into the kindergarten. Learn More

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Developmental Signatures
$20.00
Core Values and Practices in Waldorf Education for Children Ages 3-9

Rainer Patzlaff, Wolfgang Sassmannhausen, et al.

A report commissioned by the the German Association of Waldorf Schools. Learn More

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Education - Health for Life
$18.00
Education and Medicine working together for healthy development
Michaela Glöckler, Stefan Langhammer, Christof Wiechert

The concept for the Kolisko conferences is to present and make clear the pedagogical and therapeutic tools found within Waldorf education. In 2006, for the first time, there were nine such conferences held worldwide. This conference companion presents valuable study material for all who have an interest in the topic. Learn More

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El Desarrollo del Niño y la Educación Preescolar Waldorf
$7.00
The Development of the Young Child and Waldorf Early Childhood Education
Louise deForest, translator

Este libro es una compilación de artículos previamente publicados en otros libros de WECAN y incluye un artículo excelente escrito por Roberto Trostli titulado, La Educación Preescolar Waldorf: El Mundo de la Primera Infancia. (This book is a compilation of articles previously published in English in other WECAN books and it includes an excellent article written by Roberto Trostli called “The Waldorf Kindergarten: the World of the Young Child.”)
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First Grade Readiness (Second Edition)
$25.00
This revised edition of an important resource for all Waldorf schools includes new material by editor Nancy Blanning, an article by Ruth
Ker on research supporting later school entry, and updated versions of the sample observation forms. Learn More

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From Kindergarten into the Grades
$14.00
Insights from Rudolf Steiner
Edited by Ruth Ker

A carefully selected compilation of Rudolf Steiner's words about the time around the change of teeth and the entrance into school. Learn More

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Guidelines for Observing School Readiness - Brochure (Bundle of 5)
$7.50
From the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America, here are suggestions to help early childhood educators and parents consider the developmental readiness of the whole child for grade school enrollment. Learn More

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Multiculturalism in Waldorf Education
$7.00
Issue No. 3, The Waldorf Multi-Cultural Committee Newsletter
May 1993 Learn More

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On the Play of the Child, Second Edition
$14.00
A new, combined edition of On the Play of the Child and Playing, Learning, Meeting the Other. Learn More

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Out Comes the Sun DVD
$20.00
A DVD for childcare providers featuring Bernadette Raichle, Director of Awhina. Learn More

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Rubicon
$20.00
Developmental Steps Ages 7-10
Selections from the works of Rudolf Steiner
Compiled by Mona Ruef with some texts newly translated from the German by Nina Kuettel

Rubicon is a new translation of a book, Rubikon, published by the Medical Section of the Goetheanum in Dornach Switzerland. It is being published as part of the study material being made available for an upcoming international conference at the Goetheanum in March entitled, “Transitions.” The IASWECE inaugurated the conference and requested the publishing of the book in English. Learn More

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School Readiness Today
$14.00
A Report from the Pedagogical Section of the Goetheanum
Translated by Margot M. Saar Learn More

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Sexual Abuse Of Children
$7.00
Michaela Glöckler, head of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerrland

This brief study addresses the needs of the victim and provides an insightful view of the perpetrator. A reprint in pamphlet form of the same article included in The Young Child in the World Today (Gateways Series Volume One). Learn More

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Supporting Self-directed Play in Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education
$18.00
Renate Long-Breipohl
Photographs by Paulene Hanna and Sandra Busch

Drawing on research originally conducted in Australia, Renate Long-Breipohl indicates a path that all early childhood educators can travel in their journey towards a deeper understanding of children’s play.
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The Child from Birth to Three in Waldorf Education and Child Care
$18.00
By Rainer Patzlaff, Claudia McKeen, Ina von Mackensen and Claudia Grah-Wittich
Translated from the German by Margot Saar

This is a clear and succinct summary of the anthroposophical view of child development from birth to three, with concrete and practical suggestions for care of young children in an out-of-home setting. Learn More

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The Creative Word
$16.00
This slim volume by Daniel Udo de Haes is full of important insights and wise guidance. Learn More

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The Journey of the "I" into Life
$12.00
Edited by Nancy Blanning

Rudolf Steiner’s art of education was meant to serve the whole world, not just a single continent or country. What is universal in this education is that an I or a person or a Self wants to identify itself with an inherited body. The five keynote lectures from the 2012 International Waldorf Early Childhood Conference explore this theme from different points of view. Learn More

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The Mood of the Fifth
$20.00

A Musical Approach to Early Childhood
Edited by Nancy Foster

A collection of classic and newly-published material on the mood of the fifth, from experienced Waldorf educators and musicians.

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WECAN Brochure
$0.50
A beautiful visual introduction to Waldorf early childhood education, valuable for school events and admissions offices. Learn More

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WECAN Brochure - Customizable
$0.75
A beautiful visual introduction to Waldorf early childhood education, valuable for school events and admissions offices. Learn More

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What Is a Waldorf Kindergarten?
$15.00

Compiled and Introduced by Sharifa Oppenheimer


A collection of classic articles from the Waldorf Kindergarten Association Newsletter, with beautiful color photos and thoughtful introductions by Sharifa Oppenheimer. These articles were previously published in An Overview of the Waldorf Kindergarten and A Deeper Understanding of the Waldorf Kindergarten.

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You're Not The Boss of Me!
$32.00
Understanding the Six/Seven Year Old Transformation

Ruth Ker, editor

A wealth of insight and practical ideas from the WECAN Working Group on the Older Child in the Kindergarten. Learn More

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