The Education of the Child

Author: Rudolf Steiner,Christopher Bamford

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 0880109130

Category: Education

Page: N.A

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As early as 1884, while tutoring a boy with special needs, Steiner began a lifelong interest in applying spiritual knowledge to the practical aspects of life. Steiner originally published the essay at the core of this book in 1907. It represents his earliest ideas on education, in which he lays out the soul spiritual processes of human development, describing the need to understand how the being of a child develops through successive births, beginning with the physical body s entry into earthly life, and culminating in the emergence of the I-being with adulthood. Also included here are several early lectures on education (1906 1911). Contents: The Education of the Child in the Light of Spiritual Science, essay Teaching from a Foundation of Spiritual Insight, Berlin, May 14, 1906 Education in the Light of Spiritual Science, Cologne, December 1, 1906 Education and Spiritual Science, Berlin, January 24, 1907 Interests, Talent, and Educating Children, Nuremberg, November 14, 1910 Interests, Talent, and Education, Berlin, January 12, 1911 "

The Kingdom of Childhood

Seven Lectures and Answers to Questions Given in Torquay, August 12-20, 1924

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780880104029

Category: Education

Page: 155

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These talks are perhaps the best introduction to Steiner's ideas on Waldorf education. Given to a small group on his last visit to England in 1924, Steiner shows the need for teachers to develop themselves by transforming their natural gifts, and how teachers can use humor to keep their teaching lively and imaginative. Above all, he stresses the grave importance of doing everything with the awareness that children are citizens of both the spiritual and the physical worlds.

An Introduction to Steiner Education

The Waldorf School

Author: Francis Edmunds

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 185584172X

Category: Education

Page: 140

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This is an excellent introduction to the theory and practice of Steiner/Waldorf education, whether for teachers or anyone who would like to know more about Steiner{u2019}s ideas. It is especially useful for parents who are looking for a holistic education for their children.

Practical Advice to Teachers

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 0880108533

Category: Education

Page: 130

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How do Waldorf teachers put their educational ideals into practice in the classroom? How does a teacher connect geography and art and language in a way that enlivens the souls of children? What does a child's respect for the teacher mean for later life? These are only a few practical aspects of this initial course for Waldorf teachers.During an intensive two weeks, Rudolf Steiner gave three simultaneous educational courses to those who would be the first teachers of the original Waldorf school. One course provided the foundational ideas behind Waldorf education (The Foundations of Human Experience); another provided a forum for questions and lively discussions on specific issues in the classroom (Discussions with Teachers). In this course, Steiner takes the middle-path by integrating theory and practice.Here Steiner spoke of new ways to teach reading, writing, geography, geometry, language, and much more. His approach is tailored to the spiritual and physical needs of the children themselves, not to an arbitrary curriculum based solely on external results.At a time when public education is in a state of crisis, this book describes how children around the world are being guided into adulthood with a fuller sense of themselves and with a creative approach to life and the world around them.

Soul Economy

Body, Soul, and Spirit in Waldorf Education

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 0880109416

Category: Education

Page: 189

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The important lectures in this volume were given by Rudolf Steiner in Dornach, Switzerland, to leading educators, including many from England. As a result, he was invited to Oxford, England, to expand on some of the themes presented in these lectures. Steiner begins by placing Anthroposophy as the foundation for understanding the principles behind Waldorf education. In the talks that follow, he describes an education based on the human being as a continually developing being of body, soul, and spirit. Out of this perspective, Waldorf education depends on the teacher's ability to observe and respond to each stage of a child's development. Steiner shows how Waldorf education emphasizes the efficient use of children's inner energies, and how children can be nurtured through their natural stages of development by giving them just what they need at the right time - an approach that he refers to in these talks as "soul economy." The topics on education include: health and illness, children from before the seventh year through adolescence, physical education, esthetic education, and religious and moral education. These detailed and accessible lectures give parents and teachers the keys to a much-needed renewal of education for our children and their future.

Education for Adolescents

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 0880108436

Category: Education

Page: 90

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In these eight talks on education for adolescent-aged young people, Steiner addressed the teachers of the first Waldorf school two years after it was first opened. A high school was needed, and Steiner wanted to provide a foundation for study and a guide for teachers already familiar with his approach to the human being, child development, and education based on spiritual science. Steiner's education affirms the being of every child within the world of spirit. This approach works within the context of the child's gradual entry into earthly life, aided by spiritual forces, and children's need for an education that cooperates with those forces. Some of Steiner's remarks may be controversial, but unbiased study will lead to an appreciation of the profound thought and wisdom behind what is presented here.

Prayers for Parents and Children

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 1855840367

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 69

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Prayers for Parents and Children is a wonderful companion for parents who are looking for prayers to help their children on the journey through childhood. These are verses for every occasion; for the mother to speak for the incarnating soul as it prepares to be born, and for the baby after its birth; for the very young and older children; prayers for morning and evening; and graces to be spoken at the table. The context for the prayers is provided by Rudolf Steiner's lecture at the end of the book, which gives insight into the larger cosmic relationships in which the individual is involved before birth, during life, and after death.

Sun at Midnight

The Rudolf Steiner Movement and the Western Esoteric Tradition

Author: Geoffrey Ahern

Publisher: N.A


Category: Anthroposophy

Page: 256

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The Essence of Waldorf Education

Author: Peter Selg

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9780880106467

Category: Education

Page: 56

View: 9553

In this passionate, inspiring, and moving book, Peter Selg, speaking out of a deep knowledge of Anthroposophy and extensive experience as a child psychiatrist, goes back to the original impulses underlying the first Waldorf School to show their continuing validity and how they still respond to what we need today. From this point of view, Waldorf education is future-oriented, based on a holistic worldview that is simultaneously humanistic, scientific, and spiritual, and unfolds through a developmental curriculum and a teacher-student relationship based in love. Through this story of the first Waldorf School we learn to see Waldorf Education in a new way: in its essence, as a healing model of what education might become if the primary relationship, the inner core of a school, is the free relationship between teacher and student.

The Christ Impulse

and the Development of Ego-Consciousness

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 1855844060

Category: Anthroposophy

Page: 170

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‘Christ will reappear but in a higher reality than the physical one – in a reality which we will only see if we have first acquired a sense and understanding of spiritual life. Inscribe in your hearts what anthroposophy should be: a preparation for the great epoch of humanity which lies ahead of us.’ Rudolf Steiner’s teachings of Christ – and in particular what he refers to as the ‘Christ impulse’ – are unique. Christ, he says, is an objective universal force, existing independently of Christian churches and confessions, and working for the whole of humanity. The impulse that Christ brought to earth acts for the advancement of all people, irrespective of religion, creed or race. Speaking in Berlin whilst still a representative of the largely eastern-oriented Theosophical Society, Rudolf Steiner presents multifaceted perspectives on the Christ impulse, based on his independent spiritual research: from the vast cycles of time preceding Christ’s incarnation and the preparation for his coming, to the actual physical embodiment of Christ in Palestine, in Jesus of Nazareth, some two thousand years ago. Steiner also describes how Christ will influence the future development of the earth and humanity. In his opening lecture, Rudolf Steiner discusses the nature of the Bodhisattvas and their role in relation to Christ and human evolution. The Bodhisattvas are the great teachers of humanity, incarnating in human form during their passage through the various cycles of cultural development, and are intimately involved in preparing the work of the Christ impulse. In other lectures Steiner addresses subjects as diverse as the Sermon on the Mount in relation to the development of the faculty of conscience, and the current duality of male and female (microcosm) and its correspondence in the cosmos (macrocosm). The latter phenomenon is related to initiation within the Germanic and Egyptian mysteries, which reach their higher unity in Christian initiation. Among the myriad other themes that emerge here are: the introduction of the ‘I’ (or self) in human development and its essential connection to Christ; the preparation of the Christ impulse through the Jahveh religion and the law of Moses; the meaning of the Ten Commandments; and the new clairvoyance in relation to the appearance of Christ in the etheric.

Between Occultism and Nazism

Anthroposophy and the Politics of Race in the Fascist Era

Author: Peter Staudenmaier

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004270159

Category: Religion

Page: 420

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Peter Staudenmaier’s study Between Occultism and Nazism examines the controversial history of Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophist movement in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy as a case study in the political significance of esoteric and alternative spiritual groups.

The Dead Are with Us

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855841048

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 47

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Explains how those on the earth can keep a connection with loved ones who have passed on. This work describes the conditions in the environment of the dead, the advantages as well as the dangers of connecting with the dead, the importance of the moments of waking and going to sleep, and the appropriateness of different types of funeral services.

Anthroposophy in the Light of Goethe's Faust

Writings and Lectures from Mid-1890s To 1916

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9780880106399

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 444

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the great German polymath poet, scientist, dramatist, and novelist, was a major influence throughout Rudolf Steiner's life and teaching. When Steiner was still a student, he was asked to write introductions to Goethe's scientific writings (1884-1890). This work became the first volume in his own Collected Works, inspiring two further volumes: on Goethe's epistemology (1886) and Goethe's philosophy (1894). As Steiner moved closer to the esoteric world, he also gave seminal lectures on Goethe's fairy tale, "The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily." Only gradually and tentatively, however, did he finally approach Goethe's masterwork, the epic drama, Faust. This book contains eighteen lectures given between 1910 and 1916. A (forthcoming) companion volume (CW 273) contains lectures given between 1916 and 1919. Taken together, these two volumes illuminate in deeply esoteric ways both anthroposophy and Goethe's own astonishing vision; the first volume focusing more on anthroposophy, the second more on Faust. After ten informative extracts, spanning twenty years (from the 1880s to 1909) and illustrative of Steiner's ever-changing approach, the first lecture sets the tone for this collection: Goethe sought spiritual science, and Faust is the record of his striving. We are led to see how Goethe's great Faust drama is everywhere filled with embryonic insights that, when developed by Steiner, become anthroposophy. This theme is then unfolded, with ever-deepening focus, in lecture after lecture. Whether it is a question of the spiritual nature of matter, reverence for truth and knowledge, reincarnation, the Mystery of Golgotha, evil, the world of the elementals, aesthetics, the challenge of the times, or human destiny and evolution, these lectures show Goethe as a great initiate and develop anthroposophy-spiritual science-in a profoundly esoteric light. Book jacket.

Rhythms of Learning

What Waldorf Education Offers Children, Parents & Teachers

Author: Rudolf Steiner,Roberto Trostli

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780880104517

Category: Education

Page: 364

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Key lectures on children and education have been thoughtfully chosen from the vast amount of material by Steiner and presented in a context that makes them approachable and accessible. In his many discussions and lectures, Steiner shared his vision of an education that considers the spirit, soul, and physiology in children as they grow.


An Introductory Reader

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855841185

Category: Education

Page: 214

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Rudolf Steiner, the often undervalued, multifaceted genius of modern times, contributed much to the regeneration of culture. In addition to his philosophical teachings, he provided ideas for the development of many practical activities including education -- both general and special -- agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, religion, and the arts. Today there are thousands of schools, clinics, farms, and many other organizations based on his ideas.Steiner's original contribution to human knowledge was based on his ability to conduct spiritual research, the investigation of metaphysical dimensions of existence. With his scientific and philosophical training, he brought a new systematic discipline to the field, allowing for conscious methods and comprehensive results. A natural seer from childhood, he cultivated his spiritual vision to a high degree, enabling him to speak with authority on previously veiled mysteries of life.Topics include: a social basis for education; the spirit of the Waldorf school; educational methods based on anthroposophy; children at play; teaching through the insights of spiritual science; adolescents after the fourteenth year; science, art, religion, and morality; the spiritual basis of education; the role of caring in education; the roots of education and the kingdom of childhood; address at a parents' evening; and education within the broader social context.