We receive frequent requests, particularly from small Waldorf-inspired crafts and toy businesses, to be added to this page. All of the businesses on this page are ones that we feel we can recommend through personal experience. Unfortunately we do not have the time to fully assess all the requests that come our way so we have started a second page of internet links: remember, these are not specifically recommended by Christopherus Homeschool Resources but just because we haven't recommended them doesn't mean they aren't great resources!
Internet Resources for Waldorf-inspired Homeschooling
"Homespun Waldorf is a cooperatively sustained and operated parent-to-parent support forum. It was started in 2011 by a group of Waldorf-inspired homeschooling parents, who wanted a place to connect, discuss, and learn about implementing the principles of Waldorf Education in their own homes. "
"Waldorf Family Network is a grassroots community service project serving individuals, families, and groups inspired by Waldorf Education. We work out of a deep respect and a profound sense of gratitude for the gift of Waldorf Education and for the work and indications of Rudolf Steiner."
They have another useful resource directory.
"Waldorf in the Home is written by Rahima Baldwin Dancy and Cynthia Aldinger (along with guest writers) for Waldorf parents, home schooling families and anyone interested in the LifeWays approach to parenting and childcare."
A links directory of Waldorf-related websites and services.
Barbara Dewey provides a consultation service, to assist parents in putting together their own Waldorf curriculum, as well as a number of useful booklets.
Got questions about Waldorf education or Rudolf Steiner? Heard some nasty rumors? This is the site to go to for clear and honest answers.
- www.waldorfsupplies.com (Paper, Scissors, Stone)
Crafts, Toys and Natural Living
"Nurturing the child's sense for life and imagination with a complete selection of natural craft & toy making supplies including 5 different varieties of wool felt, craft kits, homeschool supplies, books, games, natural toys, personal customer service and fast turnaround. "
(800) 359-2906, info (at) achildsdreamcom
True Botanica is a supplement company founded by three MDs working out of anthroposophy.
"Bella Luna Toys is a family-owned business offering a unique selection of hand picked Waldorf toys, homeschool supplies and natural craft kits. We offer exclusive products, great prices & friendly customer service!"
1-888-50-BELLA, info (at) bellalunatoyscom
Waldorf-inspired baby and children's woolen/cashmere clothing and wooden toys.
The original wooden toy provider in Ireland. We are committed to providing natural, nostalgic and non toxic toys, which encourage mulit-sensory and imaginative play, furthering the joy of learing and self discovery.
From our friends, Mary Kay and Roger Hagon: "Your Mail order Source for Spinning, Weaving, Carding, Knitting, Felting & Dyeing Supplies & Equipment, Essential Oils & Natural Insect Control."
715-268-5298, esf (at) earthsongfiberscom
"The Green Tara Eco Boutique - Natural and Organic Family Living Products"
(877) 327 3091
"Three Sisters specializes in Waldorf toys, dolls, books, and crafts. Flat rate shipping everyday just $5.95. We are also pleased to offer information on the importance of natural, creative play and tips on how to create a nurturing play space for children. Be sure to visit our playroom picture gallery for inspiration!"
Easy to follow instructions for making your own beautiful playstands. http://www.naturalkidstoys.com/
Unique, hand crafted natural fiber toys and home goods made by a home based family in Vermont.
See here for further Crafts, Toys and Natural Living links
Sources of Waldorf/Anthroposophical Books
Specializing in books for the Waldorf market, Bob and Nancy have oodles of experience with Waldorf homeschoolers and their needs.
This is the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. They have materials, including journals and research papers, not readily available elsewhere. Parents of older children will find useful resources here.
A wide selection of books by Rudolf Steiner and other authors. They have an education catalog. Also worth checking out is the SteinerBooks 'Spiritual Research Center', the archive of which contains free PDF copies of all of Rudolf Steiner's basic books as well as the foundational texts of Waldorf education.
Don't forget to check out Christopherus' own Amazon store: Donna has made selections of recommended titles in various categories and if you buy them through Amazon Christopherus gets a small cut!
Check out Rudolf Steiner College Bookstore's specialist catalogs Early Childhood Waldorf Resources and Curriculum Materials. Call (916) 864-4858 for copies.
The Rudolf Steiner Library, (518) 672-7690, is free to members of the Anthroposophical Society. There is a very reasonable lending fee for everyone else. The librarians are extremely helpful and their books by mail service is very efficient. Aside from just about every Waldorf and anthroposophical publication you could possibly want, the library has a wealth of books useful to home educators. Be aware, though, that there can be waiting lists for popular titles - so do plan ahead.
The Rudolf Steiner archive is an ever-growing online collection of the works of Rudolf Steiner.
A project of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education. A must for those wanting to research Waldorf education - articles, periodicals, books - everything you'll need!