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Because everything in Waldorf Education is based on the work of Rudolf Steiner, it's important for parents to be familiar with what Steiner says. This can best be accomplished by reading his original works that relate to Waldorf Education and Antroposophy.

Quite frequently, Rudolf Steiner is quoted out of context. Steiner is difficult, and it's important to read what Steiner says in full context. Fortunately for new Waldorf parents, many of Steiner's key works are available for free in full-text format online. You can find links to these free online texts in the table below. You can also order Steiner's books through Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Some of these book are out-of-print or hard-to-find, but you can often find them through Barnes and Noble's used book network. You may be able to find them at your local library, and Sometimes you can find books by Steiner in the "Occult" section of your local chain or independent bookstore. Finally, your Waldorf School probably has a lending library which may include some of these titles.

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This page links ONLY to complete books or lectures by Rudolf Steiner. To read what Steiner says about selected topics, visit the Steiner Says page. For other Waldorf links, visit the web links page.

An means teachers read this in Waldorf Teacher Training
An means this is essential reading for parents.
A means this is highly recommended reading for parents.
An means this was recently removed from the Waldorf Teacher Training reading list

The Rudolf Steiner Archive

You can find hundreds of works freely available online at the Rudolf Steiner Archive.

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You can use Google to search for any topic at the Rudolf Steiner Archive to see what Steiner says:

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Teacher Training Texts

At the very least, every Waldorf parent should read the books from Waldorf Teacher Training that are freely available online. You can find links to these books in the table below. While they are not a full representation of Steiner's view, they should give you a taste of some of the things Waldorf teachers study in Waldorf Teacher Training. You will also get a much better sense for the central focus of Waldorf education, and can better compare it with your own educational approach. For more on Waldorf Teacher Training, visit OpenWaldorf's Teacher Training page.

Waldorf Teacher Training Reading List


Title (A link below means you can read that title online for FREE!!)



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Self-Consciousness: the Spiritual Human Being


The Younger Generation (Out-of-print, hard to find!)

Summary, Article

The Spiritual Guidance of Humanity and the Individual

Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path (Previously Philosophy of Freedom) Look inside, Review

Anthroposophy in Everyday Life

The Four Temperaments
Overcoming Nervousness
Practical Training and Thought
Facing Karma

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The Kingdom of Childhood


A Western Approach to Reincarnation and Karma


The Threshold of the Spiritual World


Foundations of Human Experience (Previously The Study of Man)

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Discussions with Teachers
Practical Advice to Teachers Look inside

Waldorf Education for Adolescence

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A Road to Self-Knowledge


Man as Symphony of the Creative Word

An Outline of Occult Science (AKA An Outline of Esoteric Science)
Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment

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More on Waldorf

Additional Titles on Waldorf Education by Rudolf Steiner

Title (A link below means you can read that title online for FREE!)


Faculty Meetings with Rudolf Steiner


The Education of the Child in the Light of Anthroposophy

Education at the Waldorf School (NOT Steiner, but a disciple of Steiner)


Additional Titles On Anthroposophy by Rudolf Steiner

Title (A link below means you can read that title online for FREE!)


Cosmic Memory

Theosophy of the Rosicrucian

Guidance in Esoteric Training

The Universal Human

Waldorf and Anthroposophical Bookstores

Steiner Schools Fellowship Publications

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