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The Online Waldorf Library

Online Waldorf Library logoDid you know the Online Waldorf Library has hundreds of free ebooks available to download?

The Online Waldorf Library is a project of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education and provides access to publications on Waldorf education and related subjects. The Library includes an ever increasing number of eBooks in pdf format that can be downloaded to your computer, tablet or e-reader. Three titles that I particularly like in the collection are:

* An Overview of the Waldorf Kindergarten, edited by Joan Almon
* Completing the Circle by Thomas Poplawski
* Childhood Under Threat by Christian Rittelmeyer

These and many more can be freely downloaded from the Library – no log-in is required, just visit:

The Online Waldorf Library

The Library also contains links to journals, articles and other resources about Waldorf education, and a selection of titles are available in Spanish. The Library is a valuable resource to Waldorf teachers, parents, home schoolers, and anyone interested in Waldorf education.

If you want to know more about the Research Institute, they have a Facebook page that is worth following: www.facebook.com/WaldorfEducation


Free e-book: Transforming the workforce for young children

19401-0309324858-450Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8 explores the science of child development, particularly looking at implications for the professionals who work with children.

The National Academies Press in Washington publish more than 200 textbooks a year on a wide range of topics including Children, Youth and Families. This 2015 book edited by LaRue Allen and Bridget B. Kelly explores the science of child development, particularly looking at implications for the professionals who work with children. It examines the current capacities and practices of the workforce, the settings in which they work, the policies and infrastructure that set qualifications and provide professional learning, and the government agencies and other funders who support and oversee these systems.

The 700-pages book is illustrated with up-to-date colour and black-and-white diagrams and is divided into five parts:

I: Introduction and Context
II: The Science of Child Development and Early Learning
III: Implications of the Science for Early Care and Education
IV: Developing the Care and Education Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8
V: Blueprint for Action

Part II: The Science of Child Development and Early Learning, is practically a book-within-a-book at 160 pages long, and is an interesting and informative read for all members of the young children’s workforce.

We are fortunate to be able to download the PDF version of this title for free; the hard-cover version costs $75. To download a free PDF of Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8, go to:


Next click Download Free PDF, then Download as Guest, where you just need to enter an email address to download any of NAP’s titles. This one is an 11MB download, or you can download chapters individually.

A short 16-pages booklet is also available as a companion to the full book. Professional Learning for the Care and Education Workforce (2015) summarizes considerations from the report for planning and implementing high-quality and coherent professional learning for this workforce.
You can download a free PDF of the booklet at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog/21786/professional-learning-for-the-care-and-education-workforce

Minnesota parents know

MPKThis first-of-its-kind website remains a valuable resource.

Minnesota Parents Know is a resource filled with convenient and trusted child development, health and parenting information. The site was developed for parents by the Minnesota Department of Education, and it provides research-based information on child health, development, nutrition and safety in raising strong and healthy children.

The information on the site is organised into sections on the newborn, ages 1-2, ages 3-5, grade 12 and student-parents, and within each category there is a Parenting A-Z and a section on child development. There are a good range of videos accompanying the written information, with some available in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Lao & Khmer, courtesy of ECHO Minnesota.

The history of MN Parents Know dates back to 2006, but sadly the site does not appear to have been updated since 2013, so there are some broken weblinks. Nevertheless, it remains an attractive site and is easy to navigate.

I think the site is worth bookmarking because it is free, does not require any log-in, and you may find that one day it contains just the resource that you’re looking for!

Link: http://www.MNParentsKnow.info