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book_large In recent years, there has been a notable increase in the number of parents choosing to teach their children at home rather than sending them to school. In this book, Catherine Read describes her experiences following her decision to school her children at home and to follow the curriculum used in Steiner-Waldorf schools. The result is the story of her journey as the primary teacher of her two daughters through the entire Waldorf curriculum - from early childhood through to high school. She outlines what she did, when she did it and why. In this inspiring account, Read reveals the flexible, artistic, challenging and ultimately rewarding nature of this unique approach to education. For any parent considering home schooling, this book is an encouraging and instructional companion.

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Catherine Read holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from UCLA and is a Visiting Scientist at Rutgers University and an Associate at Ithaca College. She is the editor, with P. Zukow-Goldring, of Evolving Explanations of Development (Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press, 1997). She homeschooled her two daughters from kindergarten through the eleventh grade using the Waldorf curriculum. Catherine studied Waldorf Teaching in the Lower School at the Waldorf Institute of Teacher Training in Los Angeles and in Orange County, California. She took Waldorf Teacher Training for the High School through the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, NH, where she majored in Physics and minored in English. She took summer courses for Waldorf Teachers at Gradalis, Sunbridge College, and Rudolf Steiner College. She has conducted workshops on a variety of topics, including music in the mood of the fifth, festivals, dyeing with plant dyes, nature meditations, and on homeschooling grades one through eight. Catherine has served on the Board of the Lyre Association of North America, and taught in the Resonare Music Foundation Course and the Dorion School of Music Therapy. She has taught in the M. C. Richards program on educating attention through nature observations. Catherine strives to study according to Rudolf Steiner’s method of thinking.


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