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Charles Kovacs

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$16.95

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Charles Kovacs’ ability to knowledgeably present any part of the Waldorf curriculum with warmth, grace and depth never ceases to amaze and delight me. His lesson notes, no matter the subject, are always useful and inspiring and interesting in the way that non-fiction seldom is.

In Botany, Kovacs provides a tour de force through the Waldorf 5th/6th grade Botany curriculum – He beautifully characterizes and describes different plants and the families of which they are a part, how they look, how they grow, where they live, what they do. There are sketches illustrating key features, chapters about seeds, butterflies, pollen in addition to those about specific plants and plant types. At the end is a long section about the plants we human beings use.

All of this is prefaced with one of the best essays I’ve ever read about the developmental stage of the 5th and 6th grader, and how to meet their needs educationally.

Another great Kovacs book – what a gift to students and teachers, whether in the classroom or at home!

Zodiac, Planets and Cosmos

Rudolf Steiner

Softcover

$25.00

From the publisher:

10 lectures in Düsseldorf, April 12–18, 1909; notes by participants from question-and-answer sessions

Ever since nature and consciousness were separated during the late Middle Ages—giving rise to scientific thinking that considers only the physical world and views the mind as merely an epiphenomenon of neural chemistry—the spiritual beings who are the universe have felt abandoned and unable to complete their work, which depends on human collaboration for its suc­cess. Human beings have likewise felt aban­doned and alienated.

In these remarkable lectures, Rudolf Steiner reestablishes the human being as a participant in an evolving, dynamic universe of living spiritual beings: a living universe, whole and divine. He does so in concrete images, capable of being grasped by human consciousness as if from within.

How is this possible? Implicit in Rudolf Steiner’s view is the fact that, essentially, the universe consists of consciousness. Everything else is illusion. Hence, to understand the evolution of the cosmos and humanity in any terms other than consciousness is also an illusion. Whenever we are dealing with grand cosmic facts, we are dealing with states of consciousness.

But states of consciousness never exist apart from the beings who embody them. Therefore, the only true realities are beings in various states of consciousness. In this sense, Steiner’s spiritual science is a science of states of consciousness and the beings who embody them. Indeed, any science—physics, chemistry, botany, psychology—is a science of beings. And the sensory perception, or physical trace, is simply the outer vestment of the activity of beings in various states of consciousness. To describe these beings, Steiner uses the names made familiar by the wisdom traditions of the West. He speaks of the evolutionary states of Saturn, Sun, Moon, and so on; the nine choirs of angels; elemental beings and nature spirits; and the elements of fire, earth, air, and water.

LECTURES:

  1. The Renewal of Primeval Wisdom
  2. The Four Elements, Fire, and the Elemental Beings: the Lowest Realm of the Hierarchies
  3. Planetary Evolution: Saturn and Sun Stages of Evolution and the Spirits of Personality
  4. The Work of the Spiritual Hierarchies and the Zodiac
  5. Cosmic Evolution and the War in Heaven
  6. Geocentricity and Heliocentricity in Cosmic Evolution
  7. The Constitution of Spiritual Beings and Humanity
  8. The Spiritual Hierarchies, the Zodiac, and the Human Being
  9. Evolution and the Cosmic Human Body
  10. The Christ

240 pages, 6″ x 9″, 2008.

Walking Night Bear & Stan Padilla

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$11.95

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You and your children can enter into a beautiful story of how it came to be that the Creator of All Good Things gave healing herbs to the people of the Earth.  It all began when the Creator of All Bad things brought disharmony, and thereby illness, to the world.  Seeing this, the Creator of All Good things made a special plants to cure the illnesses that were brought to the world. 

What follows are the stories of seven herbs that encompass various forms of disharmony and their healing solutions.  You and your children will learn how the plants grow, why the Creator of All Good Things gave them particular healing powers, and how it is that the people use them.  Couched within this myth that resonates with the Greek myth of Pandora’s Box story, Genesis 1:12 from the Judeo-Christian tradition, and many other world creations stories, is one of the finest presentations of botanical natural history and herbal wisdom that I have come upon.  Any child who is treated to this book will learn things of value for the entirety of their lives, and in ways that will not soon be forgotten.

Song of the Seven Herbs is just right for the Waldorf 5th grade botany block.  Covered are the following herbs: Stinging Nettle, Yarrow, Dandelion, Violet, Chicory, Wild Rose, Sunflower.  This book is a joy – one to share and return to as often as you need a reminder of the ways of goodness in the world of ours.

Highly recommended for children and adults over age 10.

Prevention, Treatment and Healing

Dr. Johannes Wilkens, Gert Böhm

Translated by Peter Clemm

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$30.00

Mistletoe is a parasitic evergreen plant that lives on trees such apple and elm. Modern complementary therapies for cancer increasingly make use of mistletoe preparations. However, mistletoe grows on many different trees, and the properties of the plant vary according to the host.  Mistletoe Therapy for Cancer presents, for the first time, an important reference for practitioners on the characteristics of each type of mistletoe and the kinds of cancers they are best suited to treat. Thirteen host trees are described, covering aspects from mythology and botany to homeopathy and flower essences. The authors pull the various characteristics together, providing a unique guide to the different types of mistletoe and which patients might benefit most from the individual varieties. The results will be useful not only in treating cancer, but also in prevention.

Mistletoe Therapy for Cancer includes specific case studies, as well as notes on supplementary therapies using metals.

Jakob Streit

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$10.00

This story reader for younger children relates the adventures of a honeybee named Little Bee Sunbeam. The little bee is in a search for a particularly good nectar to make honey when it suddenly becomes very cold. Honeybees cannot fly when the temperature drops so abruptly and our little bee must spend the night alone in the forest where an exciting adventure unfolds.

I would recommend it for Grade 5 as a reader based on the level of vocabulary used – it also fits in beautlifully with the Botany lesson block. For grades 3 and up, it can be used as a story to be read by an adult.

Jakob Streit

Softbound

$10.00

Streit’s father was a beekeeper and it was in early childhood that Jakob developed a passion for the honeybee. This exquisite reader factually and scientifically allows one to enter into the magic and mysterious world of the bees.

The Bee Book offers a beautiful transition from the Animal and Human Being lesson block of Grade 4 to the Botany lesson block of Grade 5 – and would be an appropriate reader for those grade level.

Poems collected by Heather Thomas

Hardbound

$37.50

A Journey through Time is a resource book to treasure, an invaluable collection of poetry for use by teachers at every stage of elementary school. The poems are arranged by age group from 6 to 14 and support the subject matter of lessons, from botany and physics to history and astronomy, and, of course, English. Works by Shakespeare, Blake, Wordsworth, Browning appear along with the refreshingly unfamiliar. Also included are meditative verses for teachers. It is wonderful to see A Journey through Time beautifully hardbound at long last – and a joy to see it back in print.

A Program of a Waldorf Grade School Teacher

Eric K. Fairman

$21.00

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Please see the blurb for Volume 1: Grade 1 for my very enthusiastic review of Eric Fairman’s terrific work!

The Contents of Vol. 5: Grade 5 are:

  • Introduction and Acknowledgments,
  • Ancient Mythologies: Australian Aboriginal Creation Legend, Ancient Mythologies: Which Stories to Tell?, Ancient Mythologies: Greek Olympics;
  • Botany – the Lily and the Rose, Botany: Plant and Human Being, Botany: The Four Kingdoms of Nature, Botany: The Form of the Plant, Botany: Roots, Stalks, Leaves, Botany: Photosynthesis, Botany: Pollination and Fruits, Botany: Hidden Wonders, Botany: Australian Aboriginal Flower Legend;
  • Mathematics: Measurement – a short history, The Decimal System, Using Division to Change Fractions, Decimals and the Four Processes, Use of Decimals in Graphs, Pie charts; Geometry;
  • Poems and Verses;
  • Children’s Reading List;
  • Bibliography;
  • Annual Lesson Schedule

Lectures to Public School Teachers in Basil, Switzerland April 20 - May 16, 1920

Rudolf Steiner

Softbound

$16.95

Following a lecture requested by the department of education in Basel, Switzerland (published in Spirit of the Waldorf School), sixty members of the audience invited Rudolf Steiner to return and deliver a complete lecture course on his approach to education. This work is the result. Like other lectures by Steiner to public audiences, these are accessible and practical, and they provide a real overview to his ideas for renewing modern education.

This lecture course is newly translated for this series. It covers a broad range of subjects: from the threefold nature of the human being to the teachers’ responsibility toward their students’ future; from arts such as music and eurythmy to the problems involved in training teachers; and from zoology and botany to language, geography, and history.

This is one of my favorite of Steiner’s education courses – all the more so as it was delivered to public school teachers.