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Set of 2 Audio CDs

Nancy Foster

2 Audio CDs in jewel case

$20.00

This Waldorf classic is brought to life in this audio CD set.  A full 87 songs are portrayed with loving care and gentle beauty.  This is a beautiful way to learn the songs so that you can share them with the young children you love.

An Acorn Hill Anthology

Nancy Foster

$20.00

Let Us Form a Ring is the original Acorn Hill Anthology and anyone who has used it can testify to the happy richness these songs and games bring to children. This is truly a classic collection. The collection is organized by season, celebrations and daily rhythms and is a treasure worth its weight in hugs and kisses.

Nature Activities for Children

Irmgard Kutsch and Brigitte Walden

Hardbound

$22.95

It is thrilling to see the second of this vibrant 4-book series in print in English. It is every bit as beautiful and as inspiring as it’s companion volume, Autumn, and I expect it will do a great deal to get all of us outdoors and loving our dear world more and more.

Spring is the time of creating and cleaning, of building and renewing, and each of the activities suggested here harness our impulses as they connect us and our children with the earth and nature. It’s hard to imagine more exhilarating and inspiring activity ideas than these.

Here’s what’s inside:

Introduction Between Heaven and Earth

MARCH

  • Nesting
    • Our Native Birds in Spring
    • Even Younger Children Can Help Build a Nesting Box
    • Nesting Help for Birds Box for hole nesters
    • Box for eave or platform nesters
  • Sowing, Planting, Growing
  • Sprouting Grain
  • Caring for Flowers
  • Sprouting Walnutes
    • Johnny Appleseed Grace
    • Johnny Appleseed
    • Thought about trees

APRIL

  • Creating Garden Spaces
    • Garden Work and Health
    • Landscaping a Garden as a Group Project
    • Actively Shaping Our Surroundings
    • Gardens at the Root of Social Change
  • What to Consider When Landscaping a Garden
    • Initial considerations
    • Action guidelines
    • Conclusions
  • Landscaping Ideas
    • Layered tree trunk wall
    • Climbing wall
    • Tree stump spiral for climbing and sitting
    • Twig layer wall
    • Building with stone and wood
    • A root mountain
    • Nesting places for insects, bats, wild bees and wasps
    • A willow arbour
    • Making a spring flute from a willow branch
    • Play pit
    • Stone herb garden
    • Paradise garden
    • Earthworms – compost in a worm box
    • Potato box
    • Strawberry pots
    • Keeping pets
    • April does what she wants

MAY

  • Plant-based dyes and paints
    • Making Dyes
    • Color chart for plant dyeing
    • Characteristics of plants used for dyeing
    • Painting with plant-based paints
    • The invigorating effect of plant colors
  • Milk Processing
    • The Cow – Serving humankind since ancient times
    • Milk – Lifeblood of the child
    • What can be made from milk
  • Beekeeping
    • From forest bees to beekeeping
    • The Bee Colony
    • Biology of the Bees
    • Beehives
    • Bee products
    • Swarming
    • How can children be included in beekeeping

Further reading and resources
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So – grab your sweaters, put on your shoes and let’s go outside!

Rudolf Kutzli

$28.95

The forms in Volume 3 represent a more advanced study which contains forms appropriate in some older grades classes, but mainly in the high school or for adults. The contents are over 90 pages of “forms in process,” interspersed with commentary and introductions to exercises. If you’ve ever thought form drawing wasjust a simple exercise,” you’ll marvel at the depth and life that Kutzli brings to the subject. (Try the form on page 40 of section 12 and let me know how you manage. Wow!)

Rudolf Kutzli

$26.95

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Kutzli’s presentation of form drawing is the most complete and dynamic, not to mention detailed, work on the subject available. Not only has he gathered a great deal of information about the nature and benefits of form drawing, but in offering the examples of the various forms, Kutzli has inserted the element of movement and transformation. The forms in Volume 1 represent a full range of forms suitable for the 8 grades (and beyond). The contents include introductions to the various exercises, verses for form drawers, verses for those studying form and 80 large pages of forms ranging from very simple to complex.

Encouraging Your Child’s Natural Development from Birth to Age Six

Rahima Baldwin

Paperback

$17.99

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher was one of the first books in America to popularize the insights of Rudolf Steiner, founder of the Waldorf schools, regarding the developmental needs of young children. This revised and updated edition offers new ways for parents and educators to enrich the lives of children from birth to age six.

From Nancy:
This book beautifully covers just about everything I remember experiencing as the mother of three young children. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have this book to help balance my perspective and offer one creative suggestion after another. If you feel somewhat alone and maybe a bit confused about how to sensitively raise your children, I really think Rahima’s insights will help you find your own positive direction. It would be wonderful if we all arrived at parenthood knowing everything we need to know, but many of us do not – that’s why this book is such a gem.

Rahmina warns abainst rushing children through childhood. She advocates a ‘slow parenting’ revolution which will allow children to develop at their own pace, and crucially, will help parents discover confidence in their own ability to parent and enjoy the magical first years of raising a child.

“Our children need us for the heart connection, but they don’t need constant adult input and intellectual stimulation,” she says. “Allowing children to be children today means recognising their need for creative play, which is the wor of childhood.”

Rahima’s practical, down-to-earth advice will help parents to:

  • understand their child’s unique personal, mental, soul and physical needs at each stage of development
  • nourish their child’s imagination with simple, homemade toys and materials from the garden and kitchen cupboard
  • enjoy storytelling, arts, crafts and musical activities with their child
  • create their own family rituals to ease the daily routine
  • use imitation, repetition and setting limits to promote positive discipline
  • value their own ability to understand and care for their child

From the Publisher:
Some of the most important learning years happen before your child reaches school. In You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, respected Waldorf educator Rahima Baldwin Dancy explains the different stages of learning that children go through from birth to age six, giving you the wisdom and understanding to enrich your child’s natural development in the right way at the right time. Today’s society often pressures us into overstimulating young children with flashcards, workbooks, videos, and electronic gadgets in a well-meaning attempt to give them a head start. But children are not little adults—they learn and grow in radically different ways at different ages, and what we do to help could actually hurt instead.

A trusted classic for over twenty years, this newly revised edition contains updated resources and additional information on discipline, early childhood programs, toilet training, using home life as curriculum, and more. From language and cognitive develop-ment to appropriate toys and nourishing your child’s artistic abilities, Dancy speaks up for a rational approach to child-rearing, one that helps children be children while we fulfill our important role as parents and first teachers.

This edition replaces You Are Your Child’s First Teacher – 2nd Edition.

336 pages, 6 1/8″ x 9 1/4″, 2012.

Ted Warren

Paperback

$15.00

This outstanding workbook is so beautifully conceived, with exercises that are so creative, engaging, and masterful in their ability to teach the basics of English grammar and syntax that I can only imagine parents, teachers and, yes, students cheering as they explore its pages. Accompanied by the information the teacher will bring from The Teacher’s Manual for Three Workbooks, students will discover clear rules for punctuation, parts of speech, and spelling. They will also discover how exciting English can be and some of the many wonderful things one can do with it.

Topics include:
  • Nouns and Verbs
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Nouns
  • Articles
  • Pronouns
  • Prepositions
  • Connectives/Conjunctions
  • Simple and Compound Sentences
  • Interjections
  • Numbers
  • Punctuation
  • Capitalization
  • Writing a Personal Letter

Ted Warren is an experienced Waldorf teacher who has dedicated his life to discovering effective ways to us Waldorf methods to firmly implant knowledge in the minds of students. The Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade manuals are the beginning of a series, and this Workbook is filled with the sort of content for which homeschoolers and class teachers have been yearning.

Recommended without reservation!

96 pages, 8 1/2″” x 11″, 2014.

John Blackwood

Softbound

$29.95

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Mathematics in Nature, Space and Time brings teachers (and thereby students) lesson after lesson from the GradeWaldorf mathematics curriculum: a tour de force review of geometric construction, from perpendicular angles to generalized spiroids; the harmonies and proportions of nature (spirals, Fibonnaci sequences, Golden angles, more); the nature of numbers themselves (numeric representation, binary numbers, units of measure, set theory, the magic of Pythagoras’ Theorem and Bhaskara’s demonstration).

What makes Blackwood’s guide so outstanding is that in addition to really clear and easy-to-follow explanations of every single thing to be covered in these lesson blocks, practically every page has one or more main lesson page, colored drawing, or photograph that will inspire the master teacher and leave a clear, richly laden path for the new teacher.

John Blackwood then takes on the 8th grade Waldorf mathematics curriculum and guides us through an exploration of the Platonic Solids with mathematical precision and an artist’s eye for color and form. It is heart-stoppingly wonderful to see and read his exposition of these forms — I’m quite sure Plato must be smiling.

He then completes the block with lessons on Rhythms and Cycles that brings alive the relationships of both space and time. You’ll love it. More importantly, so will your student(s). Blackwood’s work is one of the most valuable contributions to the teaching of the Waldorf curriculum to have ever been published.

This book is a new combination edition that replaces both Mathematics Around Us and Mathematics in Space and Time.

The loss of speech and how we need to foster speaking and communication in the electronic age

Rainer Patzlaff

Translated by J. Collis

Saddle-stitched pamphlet

$7.00

I believe this is one of the most significant articles on what is becoming the true crisis of our time, namely that as each generation comes forth, more and more cultural skills are being lost.  Cultural skills are the things we all take for granted in our dealings with other people, things like reading, writing, basic cultural literacy in terms of shared education and backgroundThat is, we used to take them for granted.  Now, it seems that each person presents a new puzzle as to which cultural skills they bring with them and which they do not.  And what skills they may have that are no longer honored or used in modern contexts.

What has become clear to anyone who has been watching the trend lines in education in the Western world is that these basic skills are slipping awayreading and writing are at much lower levels than they were even 20 years ago, and compared to 150 years ago, well, it’s just sad how very much we’ve lost in the way of vocabulary, grammar, and ability to write.

As if that weren’t enough, there is now serious evidence that the most fundamental means of communication is also slipping down the cultural slope:  speaking and the ability to communicate to others with speech is showing signs of alarming deterioration with each class of children that enters school.  A large part of the reason for this devolution, though not the only factor I would hasten to say, is the increasing exposure of very young children to electronic media, recorded voices, electronically amplified voices, etc.   Rainer Patzlaff has addressed this issue beautifully, citing not only sound documentation and studies, but offering both by example and by inference a solid picture of why each part of the Waldorf curriculum stands athwart this terrible trend and gives our children what they need to move forward in our culture.

The 18 pages of Childhood Falls Silent are some of the most important reading you may ever do.  I hope  that everyone who buys a copy shares it with every friend they have.  It is not a given by any means that cultural skills, once lost, can be easily restored.  Quite the opposite, historically.   And yet, there is a solution and it is elucidated in this little booklet: human speech spoken clearly by adults, stories that are complex and spoken, movement training that mimics the movements of voice and music, art training that allows things heard to take imaginative form, drama.  In short, those things that are housed within the world of Waldorf education, whether in the classroom or at home.

Creating Ritual and Ceremony

Linda Knodle

Saddle stitched

$16.00

Over the years, I have followed Linda Knodle’s “Coming of Age” curriculum work with great interest and no small amount of gratitude.  She has opened doors and hearts for both students and adults, and has been instrumental in bringing human warmth and wisdom into the realm of what is generally called “sex education.”

This little booklet continues the journey in a deeply practical way that is informed by love and a beautiful understanding of the human heart.  In it is a training exploration for adults seeking to offer their children and students meaningful ceremony to mark the key events of coming of age.

As with homeopathic remedies, its size is in inverse proportion to its healing capacity, and it is my hope that it is never just read, but is actually worked through by enthusiastic adults throughout the world.  The results of that working, I am convinced, will gift our students with an open-hearted understanding of their own sexuality and capacity for love.

Also available:
Human Fertility – 3rd Edition
Lessons for Middle School Issues – 3rd Edition

8 1/2″ x 11″, 2012.

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