Educating the Will

Michael Howard



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Back in stock!! This newly reprinted edition has the same content as the original, but in a smaller, more manageable size.

Michael Howard penetrates the depth of Waldorf education’s unique process of educating the “will” in children. One of the most useful and fascinating aspects of his book is his thought-filled journey into the qualities and training of the “thinking-will” the “feeling will,” and the “comprehensive or common will.” His identification of different sculpture exercises as having to do with a particular type of will training opened doors of understanding for me, and I suspect will do the same for most readers. His final chapter offering practical exercises for application along with photo examples of projects is an added - and exciting - bonus. The projects include: indoor sandbox, form modeling, seed drawing, sand modeling, modeling human and animal forms, stone carving, wooden spoons and bowls, and platonic solids.

This is a masterful and highly practical exploration of what it means to educate the will, and of the qualities of will teachers and parents can help their children develop with sculptural activities. My hat is off to both author and publisher for producing such a useful book!

Painting with Children

Brunhild Müller



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This wonderful book is once again available to parents and teachers wanting to explore with children the world of liquid color. And, it is still the best guide ever for those new to wet-on-wet painting and to painting with young children. Here is everything you need to know, even if you've never painted (or never painted this way) before:

  • the author begins with a lovely discussion about how children experience the world of color
  • she goes on to offer some thoughts on what she calls "the morality of color." I find that this section inspires me to become more imaginative when I work with colors - it really brings them to life in a very unique way
  • there is a long section, filled with color photographs of both children painting and the paintings they produced, that takes us into the world of children painting with watercolors. This can become a welcome guide for parents who have never done this before - it should help everyone to paint joyfully
  • then, there are clear instructions for mixing the paints, preparing the paper, distributing the water jars, paint pots and brushes
  • ah! and then comes the painting! and the color stories! and the sheer wonder of it all!
  • the author adds suggestions for seasonal painting themes, how to create the stories and what their basis is, the experience of color and the moods of nature
  • finally, there are even instructions for preparing plant pigments for painting and photos showing the soft, inviting colors they produce.

There is so much joy to be had here - I've waited for years hoping for this book to reappear. What a treasure!

Painting in Waldorf Education

Dick Bruin and Attie Lichthart


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Painting in Waldorf Education is an exciting and much-longed-for resource for teachers and parents. This extraordinary book was written by two experienced Waldorf teachers from Holland who present the rationale as well as detailed practical exercises for teaching painting from Kindergarten through the grades and high school years. At last! a step-by-step presentation of the 'how' of a painting lesson (beginning with observation and other preparatory exercises for students that are also wonderful for adults!). That the fundamental 'why' and 'when' questions are also answered makes Painting in Waldorf Education a resource that will be used often and remain in use for many, many years to come.

Included with the book is a CD Rom containing sixty-two color and black and white images.


Basic Sculptural Modeling

Developing the Will by Working with Pure Forms in the First Three Grades

Hella Loewe



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Hella Loewe has developed an approach to modeling that could be called "form drawing in three dimensions" - and, we think it is just exactly what our modern children need. It is also, from our own research and from hers, very much what Steiner was hoping children in grades 1-3 would be taught.

In this wonderfully illustrated book, Loewe takes us step-by-step through modelling exercises beginning with the sphere and moving into other symmetrical and non-symmetrical. The tasks are simple, yet absorbing, and training the hands and eyes to work together as they engage a child's attention, training it to sustain interest over longer and longer periods of time.

And, if that isn't what today's children need, I don't know what it might be. Loewe's approach is like a breath of fresh, reviving air - may it find its way into homes and schools everywhere!

Learning about the World through Modeling

Sculptural Ideas for School and Home

Arthur Auer

Illsutrations by Elizabeth Auer



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What a wonderful book! The author and illustrator have managed to combine a delicious array of modeling projects with a thorough discussion of the cognitive, social and personal benefits of the act of transforming a plastic material into an object of beauty.

You'll find suggestions for modeling from first grade through high school and beyond (including - and I'm so very happy to see this spelled out and illustrated - the exercise of transforming a sphere of clay successively into all the Platonic solids!), beautifully illustrated and clearly explained.

In the second half of the book, you'll find background information as to how modeling teaches about the world, enhances cognitive skills and develops human beings.



Grail of Beauty

The Seven Soul Arts and the Mission of the Nine Muses

Alan Whitehead


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Originally $18.95 -

Alan Whitehead has given us a lovely overview of the arts from the perspective of Rudolf Steiner's artistic impulse. Here is a tour of the evolution of art, the nature and purpose of the different arts, and - because Alan is, after all, a teacher first and foremost - lots of ideas about how to bring the arts alive in your home, community and school. This is a very joyous and wonderful book which I hope many, many people will be able to read.

The Temperaments and the Arts

Their Relation and Function in Waldorf Pedagogy

Magda Lissau



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Here's a insight-filled yet accessible discussion of the way the arts are used Waldorf Education to teach, guide and foster the whole student. Modern psychologists are focusing, once again, on temperament as an indication of soul constitution. This valuable contribution by a veteran Waldorf teacher and teacher-trainer will provide much insight for teachers, parents, and others seeking to better understand the developmental process in education.

Snowflakes in Photography

W. A. Bentley



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For portrait after portrait of the wonder of nature, of metamorphosis of form, and just sheer beauty, this 1931 collection of photographs of snowflakes just can't be beat.  Bentley's genius was not just that he found a method to photograph some of nature's most ephemeral and complex forms, but that he then went on to organize them by type of form.  The result is a symphony of metamorphosis and relationship, ideal for introducing to students studying nature from 5th grade onward.  Or to simply gaze at in wonder.