English Language ~ Literature

English Workbook for Fourth Grade

Ted Warren



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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.

The Storytelling School

Handbook for Teachers - 2nd Edition

Chris Smith, Ph.D. & Adam Guillain

Foreword by Pie Corbett

A step-by-step guide to becoming a storytelling school and using storytelling to teach your students

Storytelling Schools Series
Volume 1

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This handbook describes a revolutionary way of delivering primary education. In a storytelling school all children learn to be storytellers, retelling and improving stories from memory as a way of learning both language and subject content across the curriculum. Children graduate with a repertoire of their own stories to tell. This approach has been shown to raise standards and fire imaginations in schools throughout the UK.

Chris Smith and Adam Guillain show you how to make this happen in practice. The handbook draws on more than ten years experience researching and developing this way of teaching. Piloted, researched and up-dated, this second edition includes new chapters on non-fiction teaching and cross-curricular integration across the school. It is packed with practical activities, examples, theory, charts, diagrams and photocopiable pages. It explains step-by-step how to become a storytelling school including how to:

  • Tell stories to your class
  • Develop and innovate on a learned story
  • Invent new stories
  • Link storytelling to improving writing standards
  • Apply the method to non-fiction teaching
  • Plan across the curriculum using the Storytelling School approach

The Storytelling Schools approach has had a transforming effect on our approach to literacy and the teaching of writing. In a relatively short time the impact on writing outcomes, pupil motivation and teacher expertise has been profound – it’s an approach that every school leader will want to know more about.

- David Lewin, Head Teacher, Wood Farm Primary School, Oxford


Storytelling, taken as seriously as this, delights pupils and teachers alike and provides a foundation for the most remarkable growth in pupil confidence and competence in writing. All the evidence I have seen is that it also extends the skills of teachers.

- Sir Tim Brighouse, former Schools Commissioner for London

147 Traditional Stories for Primary School Children to Retell

Storytelling Schools Series, Volume II

Chris Smith, Ph.D.

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In England, a group of innovative educators created the idea of Storytelling Schools, primary schools where storytelling is the key way that children learn.  By which is not meant only learning to listen to stories, but to actually learn the stories by heart, learn to retell them, learn how to adapt and change them, and finally learn to reassemble different elements from different stories as an entirely new story.

In the course of all this, these children find sure footing in language skills, organizing their thoughts, clear communication, and develop not only the self confidence that comes from really truly learning something, but they also learn the foundations of learning and thinking themselves.

Over a period of ten years, Storytelling Schools throughout Great Britain have become a revolutionary way of delivering primary education.  In a storytelling school retelling and improving stories from memory is a way of learning both language and subject content across the curriculum. Children graduate with a repertoire of their own stories to tell. This approach has been shown to raise standards and fire imaginations in schools throughout the UK, and it can do the same for any children you teach.

147 Traditional Stories for Primary School Children to Retell was written and compiled as a comprehensive reference for teachers in search of stories to teach their class.  The stories range from very simple tales for first graders all the way to long, complex stories for students in Grade 6.  Altogether, the collection is rich and masterful.

Included here is an introduction that gives concise and meaningful guidance for using these stories to teach students the art of storytelling.  Additionally, the Introduction is simply inspiring: any teacher reading it will find him- or herself  energized and empowered to carry out this approach to education itself.

Personally, I think that this method is a 'next step' that would enhance and focus Waldorf education for the modern world.  I can't think of a better addition to Steiner's curriculum than incorporating this active element into it.  When children are taught to do what the see and admire adults doing, they are drawn away from media-centric, advertising-ridden elements in our culture and toward wholesome creativity and confidence-of-place in the world.  In short, children become too interested and too busy with the joy of what they learn to feel much like bothering with something less.  The invention of Storytelling Schools was an act of educational brilliance - I only hope that they and their impulse continue to thrive and that teachers everywhere in in every sort of school incorporate this method into their classes.

Recommended without reservation and with much hope!

LMNOP and All the Letters from A to Z

Howard Schrager

Illustrations by Bruce Bischof



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LMNOP is a beautiful book which should be both an inspiration and an enormous help to everyone who has heard about the Waldorf approach to teaching the alphabet but has never witnessed it. It will also be inspiring to every teacher who has taught children with this approach but has not had a chance to observe many other teachers at work.

In addition to an very valuable introductory essay which makes clear many things about this creative approach (and offers suggestions for variation and direction), each letter of the alphabet is presented with a full page drawing of luminous color and its own very special poem.

The thought of even more children joyfully commencing their journey into the written word in this way is a very warming one - it's a great pleasure to be able to offer this book!

64 pages, 8 1/2" x 11", 2000.

All of Howard Schrager's language arts materials:

Working with LMNOP

and All the Letters

Howard Schrager

An A to Z Manual for Parents & Teachers

Stories & Activities in Poetry, Music, Movement, Speech, Drama, & Drawing



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Now with updated paperback binding!! This classic curriculum guide is now published in a standard paperback binding with a matte finish for extra durability.

I am so excited to be able to share this book with you!  Years ago, when Howard Schrager first published LMNOP, we spoke and wrote at length about the beauty of LMNOP, its value for children, and the need to make more people aware of just how to use the pictures and poems to teach.  Howard took up the challenge and has produced what is nothing less than one of the best curriculum guides I've ever seen: Working with LMNOP (and All the Letters)

In it, you will find the most creative, energetic, enthusiastic, wise and do-able lesson plan suggestions for each and every letter!  the author suggests a story for each letter that relates to the images in LMNOP; he goes on to suggest a delightful list of activities that build a variety of skills; and then explains how to draw a main lesson book figure for each letter, one that captures the heart of the picture in LMNOP but keeps it simple enough for a child to follow successfully.

As a manual for LMNOP, Working with LMNOP is exactly what any parent or teacher would want; as an example of what lessons in a Waldorf school can really be all about, it is sheer brilliance.  This book is so good and so useful that in itself it is a seed for the future, well beyond just teaching the alphabet and reading.  Thank you, Howard Schrager!

Recommended without reserve!

8 1/2" x 11"

All of Howard Schrager's language arts materials:

A Knife and a Fork and Bottle and Cork...

That's How You Spell New York

Howard Schrager

Illustrated by Sarah Madsen

Riddle Rhymes, Vol 1



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Howard Schrager, author of LMNOP and all the Letters from A to Z, brings us another delight for classroom, home, travel, or just about anywhere you find yourself with a little time and a wish for something fun to do with someone else. 

A Knife and a Fork... is a collection of riddle rhymes each of which leads to the spelling of the name of a US state.  They can become a delightful part of geography lessons, sparking infectious laughter as they stimulate creative thinking and correct spelling. 

In these original riddle rhymes, Schrager often goes in several directions at once, leading and misleading all at the same time.  For instance, in the title rhyme, the first three clues all point to the shapes of letters (N, K and Y), but the final clue is a hint of the spelling of the word itself (...ork).  Altogether, it adds up to New York, but the mental journey to getting there just woke everyone up and created an adventure that will make not only the spelling of the word unforgettable, but will bring a smile everytime you hear it, too.

Howard will be coming out with more riddle rhyme books in the near future.  For now, we welcome you and your students and children and grandparents and friends to a new world of word games that will have you all laughing and spelling away.  Very highly recommended.

58 pages, 7" x 8 1/2", 2010.

Howard Schrager's Riddle Rhymes series:

Chicken in the Car and the Car Can't Go

Thats how you spell Chicago!

Howard Schrager

Illustrated by Sarah Madson

Riddle Rhymes, Volume 2



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From Angela:
Howard Schrager's Riddle Rhymes are back with this new collection of riddles encompassing sixty-three United States cities. Places we all know and love are accompanied by an engaging illustration and the fun of trying to solve the riddle.

As with his previous riddle rhyme books, the phrase in each clue "suggests" the city name, as in the title where Chi(cken), Ca(r) and Go suggest Chicago. Each puzzle is a fun journey enjoyed by adults and children alike. Best read aloud, and in a group! Highly recommended!

From the Publisher:
The sequel to A Knife and A Fork and A Bottle and a Cork (the 50 states), Chicken in the Car and the Car Can't Go, That's How You Spell CHICAGO treats 63 major American cities with Riddle Rhymes. Just because they're fun, people of all ages can vie with each other to solve the riddles in friendly competition that stimulates an interest in language, promotes active listening, cultivates a taste for geography, and provides insights into the human thought process. City Sketches in the back of the book provide information on how each of the cities developed into what it is today.

102 pages, 7" x 8 1/2", 2014.

Howard Schrager's Riddle Rhymes series:

An English Grammar

The Language before Babel

Rudolf Schmid



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This is an incredibly fascinating, lively, original, and in many ways, the most memorable English grammar I've ever seen. It is also perhaps the best example of the sheer usefulness of employing Rudolf Steiner's method of understanding things by approaching them as threefold, fourfold, sevenfold, etc. entities. When Schmid applies this to conventional English grammar, the structure of the language springs to life and, because it is placed into relationship with other aspects of human experience, it becomes much easier to grasp and remember and use correctly. Anyone teaching grammar to any class, whether in a school or at home, will find that using this approach opens vistas of understanding - for teacher as well as students. Very highly recommended!

An English Manual

For the Elementary School

Dorothy Harrer



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A classic guide to teaching English language arts in the elementary grades. Contains a master teacher's suggestions for presenting English grammar, punctuation, and composition for grades 2-8. Includes sample lessons.

Living Literacy

The human foundations of speaking, writing and reading

Michael Rose



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Michael Rose makes the case that the very life and nature of language are breaking down under the pressures of modern society. I couldn't agree with him more -- I hope many people will read his book and be inspired in a thousand ways to make changes to reverse the slippery slope of this trend.

In Living Literacy, he attributes these threats to inappropriate electronic media and to fundamental flaws in modern educational systems, while examining what really works in teaching and preparing for literacy.

Living Literacy investigates the nature of literacy and how it relates to child development. It explores how teachers and parents can prepare for the transition to literacy through conversation, story, song, and play, followed by relevant and living ways to introduce reading and writing formally.


  • Part 1 Seeing the Picture
    • The Great Divide
    • What is Literacy?
    • Literacy in the World Today
    • The Emergence of the Alphabet
    • Lessons of Development
  • Part 2 Making the difference
    • Tuning to the Mother Tongue
    • Animating the Word
    • First Writing and Reading
    • Developing Literacy as Faculty
    • Further Suggestions for Practice
    • Literacy and Learning Differences
  • Part 3 Closing the Book
    • The Three Persons of Literacy
    • Harvesting the Word
    • The Future
    • Appendices
    • Bibliography
    • Resources

The Art and Science of Teaching Composition

Dorit Winter



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This small but insightful book explores rich and stimulating methods for the teaching of English composition skills in Waldorf elementary schools. It offers writing exercises and examples. Compact, it is filled with wisdom all teachers will want to apply.


Splinters of the Sun

Teaching Russian Literature to High School Students

Betty Staley



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Betty Staley passionately loves Russian literature and deeply believes that it holds many "splinters of the sun" - many loving pieces of light that illuminate the souls of readers as they speak of a world that is and vastly different in history and outlook from that of the Anglo-European worlds. It is this combination of beauty and cultural landscape that makes the great works of Russian literature so very appropriate for high school students.

Anyone wishing to teach this literature will be helped enormously by Splinters of the Sun. In it, Staley picks key authors and works and explores them through the windows of history, culture, biography and literary content and style. It is in many ways like walking through a park where the trees are stories planted by authors of genius. I believe that lovers of literature have good reason to rejoice at the coming of this book.