Golden Beetle Subject Guides

NOTE: Golden Beetle Books are now out of print. We still have a few copies in stock, they are listed here. We are working with the author to re-publish these treasures. More information coming soon!!

33 Sun Songs

A 7-Year Music Score for Steiner Primary Children

Alan Whitehead

Softbound

Oversize Format, approx. 8"x11.5"

$18.95

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Classroom tested and sung joyfully over three decades! These 33 songs cover all a full range of subjects and seasons and are musically delightful. We think that whether you use this for your own class or homeschool, or whether they become an inspiration for you to create your own musical offerings for the children you teach, you will love these and remember them long after you and the children have given them voice.

Included alongside the music are color photos and drawings and many warm and humorous anecdotes surrounding the songs. Another inspiring resource from Alan Whitehead!

A Children's Anthologia - A Gathering of Flowers

50 Poems for Primary and Junior High School

Alan Whitehead

Softbound

$18.95

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Follow the winding curriculum road with a verse at hand for each new turn! Alan's poems for classes 1-8 go to the heart of the subject with verses humorous, serious, charming, and poignent. Each one of them is "just right" for the age group and subject addressed; each one is sure to add a dash more beauty and depth to the lesson.

Verses cover language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and the festivals. Includes the 12 Greek Zodiacal Rhythms, the 7 Meters and 7 Speech Styles.

Magic Mangrove Seed

A Story-Reading Book for Primary Grades

Alan Whitehead

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A lively and original graded reading-story book for classroom or home. For children 7-13. All Australian, all original. Contents: story material, punctuation, fables, nature, geography, grammar, health, seasons, foreign, language, fractions, farming, history.

 

The Australian Word

A Resource Manual for Teachers of English and Anyone Who Loves Language, Its Body, Soul and Spirit

Alan Whitehead

$18.95

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Don't let the title fool you! This is not a manual peppered with "g'day mate" and other aspects of language unique to Australia. Save that many of the stories take place in Australia, The Australian Word could as easily be titled The Universal English Language. It is an excellent guide to teaching the wonders of the English language in story and rhyme. Included are: speech, humor, the novel, names, mime, poetry, Aussie slang (ok, so there is a chapter that covers "g'day mate"), St. John, a story workshop, the short story, 19th Century Australian poetry, sound and hearing.

Birth of Venus

Grades 8 - 12 Visual Arts Painting, Sculpture, Drawing

Alan Whitehead

$18.95

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A deeply considered, lively overview of the high school visual arts curriculum. Includes: Poster, landscape, watercolor, oils and abstract painting, relief, wood, portrait and stone sculpture, black and white, brush and ink, commercial, portrait and life drawing. Also, art history, grades 8-12.

Grail of Beauty

The Seven Soul Arts and the Mission of the Nine Muses

Alan Whitehead

$18.95

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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.

Many Mansions - The Spirit in Architecture

The Spirit in Architecture - A Creative Approach for Building Designers, Home/School Creators and Educators to Rudolf Steiner's Architectural Impulse

Alan Whitehead

$18.95

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For all of you who have been asking, "Is there a book that describes guidelines for building Waldorf schools?" - here it is! There is also much more, but this remarkable little book presents more usable information than we've ever seen gathered in one place. If you are on the building committee of your school, or are blessed with the opportunity to build your own home, you'll want to take a look at Many Mansions. You'll come away with a wealth of ideas and understanding.

The Golden Path

Craft - Technics - Practical
Class 1 to 12

Alan Whitehead

$18.95

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The Golden Path is a triumph! Finally, a comprehensive, thorough and deeply considered overview "the crafts" that are taught throughout the curriculum of Waldorf schools - covering everything from Grade 1 to Grade 12. And, it's in English!

From my perspective, the most significant and valuable aspect of the book is that Alan brings to life Steiner's intent that Waldorf schools offer both a basic liberal arts education and a basic trades education. This intent is all too often lost in what has become, in my opinion, a misunderstood focus on "handwork" as a balancing tool for all the "headwork". In Alan's approach, the students are taught genuinely useful-to-the-modern-world ways to use the intelligence of the hand, which not only serves to lead them into the world in a more complete and powerful way, but, as modern science has shown, creates the framework for a fully human intelligence. It is his modernization of the curriculum, done while keeping very much to Steiner's intent and without losing any of the more commonly taught subject matter, that is the central gift of this very fine book.

A real bonus with The Golden Path the unending stream of color photographs of different projects completed by students in various grades. Alan's recently enhanced printing capacity enables all of us to delight in these handwork victories and study their manifest technic and form. (This is an author, incidentally, who actually produces all his books from writing to printing to binding - no wonder he has such a terrific grasp of the role of the crafts.)

I should add that this is not a how-to in terms of learning the techniques of any of these subjects - there are plenty of resources for that available in our bookshop and elsewhere. This is a guide to what to teach, how to teach it, why you and I want children to learn these things, and the joy they bring. Absolutely everything from knitting to gardening to survival training to baking to toymaking to desk building to . . . more and more and more. All of it is presented with wisdom and enthusiasm.

Inspiring and wonderful! Don't miss it!!

  

Horns of Hermes

A Teacher/Parent Manual on Music for Grades 1-7

Alan Whitehead

$18.95

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A wonderfully thorough discussion of when and how to introduce children to the joy of music. Contents: animal song, evolution, spirit of music, bird song, 7 instruments of the temple, the strings, winds, idiophones, percussion, music curriculum, teacher as songwriter, music for festivals, aboriginal songmasters.

Dramatis Divine

Drama Teaching - Primary and High School

Alan Whitehead

$18.95

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Here's the whole nine yards of a balanced and beautiful Waldorf drama curriculum. Includes: drama teaching, verse plays, puppet theater, play-writing, pantomime, history and geography of drama, music drama, 12 elements of theater, film making, dance drama, radio plays, individual performance, "Dawn to Dusk to Dawn" - a teacher's play for children.

Touch the Earth Gently

Games and Sports - Class 1 to 12

Alan Whitehead

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A great collection of games and movement activities for Waldorf physical education through all 12 grades. Contents: the class trip, family and fun, games and sport, elementary games, water games, facilities, ball games, 7 movements, children's gymnastics, 4 temperaments, bush games, field games, indoor games, equipment games, high school sports, sport physiology, scuba diving, martial arts, sport's a joke!, fishing? clean-up, Australia, hunting?!, dancing, Steiner as sportsperson

Sacred Fauna

World Zoology in the Light of Rudolf Steiner's Spiritual Science

Alan Whitehead

Softbound

$18.95

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This is the companion volume to Sacred Flora and is every bit as interesting and useful. The content covers not only things of interest to anyone teaching a Waldorf 4th grade biology block, but goes on to address points that become parts of other zoology lessons throughout the remaining 8 school years. Anyone who teaches will find much to use and much to celebrate.

Included are chapters addressing the 4-planet animal evolution, 12 animal phyla zodiac; 7 planetary vertebrates; animal ethers - migration; faunal form; faunal movement; animal astral Africa; 12 zodiac mammals; Australian fauna; animal conservation; animal apocrypha; zoology of the Americas; sacred Asian animals.

Sacred Faces

Physiognomy in the Light of Spiritual Science

Alan Whitehead

A Study of Man for Teachers and Parents

Softbound

$18.95

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A knowledge of physiognomy is essential for the understanding and education of the child.

- Rudolf Steiner

Thus opens Alan Whitehead's fascinating exploration of realms of the human soul that are revealed in our faces. His intent is to increase adult understanding of who the children before us are - and with that understanding, to enable us to teach and raise them in the best way possible.

The author takes the reader on a journey through traditional and anthroposophical interpretations of face structure - a journey that will linger in the mind long after the last page is read. There is much to ponder here and no small amound of insight to be gleaned.

The House of 3 Froggies

A Teacher/Parent Manual on Health and Nutrition

Alan Whitehead

$18.95

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House of 3 Froggies is not only an excellent presentation of basic nutrition and health for our children (and ourselves!), it is the only such presentation I am aware of that is written directly for teachers and parents within the framework of Rudolf Steiner's educational impulse. Yet another outstanding offering by Alan Whitehead. Here's the contents: nutrition in school; infant nutrition, the liver, diet and health, food psychology; cereals, food and morality, fluoride in water, the common cold, tobacco, soy, 7 soul spices, milk, dried foods, bread, on dying, sun 'protection,' longevity, drugs, nuts, apples, sugar, edible oils, fiber, pasta, vitamins.

A Steiner Home School?

An Overview for Those Planning a Natural Learning Program for Their Child/ren

Alan Whitehead

$18.95

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The Steiner educational impulse was born in the world (1919 Germany) when homeschooling was something provided by parents of necessity because they lacked the wealth to send their children elsewhere. Even though Steiner's approach was created for school use, over the years it has proved equally beneficial for the new generations of homeschoolers: those who consciously choose to guide their children's education. The contents of this volume are: History and Structure; Bureaucracy-Community-Family; Resources & Facilities; Teachers & Training; Curriculum & Programming; Content; Creativity; Discipline; Extracurricular; Obstacles; High School and Qualifications; The Future; Childhood Illnesses; Children's Drawing as Therapy