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A Compendium of Phenomenological Experiments - Teachers Reference Book

Robert H Sonner

Spiral Bound


This 318 page book is filled with creative ideas, Waldorf pedagogical background information, blackboard-ready illustrations, guides for teachers, equipment lists, and reasons for doing Physics in Grade 6, 7 & 8!! No class teacher will want to be without this resource!

The book is spiral bound to keep it flat on the desk while proceeding with experiments. It holds biographies of noteworthy physicists, even some more obscure pioneers in modern science for ready re-telling to a class.

Robert Sonner calls his book: a teacher’s reference book. And it is this an almost endless resource of good ideas for phenomenological scientific teaching!

  • Descriptions of experiments in clear terms supported by child development and Steiner’s indications;
  • Main-Lesson-Book appropriate illustrations;
  • Biographies of scientists who made a difference in scientific history;
  • Teacher’s notes of particular things to watch for or to do;
  • WARNINGS in red about safety precautions that need attention for each experiment;
  • Clear descriptions of each experiment;
  • Equipment lists for each experiment;
  • Thoughts on the outcomes of experiments and science teaching – learning
  • Full color illustrations

A Compendium of Phenomenological Experiments - Teachers Reference Book

Robert H Sonner

Spiral Bound


This rich resource comes from the authors’ decades of creative teaching in Waldorf classrooms. This is a BIG book, (202 pages) full of insight and explanation of how to present phenomenological chemistry in grades 7 & 8. No Waldorf class teacher should be without this book. It makes all teaching in Chemistry possible!

This spiral bound book will lay flat on your desk as a reference while teaching and includes:

  • Biographies of noteworthy chemists and watershed bearers of new ideas in the history of chemistry and modern scientific thinking;

  • Illustrations in full color suitable for Blackboard drawings and Main Lesson Book illustrations;

  • Cautionary notes in RED for safety consciousness;

  • The authors thoughts about why we teach what we teach and what an experiment can illuminate;

  • Anecdotes from the Waldorf school history;

  • Child development hints about why Waldorf schools teach chemistry in grades 7 & 8;

  • Clear descriptions of experiments;

  • Listings of necessary equipment and chemicals;

  • Full color illustrations throughout.

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Insights from Rudolf Steiner

Selected and edited by Ruth Ker



In going through this outstanding collection of Rudolf Steiner’s thoughts and observations of 6-7 year old children, I was struck at almost every page with how extremely practical his suggestions are, and how very clearly insightful he was.

This gathering of Steiner’s thoughts about children at this age can serve parents, teachers, and caregivers in so very many ways: as a quick resource of useful suggestions as to how to help children through “bumpy times;” as an enriching account of the lives of children during this transition period; as food for thought as we find our own way with the very unique children in our care; as a bellweather indicator of how much and how little has changed in the 100 or so years since Steiner penned and spoke these words.

Ruth Ker is to be highly commended for her wisdom and discernment in the excerpts she has chosen to present.  Her compilation is masterful, its potential to help the world’s children beyond reckoning.

Recommended without reservation!

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Marjolein Thiebout & Loes Botman

Board Book


Softly vibrant illustrations bring each farm animal to life as the text in verse introduces our very young children to the inhabitants of the farm.

Hello cow, hello calf,
how do you do?
Can we stop and talk to you?
Moo moo moo
Nice to meet you too!
Moo moo moo

Ages 1-3/4

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


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

A Holistic Approach to Raising Healthy Children

Dr. Michaela Glöckler & Dr. Wolfgang Goebel



This acclaimed guide to children’s physical, psychological, and spiritual development is now available in a fourth revised edition. Combining up-to-date medical advice with issues of development and education, this is a definitive guide for parents.

If you’ve ever wanted a deeper understanding of your child’s illnesses, or to take a more holistic approach to your child’s health, this is the book for you. As well as comprehensively covering medical issues, it’s also about parenting techniques, education, spirituality and play—a truly integrated approach to all aspects of raising healthy children in the broadest sense.

The authors based their theory and practice on more than twenty years of experience in the children’s outpatient department of the Herdecke Hospital in Germany, which follows anthroposophic principles.

The first section covers childhood ailments and home nursing. The second part looks at the healthy development of children and how to create the best conditions for them. The authors go on to examine issues of development and education, and their consequences for later life. Throughout, the book is extremely practical, with example situations of conflict and crisis presented, along with possible solutions. It includes medical and health practices in North America, Southern Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as the UK and Europe.

The fourth edition includes updates on treatments for tonsillitis, croup, sunstroke, and head lice, as well as possible complications arising from measles and ultrasound scans. The section on vaccinations includes the latest recommendations and has updates on measles, meningococcal and HPV. There is also a new section on electromagnetic pollution, including mobile (cell) phones and UHF and SHF radio frequencies, and their effects on respiration, the immune system, and fertility.

Original Story by Eric K Fairman

Illustrations by Emma Reinhart

Comb Bound


Norman is a young gnome, only 8 years old, in fact.  Of course, a single gnome year is equal to 10 human years, but despite that fact, Norman was a very young gnome, a child still living with his parents.  One day Norman decides to follow the stream to see where it flows and sets off (a decision that was to bring his parents much worry). What happens next is why this story is told!


Eric Fairman wrote  Norman Goes Down the River!! for Grade 3 students.  It serves as a bridge between the fairy tales of earlier grades and the realism that 3rd graders begin to crave.  The story takes Norman (and the children) on an exciting journey along a stream which has its source high in the densly forested mountain, down to the plains and from thence to the ever increasingly populated areas alongside what has now become a fast flowing river.  At last, Norman arrives in a large city at the mouth of the river where it joins the vast ocean.

Throughout the story, Norman meets with different birds and animals that have homes in the ever changing environment.  Geography and natural history, imagination and adventure all mix and ways both delightful and elucidating.  Norman is sure to be loved by children and adults alike

Very highly recommended for Grade 3 students and for the Grade 3 student in anyone!

Ehrenfried Pfeiffer and Michael Maltas



This book brings together the best advice for cultivating fruit trees, berries, and shrubs, using biodynamic methods with the aim of harvesting healthy fruit free of pesticides.

Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, a pioneer of biodynamics in North America, discusses the principles of tree biology before describing the measures that can be taken to develop a pest-free orchard without the use of chemicals. He discusses soil preparation, the selection of trees for planting, issues of transplanting and pruning, the application of pastes, green cover crops, and pest control, before describing the key biodynamic preparations and how to spray them with greatest effectiveness.

Michael Maltas ran fruit tree experiments on his biodynamic farm in Missouri for four years. The results are recorded in a highly practical annual spraying schedule for orchards, which is reproduced in this book. A month-by-month calendar gives information on specific methods and controls, based on Maltas’s extensive experience.

This is an invaluable book with practical advice on all aspects of planning and maintaining a healthy orchard.

This volume combines a thoroughly revised and updated edition of Biodynamic Treatment of Fruit Trees, Berries and Shrubs by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer and Orchard Pest Management and Spray Schedule by Michael Maltas.

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