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Notes to an Evolving Curriculum for Steiner Waldorf Class Teachers

Edited by Martyn Rawson and Kevin Avison



Towards Creative Teaching is a truly comprehensive overview of all main-lesson and accompanying subjects, offering a wealth of guidance, knowledge and inspiration for Waldorf class teachers.   This wonderful resource book for Steiner-Waldorf teachers offers ideas for planning, shaping and developing lessons for Classes 1 to 8.

Taking the Waldorf curriculum as its basis, and without being restrictive or prescriptive, this book comes out of a teachers’ working group and provides helpful suggestions to both class teachers and subject specialists, adding to the richness and imagination of each teacher’s own work.

It offers a truly comprehensive overview of all main-lesson and accompanying subjects, bringing with it a wealth of guidance, knowledge and inspiration for Waldorf class teachers.

A must-have for any class teacher or homeschooler working within Waldorf education.  Very highly recommended!

Reg Down



This book began as a lark but kept on growing – especially when teachers and parents contacted Reg and said their kids loved this slightly zany, fast-paced tale. Pinrut’s fans have been of mixed ages, too: grade 3, 4, 5, 6 – also the kids in a grade 8 class were highly amused by him and inspired to write similar tales of their own as part of their writing block.

There was once a turnip. He was an ordinary turnip, one you’d pass by without noticing. He grew in a row of turnips, one of many rows of turnips in a field that was one of many fields of turnips. That’s how ordinary this turnip was. Neither bigger, nor smaller, nor fatter, nor skinnier, nor longer, nor sweeter, nor more peppery: that’s how he was. And he had company, as you can imagine, for there were lots like him—thousands in fact.One summer’s evening this turnip up and left. He’d had enough. He pulled himself from the ground, turned upside down, and took off on his leafy stalks. He ambled along the row and out of the field.“Hey, you can’t do that!” cried the other turnips.“Watch me,” said the turnip.And watch him we will, through all nine lives: in America, Canada, China, New Zealand, New Guinea, Mars and Wobbles. Naturally he has a few adventures on the way, but his skills and savvy, indeed, his sheer existence, also come to the attention of the devilish boss of a nefarious GMO seed corporation called Nonsanto. Need we say more?!

Delightful and true, highly recommended for grades 3 thru 6 and older.

Dean Stark



We just discovered 3 copies of this long out-of-print book at the bottom of a box storing other things.  We are excited to be able to get even this many copies into the hands of people who can use Dean Stark’s valuable insights.  First come, first serve.

At the time this book was written, Dean Stark had been coaching Basketball and Baseball at the Sacramento Waldorf School for 12 years.  In this book, Dean shares his insights and experiences of creating a harmonious working within the team sports program of a Waldorf school.

The Highland Cow who needs a haircut!

Jo Allan



Hettie the Highland cow has lots of hair to keep her warm and cosy. But other animals want to be cosy, too… In springtime, two blackbirds stop by and build their nest in Hettie’s hair. She’s a cow not a hedge!

In summertime, butterflies lay their eggs in Hettie’s fur, and they grow into wriggling caterpillars.

In autumn, a squirrel burrows into her fur to hibernate.

And in winter, a mountain hare hops aboard, too! Poor Hettie. She’s a cow, not a hairy hotel! Maybe it’s time for a haircut…

Charming and warm for ages 3-6.

Ted Warren



In a few brilliantly written pages, Waldorf teacher Ted Warren lays out the rules, concepts and definitions that all fourth graders need to know in order to become masters of written and spoken English.  Any adult will recognize on each page one “a-hah” moment after another, as things many of us find only partially clear come to life in ways that are engaging and, perhaps more importantly, highly memorable.

Used as the lesson material to accompany English Workbook for Fourth Grade, this manual becomes a tour de force by way of introduction to spoken and written English.  Fourth graders will find themselves fully in charge of the grammar, spelling, and syntax that so often bogs them down at this age, teachers will find themselves empowered to teach with freedom and consummate effectiveness.

Recommended without reservation.

Ted Warren



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 English Workbook for Fourth Grade, 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.

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.  This Fourth Grade manual is the beginning of a series with 2 more manuals to come, Fifth and Sixth Grade.  We can hardly wait to see them, as this Workbook is filled with the sort of content  for which homeschoolers and class teachers have been yearning.

Recommended without reservation!

Peter Selg



Schools reflect the state of society. If society is materialistic, competitive, egoistic, technological, and without concern for human values and long-term thinking, our schools will tend to reflect those values. However, what if education were about something else? What if education were about the future? What if education were a about nurturing a new generation of human beings, integrated in body, soul, and spirit and able to think for themselves and have the capacity to love? Perhaps the world would change. The Waldorf school, initiated and guided in 1919 by Rudolf Steiner, was conceived with precisely such an end in view.

In this passionate, inspiring, and moving book, Peter Selg, speaks from a deep knowledge of Anthroposophy and from his extensive experience as a child psychiatrist. He returns to the original impulses behind the first Waldorf school to show their continuing validity and how they still respond to what we need.

From this view, Waldorf education is future-oriented, based on a holistic worldview and cosmology that is humanistic, scientific, and spiritual, and develops through a curriculum and a teacher-student relationship based on love. Its focus is the miracle of the developing human being. Recognizing the equal importance of thinking, feeling, and willing, Waldorf education works through bodily movement and art, as well as through intellect and mind.

Waldorf Education is not a theory but a living reality, and Selg brings this reality to life before us through the biography of the first Waldorf school. Thus, we learn to see it in a new way—in its essence, as a healing model of what education might become if the primary relationship, the inner core of a school, is the free relationship between teacher and student.

A Report from the Pedagogical Section of the Goetheanum

Geseke Lundgren, Claudia McKeen, MD, Barbara Ostheimer, Rainer Patzlaff, PhD, Claus-Peter Röh, Martina Schmidt, MD, Edmond Schoorel, MD, Michael S Urschitz, MD



The authors, each expert in various aspects of early childhood development and pedagogy, approach their subject from a variety of perspectives, ranging from physical development to social development, cognitive development and studies demonstrating the impact of early academic education and more.  This little book is a powerhouse of information and insight, and comes with a multitude of illustrations in color and duotone that chronicle the changes in human beings from birth through the early grades.  Especially interesting are the full color reproductions of children’s artwork that follow the development of different children over time.  Being able to “see” these children develop is a fascinating journey as well as being concrete evidence of the changes taking place within each human being.

This research was originally presented at a colloquium at the Goetheanum in February 2013.

Welcome to Tomie's Childhood Home!

Tomie dePaola

Book 1 of Tomie dePaola's First Chapter Book Series



I just love this series which combines Tomie dePaola’s delightful world view with a warm and gentle picture of life as it was when he was a boy.  It is an exciting introduction to the world of chapter books, filled with dePaola’s characteristic warmth and whimsy.  The fact that it is also autobiographical adds a dimension of richness to these stories that simply can’t be beat for captivating young readers, making them ask for more.

The text is written at a late-2nd/early-3rd grade level for most students.

Very highly recommended!

Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder

Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.

Foreword by Trude Turnquist, PhD, OTR/L

Includes new activities and updated information



The author who has written one of the best-loved and genuinely helpful books for parents whose children have sensory processing disorder (The Out-of-Sync Child) has followed it up with this companion volume, which presents more than one hundred playful activities specially designed for kids with SPD.

Each activity in this inspiring and practical book is SAFE—Sensory-motor, Appropriate, Fun and Easy—to help develop and organize a child’s brain and body. More importantly from your child’s point of view, each activity is playful, warm, funny and interesting.  It should be quite easy to engage a child in these games and projects — and perhaps quite difficult to disengage both the child and yourself from playing them because they really are so much fun.

Whether your child faces challenges with touch, balance, movement, body position, vision, hearing, smell, and taste, motor planning, or other sensory problems, this book presents lively and engaging ways to bring fun and play to everyday situations.

This revised edition includes new activities, along with updated information on which activities are most appropriate for children with coexisting conditions including Asperger’s and autism, and more.

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