Language Arts

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.

Adam's Alphabet

Reg Down


Evocative line drawings of each letter of the alphabet


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Originally $15.95 -

A fascinating tale of discovery and of the richness of language, written and spoken!

Adam and Sophia are twins. Sophia has wings and Adam doesn’t. One day their parents leave. “Don’t go into the forest,” they said, but Adam did - he gave his word and broke it. Now he is lost and alone, and his voice is gone. Sophia flies overhead and drops a piece of paper. It flutters into the forest. Except for a lock of hair the paper is blank. Immediately, adventures and experiences unfold for Adam, some common, some extraordinary, some unearthly and beautiful. Letters appear on the paper as Adam wakes up to his ‘alphabet’. Slowly, painfully, joyously Adam wins his word back.

Adam’s Alphabet is an alphabet tale unlike any written before. Multilayered and broad, it reads as a children’s book, but underneath run deeper waters that adults can plumb for profit and pleasure if they take delight in the spoken word.

Adam’s Alphabet is suitable for children aged 7 to 12. Paperback, 140 pages, 6 x 9 format, $15.95

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:

LMNOP - A Poetic Children's Art Gallery

26 Full Size Art Cards

Howard Schrager

Illustrated by Bruce Bischof

Laminated Cards


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LMNOP Art Gallery - Letter T

LMNOP and All the Letters from A to Z comes alive in an entirely new way through these art cards.  Each card is a full-size reproduction of the painting (on the one side) and poem (on the other side) for each letter of the alphabet, exactly as they appear in the book LMNOP. There are so many things that a teacher or parent can do with them to help teach (of course), but also to gift the child(ren) with visual beauty and the joyous sound of the English language.

You can use them:

  • as art to display on classroom or bedroom walls.
  • as uniquely beautiful flash cards for remembering the letters of the alphabet
  • as equally unique flash cards for memorizing and reciting each letter's poem
  • as displayed poems, encouraging letter and sound recognition without drills
  • as cards for a super-size memory game
LMNOP Art Gallery - Letter V

I'm sure you can discover even more ways these cards can make learning and life a joy for the child(ren) in your life.  In the realm of "learning tools," these beautiful art cards stand out as something joyous and fully human.

We are very grateful for their creation.

8 1/2" x 11"

All of Howard Schrager's language arts materials:

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:

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:

The Waldorf Book of Animal Poetry

A Literary Noah's Ark

Edited by David Kennedy

Softbound, large format


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Lovely and refreshing! To give your children the gift of these animal poems -- whimsical, lyric, silly, or profound -- is to give them a little piece of magic they will carry for a lifetime.

Sharifa Oppenheimer, author of Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children

Whether you are teaching in a classroom or raising children at home, keep a copy of The Waldorf Book of Animal Poetry nearby, so that you can call upon it through the years, and thereby gift the children in  your care with beauty and insight, laughter and compassion, understanding and wonder at the myriad nature of the animals around us.

Celebrate and honor our furred, feathered, and finned friends with the world's largest collection of animal poetry ever published.  The Waldorf Book of Animal Poetry brings the animals of the forests, mountains, jungles, deserts, rivers, seas, and even your own backyard to life on every page.  It is truly an essential companion for teachers and parents at every level from kindergarten to college.  Parents, children, and animal lovers alike will discover old favorites, make new friends, and revel in over 425 animal poems by classic and modern authors.

A not-to-be-missed treasure alongside it's companion volume, The Waldorf Book of Poetry.

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!

The Waldorf Alphabet Book

(formerly, The Living Alphabet)

Famke Zonneveld

Includes essay by William Ward, "Learning to Read & Write in Waldorf Schools"



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The Waldorf Alphabet is a wonderful lap book - a lively exploration of sound and meaning for parents and children to share and love. The colorful, eloquent paintings depict the form of the capital letters of the English alphabet in ways that are brimming with life. Surrounding these pictures are a series of objects with names that begin with the letter being revealed. On the opposite side is an image of the capital letter itself, with the lower case letter in each corner. The question, How many things beginning with *the letter* can you find? is at the bottom of each facing page.

My experience of these pictures is that each picture makes me want to jump right into it so that I can participate in the story. Imagine the possibilities for stories and conversations with young children! I believe that this book offers a heart-path into the world of the written word - and a warm sharing between parents and children. What better gift than this?

A Farmer's Alphabet

Mary Azarian

Softbound, large format


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When I saw A Farmer's Alphabet, I knew it was a perfect addition to the 3rd Grade Farming/House Building block in the Waldorf curriculum.  The feel of these images is so authentic (I grew up on a farm, so I can attest to this), so warm and alive, that having this book available can enrich the student's experience enormously.  Many 3rd Grades use Laura Ingles Wilder's Farmer Boy as their focus -- A Farmer's Alphabet practically illustrates the story: a New England farm with work still being done with simple tools.

A bonus is that the alphabet also shows both upper and lower case printed letters that in 3rd grade, when students are reading from printed books as well as writing their own main lesson books, becomes a lovely visual reinforcement.

Poems for Younger Children

David Donaldson



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The poems in this collection were written originally as birthday verses for children between the ages of seven and eleven. The children, each having been given a verse, would learn it by heart and recite it to the class on their birthdays.

After more than sixteen years of teaching children at the Hereford Steiner Academy, the author reviewed the verses he had written, and it seemed many could be enjoyed as poems in their own right, though they also made a satisfying collection, as they often follow the seasonal cycle.

Teachers and parents may find continuing use for them in recitation and storytelling, to accompany movement, or as inspiration for their own verses. These poems will evoke smiles and fond memories for all those who take them to heart.

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

Phonic Rhyme Time

A unique collection of phonic rhymes for precise practice in speaking and reading

Mary Nash-Wortham

Spiral bound


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An outstanding resource for class and remedial education teachers, speech therapists, homeschooling parents and ESL teachers!

Here we have hundreds of rhymes, each of which concentrates on one specific sound. When repeated as an exercise, they train the mouth to form the sound correctly. Or, use them as a creative way to expand vocabulary or to learn to correctly spell words that sound similarly.

The first part of the book describes how speech sounds are produced and illustrates consonant and vowel positions. The wide range of rhymes and verses means it is suitable for both children and adults, including those learning English as a foreign language.

Mary Nash-Wortham has extensive as a Speech and Language Therapist. She is co-author along with eurythmist Jean Hunt of Take Time, widely used in remedial and extra lesson settings for children with learning difficulties.

Whittle Your Ears

Barbara Dawson Betteridge



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Barbara Dawson Betteridge was someone whose friendship Bob and I were grateful to have, and who offered that same warm generousity to Highland Hall and the all of Waldorf education. Since 1953 she was one of those amazing souls without whom no Waldorf school could survive for long -- her warmth, insight, and creativity were always at the disposal of any teacher who needed them, any parent with a question. And, it was over the ensuing 50 years that Barbara wrote the songs, poems, and plays that you'll find in this book which were gifts from her to Highland Hall and are now gifts to the entire Waldorf Movement. Just a glance through the book, and you'll know you're in the hands of a master. Be prepared to discover some of the best material for children that has ever been set to paper.

As an example, here are the plays you'll find:

  • "Mont Saint Michel" - a Norman legend;
  • "Our Favorite Star" for Grade Three;
  • "Grammar's Garden" for Grade Four;
  • "The Magic Pitcher" for Grade Five;
  • "The Golden Fleece" for Grade Five;
  • "The Castle of the Kingdom of the Stones" for Grade Six - extracted and extended from The Bind Brethern by Friedrich Hiebel;
  • "The Sacred Flame" - a story from Christ Legends by Selma Lagerlof ;
  • "Columbus" by Georg Starke, translated by Barbara Betteridge;
  • "The Other Wise Man" by Henry van Dyke, dramatized by Barbara Betteridge

And here's a poem, chosen at random:


Not by the thunder
The boulder was riven
That lies there asunder,
Helplessly cloven.

Not any mortal,
Of chisel though master,
Marked this for portal
Nor chose for pilaster.

Not any giant,
For gold or for gain,
Maimed the defiant
And clove it in twain.

Might, them denied,
To an acorn was given,
To spring the stone wide
And thrust upward to heaven.

Verses and Poems and Stories to Tell - New Edition

Dorothy Harrer



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A collection of original material written by master class teacher Dorothy Harrer for her own classes at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York. Verses and Poems and Stories to Tell is rich with delightful tales and rhymes to keep children engaged for hours and during chores, walks, and play. For parents and teachers this offers a treasury of ideas and story-lines to carry through many days and bedtime rituals with children! With a deep compassion for a child’s need to hear beautiful words and inspiring stories that give a new excitement to ordinary daily routines or things in nature, the author provides glimpses into how to turn the daily routines of life into fun! Particularly suited for grades 1-4.

92 pages, 7"x 10".

This edition replaces the spiral-bound version of Verses and Poems and Stories to Tell.

To Grow and Become

Translated and Collected by Rudolf Copple



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This is a collection of lesser-known stories addressing some of the deeper questions of children. Collected by a long-time class teacher, who found these particularly nourishing for children through fifth grade. Stories include ·Old Gerasimus and the Lion,· ·Maiden Lene of Søndervand,· and ·Ilya.·

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Large Format Hardcover

Illustrated by Sophia Montefiore


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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is one of the great classics of English Literature, considered by many to be the greatest ballad ever written in English. Composed at the end of the eighteenth century by Coleridge, its unique qualities have continued to capture the imagination of readers and artists throughout the ages.

Readers, particularly high school students, respond with awe to the power of the super-reality in the poem, seeing through the mariner's eyes the vast expanses of ocean and the elements.  It's expression of human suffering and the difficult journey toward harmonizing our inner extremes speaks as well to the hearts of adolescents and young adults especially.

The creation of the 30 illustrations in this book by Sophia Montefiore was impelled by an abiding fascination with Coleridge’s perspectives into the world of the soul and the elemental powers of nature.

Sing Me the Creation - 2nd Edition

Paul Matthews

Creative Writing Sourcebook


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An all new, updated edition of this inspirational workbook!

This is an exciting, new approach to awakening spontaneous, wholesome creativity -- whether in our selves or within the children we teach. I have a feeling that as more teachers experiment with bringing these exercises into their classrooms, this will become one of the most treasured teacher resources ever. Beautiful!

In over 300 silly and serious exercises, Paul Matthews gives us permission to indulge our fantasy, and then, when that life is flowing, provides the tools to craft it into poetry and story.

Though these exercises are intended for group work with adults, teachers of children will find here many new ideas for the classroom, and individuals working alone will have no difficulty adapting them to their needs.

Paul Matthews, a poet himself, taught creative writing at Emerson College, Sussex.

256 pages, 6 1/4" x 9 1/4", 2015.