The Wise Enchanter
A Journey through the Alphabet
Illustrated by Krystyna Emilia Kurzyca
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I can't begin to describe how much I love this story and the fact that Shelley Davidow has so much insight and such an understanding of children that she created it. The Wise Enchanter actually makes me wish that I could go back to the time before I learned to read and enter the magic world of words through this rich and wonderful door. I especially love that the story is so very like the worlds I created for myself in those pre-written-word days, yet carries with it the assurance that there are depths of goodness in the world and that searching for them is a worthy, yea, necessary thing to do. What could be a better way to introduce our written language to a child? This book is a beautiful creation and a gift to treasure.
Here's a small sample, from the Prologue:
[The Wise Enchanter is on his magical island, and is troubled. He has called his daughter, Gadrun, to him.]
Gadrun ran to her father. A frown creased her brow. "Dear father," she said, "I see that you are worried."
"I am getting old," he replied. "Without Wisdom, there can be no new Enchanters after I am gone. No children have come to my island for many years. It is happening just as I feared. Wisdom is fading in the world. Words are disappearing. The brightness in the sky is vanishing and the dark Cloud of Ignorance has grown suddenly dense. A new darkness is looming. Someone is being created in the deep. He is growing stronger every minute. If he is not stopped, he will grow immense. If he grows strong enough, he will rise up and devour every word and sound. The earth will become a cold, silent place, too terrible to imagine."
"Who are you talking about?" Gadrun whispered.
"I do not like to utter his name," her father whispered. "But I will say it for you. His name is the Master of Ignorance and Shadows. His name is Urckl!"
Gadrun grew pale and silent at the mention of Urckl. Once, some time ago, Urckl had found enough strength to send one of his messengers to the end of the world. Something terrible had happened then in the Enchanted Islands and Gadrun's heart had been broken.
And thus, the adventure begins.
I should add that The Wise Enchanter is filled with soft black-and-white drawings that you can easily transform into main lesson drawings for the child(ren) you are teaching to recreate as each letter is rescued from darkness.
This is a wonderful, vibrant, masterful book -- may your journey through it be rich and rewarding!
The Waldorf Alphabet Book
(formerly, The Living Alphabet)
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?
and All the Letters A to Z
Poems by Howard Schrager
Illustrations by Bruce Bischof
Hardbound, large format
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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!
A Knife and a Fork and Bottle and Cork . . .
That's How You Spell New York
Illustrated by Sarah Madsen
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Howard Schrager, author of LMNOP, 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.
The Waldorf Book of Poetry
Discover the Power of Imagination
Edited by David Kennedy
Hardbound, large format
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Sometimes when I pick up a new book, I can tell before I even open the cover that there is something magical about it, something exciting and wonderful. I experience a nearly physical electric thrill that runs from my hand to my heart that has proven over the years to be the harbinger of glorious things in print.
I had this experience when The Waldorf Book of Poetry arrived - and as I have poured through its more than 325 pages, my joy at what this book contains has grown by leaps and bounds. Here, in one place, is one of the greatest collections of poetry ever brought together. The love that has gone into the selecting this anthology is evident on every page. There isn't a single great poem I've thought of that I haven't found inside the covers of this book. There are classics, modern poems and some of the "old favorites" written especially for Waldorf schools. In addition, the design of the book is meant for years of use, with a sturdy hard cover and bond paper. It's organization is gifted, leaving anyone who even glances at the table of contents hungry to read more. Even the typesetting is wonderful: crisp and clear as books so often are not these days.
In addition to the hundreds of beautiful, engaging poems to share with students of all ages, there is a Foreword by Eugene Schwartz that anyone who is teaching children will love. Here Eugene shares his classroom experience and methods of using poems such as these. For those teaching at home, or who are new to the classroom, this foreword is a gift that makes The Waldorf Book of Poetry into a resource not just to be loved, but also used.
This is the book that will feed the hearts and minds of children for years to come. Many thanks are due David Kennedy for bringing it to life.
Poems for Younger Children
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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.
The human foundations of speaking, writing and reading
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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
On Reading and Writing
Towards a phenomenology and pathology of literacy
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In these meditations on hand and eye, attention and uprightness, light and sound, death and resurrection, Karl König attempts to reveal the phenomena out of which writing and reading manifest - or fail to develop.
König's observations lead directly to pathways of education. He notes correctly that the extreme modern pressures on children to achieve types of literacy can often stunt the development of healthy imagination, feeling and willing. All teachers and interested parents will want to read this remarkable book -- it's depth and accessibility will not only increase your awareness of the phenomena of reading and writing, I believe you'll find that König's presentation will open your heart as well. This is an amazing work.
Phonic Rhyme Time
A unique collection of phonic rhymes for precise practice in speaking and reading
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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.
Waldorf Journal Project #16
Compiled and edited by David Mitchell
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This 16th Journal Project is a fascinating collection of essays and articles by master teacher Jørgen Smit. Smit was a class teacher in Bergen, Norway, a founder of the teacher training seminar in Jarna, Sweden, and a member of the Vorstand (Board of Directors) of the International Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. He was also a man of deep insight, warmth, and enthusiastic interest in just about everything around him. These essays are not only elucidating and thought-provoking, they are also wonderfully engaging, like sitting in the living room after a good meal, listening to a wise guest open his mind and heart to you. Very highly recommended.
- The Role of Mythology in Education
- Thinking and Willing in Mythological Form
- A Little Introduction to Grammar
- Subject, Predicate and Object in Grammar
- The Past, Present and Future
- The Child's Word Sense and Thinking Sense
- Picture and Concept
- Remembering and Imagining
- The Youth of Our Day
The Winding Road
Family treasury of poems and verses
compiled by Matthew Barton
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What pleasure awaits those who not only dip into this book at random, but who also search for the particular poem or verse which has personal meaning. What a gift for the family—and how wonderful to think of a new book growing with the family and being passed on, thoroughly finger-smudged, tear-stained and page turned.
—Jamila Gavin, author of Coram Boy
Matthew Barton has gifted us with the most sensitively gathered collection of verse available in print. With poems for children from toddlers to teenagers, The Winding Road has beautiful verse for all interests, ages, and situations. You simply can't do better than to have a copy of this book at hand, ready for you to dip into when looking for "just the right poem" to share with your child -- I promise you, you'll find it.
Over 200 poems, from Gaelic Blessings to Navajo prayers, from William Black to Eleanor Farjeon and Billy Collins, on the following themes:
- The Clay that Shapes: Before Birth
- A Shock of Light: Birth
- Raining Double Blessings Down: Blessing, Naming and Baptism
- To Shine on Earth: A Young Child's Brithday
- Arise, Arise! Morning Verses with Young Children
- Bread Is a Lovely Thing to Eat: Graces
- Sleep's Unlatched Door: Evening and Prayer
- Feet Find a Way: First Milestones
- Sorrow's Springs: Illness and Upset
- A Wind Where the Rose Was: Bereavement
- The Ground to Stand On: Stepping Out and Growing Away
- I Am Good Fortune: Leaving Home
- Waldorf School Verses
A Children's Anthologia - A Gathering of Flowers
50 Poems for Primary and Junior High School
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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.
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,
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
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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. Particularly suited for grades 1-4.
One, Two, Three! A Collection of Songs, Verses, Riddles, and Stories for Children of Grades 1-3
A Collection of Songs, Verses, Riddles and Stories for Children of Grades 1-3
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A master teacher shares the stories, verses, rhymes and riddles he wrote for the children in his classes over a period of more than twenty years. They are delightful, playful and the sort of thing children of all ages love. This collection ought to be extremely helpful to class teachers and homeschoolers alike.
To Grow and Become
Translated and Collected by Rudolf Copple
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Wish, Wonder and Surprise
An Anthology for Creative Writing in Grades Seven and Eight
Compiled by Eugene Schwartz
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Eugene Schwartz has compiled a fascinating anthology for the 7th grade creative writing block. Here are excerpts, stories, poems, even jokes that represent some what is best and most loved in Western literature, all of them chosen because they are so interesting and evocative that even a 7th grader will want to join the discussion.
And, at the beginning, Schwartz offers some invaluable tips on creating the lessons and carrying them out. This is a must-have resource for anyone teaching this block, whether in the class or at home.
Come Unto These Yellow Sands
Eurythmy, Movement and Classroom Experience
Molly von Heider
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This book is one of those real gems that was available when my own children were young (I still have my well-worn copy), then went out of print and now is available again. I feel enormous gratitude to the publisher that this delicious collection of songs, poems, games and master-teacher suggestions and thoughts is once again available.
There are so many ways to use this book - if you are a parent, the rhymes and songs will gladden your children's days (and yours!); if you are a class teacher, there is a wealth of group games, songs to sing and poems to recite; if you are a eurythmist or movement specialist, you'll find each of the songs or poems suggests its own special movement and von Heider's comments and suggestions will inspire your own creative insights.
I personally used this book both as a source book for the delight of my children and also when when I was working with special needs children to devise ways to help them connect more fully to the world through movement. I found it an inexhaustible treasure trove, one which I now recommend without reservation.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Hardbound, large format
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.
For the Love of Literature
A Celebration of Language and Imagination
Christy MacKaye Barnes
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These authors give us all an antidote to the decline in cultural literacy and general "dumbing down" that has been noted in all education: namely, they help us to remember how very much we love literature and everything about it.
This is a book that can help parents and teachers pass along a love of literature to the students they teach -- and in so doing, it can help uplift the world we live in.
- Christy MacKaye Barnes, nine essays, including: “Can the Imagination Be Trained?” “The Crisis of the Word Today” “Why Write?” “Schooling Capacities through the Study of Great Authors” “Backgrounds for Russian Literature”
- Adam Bittleston, “The Future of the English Language”
- L. Francis Edmunds, “Literature in the Upper School”
- Linda Sawers, “In the Footsteps of Dante”
- Isabelle Wyatt, “Chaucer and the Modern Consciousness”
- A. C. Harwood, “Fair Mountain and Fine City”
- Adam Bittleston, “Shakespeare’s Troubled Kings”
- Ursula Grahl, “In Quest of the Holy Grail”
- L. Francis Edmunds, “The Trials of Parsifal”
- Hugh Hetherington, “Grail Mountain and Garden of Marvels”
- Eileen Hutchins, “Wolfram and Wagner”
- Adam Bittleston, “Christopher Fry and the Riddle of Evil”
- Susan Demanett, “Questing toward a True Understanding of Grammar”
- Dorit Winter, “We Love Grammar”
The Spirit of the English Language
A Practical Guide for Poets, Teachers and Students
John H. Wulsin, Jr
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Here is a fascinating journey through the English language and its literature, born of John Wulsin's lifelong interest “how sound works in English and American poetry.” Wulsin traces the many changes, both subtle and radical, in how English has sounded over the past thirteen centuries, while also showing how those changes are related to the evolution of human consciousness in Western, English-speaking peoples.
The Spirit of the English Language is never dry but filled with the textures of the lives and works of the great English-language poets. Wulsin describes the evolving activity of poetry in the biography of each poet, beginning with the Old Anglo–Saxon in Beowulf and the later works of Chaucer, and following the spirit of the English language through to the nineteenth century’s “primal/modern” language of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Dickinson’s diamond-distilled language. Along the way, we discover how the very sounds of English have changed the ways in which not only poets think and express themselves, but, more important, how sound works and changes our human consciousness. The author also discusses specifically how, in teaching poetics, stages of the developing English language quicken corresponding stages of thinking in maturing adolescents.
Twelve years in the making, The Spirit of the English Language is the fruit of John Wulsin’s thirty years of teaching language and literature to adolescents. The book is further informed and fructified by the author’s fifteen years of teaching poetics to adults, as well as decades of writing poetry and participating in numerous poetry workshops.
This practical guide will become a classic for all poets, teachers of poetry and language, and students. It is a beautiful resource for anyone interested in English, its development, its effects on consciousness, and how sound works in poetry.
- Part I
- A Language Is Born
- Old Anglo-Saxon
- Evolving Language in Evolving Adolescents: Ninth and Tenth Grades
- The Norman Conquest
- Chaucer’s Middle English
- The Language Wakes up, Renewed
- Elizabethan English: Shakespeare
- Expansion and Contraction: King James Bible
- Part II
- Lyric Activity in Metaphysical Poetry: John Donne
- The English Epic: Milton
- The Eighteenth Century and Blake
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
- Robert Browning
- Gerard Manley Hopkins
- Eleventh Grade(Ages 16–17)
- Part III
- Alteration of the Early American Mind
- Poetry in American Prose: The Novel
- Emily Dickinson
- Twelfth Grade(Ages 17–18)
- Contemporary American Speech
- Speech and Drama in High School
Sing Me the Creation
A Sourcebook for poets and teachers, and for all who wish to develop the life of the imagination
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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, Sing Me the Creation 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.
Words in Place
Reconnecting with nature through creative writing
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Words in Place is a nine-week writing course that follows a path through the realms of nature, from mineral to plants, animal, and people. By exploring the qualities of each, Words in Place encourages the writer to find a unique, authentic voice and to forge a new relationship the inner and outer worlds.
Paul Matthews offers a rich variety of creative techniques and exercises, including "haiku hikes," word and story games, written conversation, collaborative writing, and "tiny tales."
The reader will enjoy this powerful and unusual book both for its help in connecting with nature and for its insights into imagination and the poets and writers who created the literary geography of East Sussex, the author’s home.
- WEEK ONE: Opening Our Senses to Each Other and the World
- WEEK TWO: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire
- WEEK THREE: Turning a New Leaf
- WEEK FOUR: The Flowering Garden and Our Responses to It
- WEEK FIVE: The Animal in Nature
- WEEK SIX: Giving Voice to the Animals
- WEEK SEVEN: Being Human
- WEEK EIGHT: The Story We Belong to
- WEEK NINE: Walking Back the Way We Came