The Extra Lesson
Movement, Drawing and Painting Exercises to Help Children with Difficulties in Writing, Reading and Arithmetic
Audrey E. McAllen
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Audrey McAllen's treasured resource has been revised and expanded -- the result is a work of depth and insight which is even more practical and valuable than before.
This edition of The Extra Lesson gives careful and thorough instructions for the remedial drawing, painting, and movement exercises developed by McAllen. The difficulties students experience when struggling to learn writing, reading, and arithmetic are addressed with specific activities -- the results? Students in both elementary and high school discover new relationships to themselves and the world, and find their path beyond the obstacles they face.
This latest edition of The Extra Lesson gives many more insights into the difficulties children are experiencing now. In it you are shown how to check for these disruptions, and how to remediate them, in far greater detail than before. The book has now increased in breadth and shows the depths from which this work has come. It is clear to me, having communicated with Audrey over the years, that no one else has come close to developing a program so universal in its application and yet holding such deep spiritual truths and insights.
Institute for Learning Difficulties
Foundations of the Extra Lesson
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This is a rare and marvelous book, one who's content actually goes beyond the vast hopes that the title evokes. It is truly must-read material for anyone working to foster and balance children's development.
In it, Joep Eikenboom links Audrey McAllen's Extra Lesson work to a rich and potent understanding of Rudolf Steiner's observations and insights. He then moves on to firmly and clearly find the connecting points between McAllen's discoveries, Steiner's science of the spirit and modern day neurology, psychology and physiology. Had he stopped there, for a well-deserved rest, we would all still have been endebted to him.
However, that is not where he stops: once he has laid the foundation of understanding, Eikenboom goes on to describe and explain many, many exercises and describes in intimate terms how they address different human conditions. His explanations are clear and easy to follow, exciting in their accessibility and usefulness.
Reading Children's Drawings
The Person, House and Tree Motifs
Audrey E. McAllen
Full color and black & white illustrations
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There is so much helpful material, examples, insight and inspiration between the covers of this book that it is hard to know where to begin. Audrey McAllen shares the fruit of her lifelong study of children and their remedial needs and gifts us with a book that, in the hands of loving parents, dedicated teachers and able healthcare practitioners, is sure to make children's lives better.
This is the book we have all been waiting for with bated breath. What an amazing achievement this book is! Audrey has made links to health, illness, and the development of the child from her observation of children's drawings and of the child. Audrey has an amazing gift to bring so many aspects of anthroposophy into a very practical application to help us better understand the child.
Lalage Craig, M.Ed.
President of the International
Extra Lesson Association
Understanding Children's Drawings
Tracing the Path of Incarnation
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Michaela Strauss's landmark book was first published in 1978, and sold out so quickly that if you blinked, you missed it. The same thing happened to the 1988 reprinting. Since that time, the only copies available have been used copies handed down, or worn out xerox copies. Which is tragic, considering the wealth of wisdom Strauss shares about how to see children's developmental progress and well-being in the way they create their drawings.
Happily, we now have another edition available, this time in a format that makes the picture presentation a bit clearer. Hopefully, it will stay available long enough to impart Strauss's wisdom to another generation of parents and teachers.
It is a deep pleasure to be able to offer this wonderful book to you - it is the sort of book that, once read, can live in your heart and awareness through your life.
An Unobserved Element in Education
Audrey E. McAllen
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One of the first things Rudolf Steiner told the original Waldorf School teachers was: teach the children to breathe and sleep properly. Audrey McAllen, a remedial teacher of no small genius, can be said to have devoted her life's work to this directive.
In The Extra Lesson, she developed therapeutic exercises for children and diagnostic tools for teachers -- the goal: to help children integrate more fully into their bodies and develop their capacities to the utmost. It is in this way, not through superficial and inappropriate breathing exercises, that the breath becomes rhythmic and regulated in a child's developing body.
In Sleep, McAllen goes on to look at the inner significance of children's sleep, particularly its relationship to education. McAllen notes that children take their daytime experiences over into their sleep life; from that she offers both insight and artistic exercises to help that sleep be everything it should be for the child. She also offers meditative material for adult contemplation, for who but adults create the world our children live in?
This is a deep and profound work which addresses an aspect of life that is often hidden and overlooked, but is nonetheless at the heart of our children's well-being.
The Out-of-Sync Child
Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder
Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
New Preface by Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR
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I am so heartened by the fact that this book was written and has become a go-to resource for parents and caregivers. Waldorf education, primarily through Extra Lesson remedial work, has long been aware of and addressed what it calls "sensory integration problems." That sensory integration is now recognized as a very real problem that many children face is such very good news for those children. The depth of understand and research, as well as the highly practical, helpful suggestions offered throughout The Out-of-Sync Child are not just in harmony with the Waldorf approach, they actually help to articulate and deepen it.
The Out-of-Sync Child is a handbook which offers wonderful descriptions of different aspects and presentations of Sensory Processing Disorder. Each descriptive chapter is followed by an observational checklist which can help anyone, parent, teacher, or caregiver, determine if a child may have SPD. Just to read through the book is to understand SPD much more deeply, and to become able to imagine the world seen from the eyes of a child who is coping with it.
The second part of the The Out-of-Sync Child is devoted to practical ways to help such a child and ways to cope as a family. The suggestions include exercises and games that every Extra Lesson teacher will recognize immediately. I think that every parent will feel seen and understood by the parenting suggestions, also.
This is a wonderful, helpful book.
Very highly recommended.
Growing an In-Sync Child
Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow
Carol Kranowitz, M.A. and Joye Newman, M.A.
Foreword by Jane M Healy, Ph.D.
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Here is a bright and cheerful compendium of genuinely fun activities and games to play with children. The key difference between Growing an In-Sync Child and other collections of children's games is that each and every activity is designed to integrate the sensory perceptions of the child playing it. In many ways, Growing an In-Sync Child is similar to The Resource Teacher's Developmental Exercise Manuals 1 and 2, but focuses more on things adults and children can do together.
Growing an In-Sync Child can be used to help children with sensory integration issues, but it can also be used happily and successfully to help any child happily develop a balanced body and mind. This is really a brilliant collection of activities, very similar to both Extra Lesson exercises and Brain Gym. I can't think of a better book to keep handy if you have or work with children.
Very highly recommended!
Movement exercises for parents, teachers and therapists of children with difficulties in speaking, reading, writing and spelling
Mary Nash-Wortham and Jean Hunt
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To my mind no therapist or remedial teacher should be without this edition by their side.
( Dr. Béve Hornsby PhD, MSc, MEd, MSCT
Consultant Speech Therapist and Clinical Psychologist
From the Foreword )
Take Time has been used in Waldorf schools by Extra Lesson teachers for years and is regarded with love and gratitude by everyone who has benefited from this wonderful marriage of curative eurythmy and speech therapy. It is recommended for by all the major advisory and learning support organizations in the UK and many more in other English-speaking countries. Because it is highly readable, it has also become one of the most popular resources for parents.
The authors of Take Time tackle some of the root causes behind difficulties in speaking, reading, writing and spelling, especially where there is a lack of co-ordination, rhythm and timing.
The innovative movement exercises, based on curative eurythmy, and the other activities described in Take Time can be tailored specifically to individual situations. This feature has resulted in the enormous popularity of the book, especially for use by parents. It is recommended by all centres concerned with dyslexia, dyspraxia and other difficulties.
Take Time features:
- 'Pointers' to clarify areas of difficulty, including timing and rhythm, direction, spatial orientation and movement, sequencing, laterality and fine motor control needed for clear speech and successful writing and reading.
- general exercises for co-ordination and body awareness.
- specific exercises to help with particular areas of difficulty and individual situations.
- details of useful resource equipment, books and contact addresses.
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.
The Physiology of Eurythmy Therapy
Hans-Broder von Laue and Elke E von Laue
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Eurythmy is a modern art of movement, and eurythmists work in the areas of art, healing, and education. The benefits as a healing social art are well known for both children and adults.
Rudolf Steiner gave a course on eurythmy therapy in which he described the process of “re-enlivening the whole physiology.” The authors of this book have researched eurythmy therapy for many years and The Physiology of Eurythmy Therapy is a comprehensive overview of their work. As such, it is also the clearest, most thorough explanation available in English as to the nature of the transformation of sound into eurythmy gestures and the effects of those gestures on the human body and soul. For practicing eurythmists and anyone who would like to explore and understand the profound healing potential of eurythmy as therapy.
Resource Teacher's Developmental Exercise Manual
Waldorf Resource Teacher Training Program
Association for a Healing Education
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What an amazing resource this little book is! It holds the instructions for 33 developmental exercises and their variations, discusses what the purpose of each exercise is, how often to do it, what sorts of observations are helpful and includes a space for your notes.
Additionally there is a beautiful and highly useful introduction by Mary Jo Orestito offering insight into the nature, origins and goals of the exercises and a section on "Teacher Tips for Many Ages and Various Situations."
The potential of this simple tool nearly takes my breath away -- with it, teachers and parents will have at hand the means to help their students and children move into the world more firmly, develop their capacities more fully. The Association for a Healing Education is to be commended for bringing this exceptional resource into print.
- Dedication to Ruth Nilsson
- Introduction by Mary Jo Oresti
- Teacher Tips for Many Situations
- Blind Man's Bluff Forms
- Run, Hop Numbers
- Animals Out West
- Clogging Numbers with the Feet
- Form Drawing Homework
- Group Letters in Space
- Memory and Concentration
- Multiplicaiton Table Forms in Movement
- Blind Walk
- Nature Creep
- 20 Creeping Games
- much, much more
Resource Teacher's Developmental Exercise Manual II
Association for a Healing Education
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The gift continues! I have characterized the original manual as the single most valuable book we sell -- it is simple to follow, genuinely healing, and even in the hands of untrained non-specialists, really cannot be misapplied. The choices for creative, fun and healing exercises that characterize the first developmental exercise manual have just increased 100%!
- Introduction by Mary Jo Oresti
- Exercises for the Whole Class
- Individual Practice in the Classroom
- Memory Star Exercise
- Incoming First Grade Exercises
- Foot Clapping
- Red Shoes, Blue Shoes
- Adzuki Bean Bags and "Polar Bears"
- Sound Train: Experiencing Phonemes
- Writing with the Feet
- Body Geography Through the Grades
- Two Variations on Exercises for Reading and Writing
- Exercises for Individual Sessions
- Marble Relay
- First Aid for a Bad Day
- Magic Scarves; Laughing Scarves
- Water Works
- Gross Motor Lower Sense Journey/Obstacle Course
- Balance Beam Grammar
- Balance Beam Phonics
- Making a Movie
- Treasure Hunt
- The Butterfly Dance: Moving Spirals with Red and Blue
- Mix a Pancake
- Over and Under the Bridge
- Through the Tunnel
- Bean Bag Catapult
- The Stations Approach
- Glossary of Movement, Growth and Consciousness Resources
Movement Journeys and Circle Adventures
Movement Enrichment with a Therapeutic Approach for Early Childhood
Nancy Blanning and Laurie Clark
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What a joy! Here is an entire book filled not just with charming circle games and songs for the kindergarten, but with charming games and songs that have been created to help our young children find their way into their bodies and souls. In more prosaic language, these games and movement songs address the spatial integration and sensory processing development issues that it seems more and more children are struggling with.
However you think about it, this is a book of genius and a gift to young children. The games are delightful - teachers and parents will have as much fun as the children. And, they are brilliantly thought out to include movement forms that will bring the children into the world with strength and balance.
This is a truly essential resource of the caliber of AHE's Resource Teacher's Developmental Exercise Manual. Use it. Love it.
Snip, Snap, Snout
A Waldorf Reader for Third Grade Extra Lesson Work
Text by Arthur M Pittis
Illustrations by Ausa M Peacock
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By third grade, if a student is still having significant struggles with the written word, extra lesson work is often recommended. Snip, Snap, Snout! is perhaps the best remedial reading book ever written. Stories are kept short, but they are never dull or contrived. The trained eye can catch that each story focuses on different word groups, sounds, punctuation and grammar, but all this is done so very artistically that someone who didn't know this was a book of stories for remedial reading would never notice. As with the other grade 3 readers, this one recapitulates the grade 2 curriculum of fables and saints, and does so with grace, charm and warmth.
Education as Preventative Medicine
A Salutogenic Approach
Michaela Glöckler, MD
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How and when something is taught affects the student's disposition towards health or illness for life. The whole Waldorf curriculum is built on an understanding of the development and physiology of the child. … The healthy development of the physical body is the basis for a healthy unfolding of the soul-spiritual individuality of the child. Therefore it is of great importance that doctors and teachers work together.
- Astrid Schmitt-Stegmann
Dr. Glöckler has brought together for the first time in English research and insights into the relationship between how we educate children and the health they enjoy both as children and later as adults. This is a book to read deeply, to ponder over. The application of these insights in our teaching and working with children has the power to resonate far into the future, creating a healthier world as it does.
In addition to Dr. Glöckler's insights, Education as Preventative Medicine also includes contributions by:
Johannes Bockemühl, Ernst Bücher, Wolfgang Göbel, Wolfgang Kersten, Daniela Greif, Mariana Kayser-Springorum, Armin Husemann, Gisbrt Husemann, Helmut v. Kügelgen, Karl-Reinhard Kummer, Hans Müller-Wiedemann, and Maria Theresia Pehm.
Diagnosis in Curative Education
Foreword by Michael Glockler, MD
Introduction by Cornelius Pietzner
Translated by Catherine E. Creeger
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Karl König's point of view is that "disabilities" are exaggerated forms of ways we all use to cope with life. He presents the outline of a comprehensive child anthropology for diagnosis in the areas of motor disturbances, sensory disturbances, right and left, the world of language and the gestalt of the child. Finally he introduces us to convulsive disorders, epilepsy and hysteria.
This unique book is of value not only to those working in special education but to anyone interested in the dynamics of all human development.
Animals in Translation
Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson
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I've read and heard many reviews of this remarkable new book by Temple Grandin. Depending on the reviewer's focus, Animals in Translation has been seen as a groundbreaking revelation of animal behavior and awareness and/or an inspiring revelation of the world seen from within autism. It is both these things, but in my opinion it is also something else - I experienced it as one deep and brilliant insight after another into human nature itself, not just autistic human nature, but all human nature.
Grandin's insight into animals is so uncluttered and straightforward that she penetrates into the recesses of the human heart as well. The descriptions she gives of the sources of many animal behaviors apply unswervingly as well to the things hidden in the depths of the human soul that well up as surprising, irrational or inconsistent reactions.
If you work with children, this book has more to offer you than I can describe in the space of one review. I can, however, give you an example which I think goes to the heart of how this book can be used on behalf of other people, especially young people. On page 145, Temple begins a discussion of Fear-Driven Aggression. She has previously described Assertive Aggression and is now contrasting it with aggression resulting from fear:
Fear-driven aggression causes so much violence and destruction in the animal and human worlds that I've often asked myself, What is rage for?
Why do we have rage circuits at all?
When you look at animals living in the wild, the answer is simple. Rage is about survival, at the most basic brute level. Rage is the emotion that drives the lion being gored to death by the buffalo to fight back; rage drives a zebra being caught by a lion to make one last-ditch effort to escape. I once saw a videotape of a domestic beef cow kicking the living daylights out of an attacking lion. It was some of the hardest kicking I have ever seen. Rage is the ultimate defense all animals draw upon when their lives are in mortal danger.
When it comes to human safety in the presence of animals, fear cuts two ways. Fear can inhibit an animal or a person from attacking, and very often does. Among humans, the most vicious murderers are people who have abnormally low fear. Fear protects you when you're under attack, and keeps you from becoming an attacker yourself.
But fear can also cause a terrified animal to attack, where a less-fearful animal wouldn't. A cornered animal can be extremely aggressive; that's where we get the saying about not getting someone's "back up against the wall." An animal with his back up against a wall is in fear for its life and will feel he has no choice but to attack.
On average, prey species animals like horses and cattle show more fear-based aggression than predatory animals such as dogs. That shouldn't be a surprise, since prey animals spend a lot more time being scared.
I categorize maternal aggression differently from some researchers; I put it in the fear department. I think maternal aggression is fear-driven at heart because over the years I've observed that the high-strung nervous animals will always fight more vigorously to protect her young than will a laid-back, calm animal like a Holstein dairy cow. Many a rancher has told me that the most hotheaded, nervous cow in the herd is the one who is most protective of her calf.
Any mother, nervous or calm, will fight to protect her baby. That's why on farms the human parents always warn their children to stay away from mama animals. But the fact that it's always the most nervous, fearful mother who shows the most maternal aggression makes me think that maternal aggression is driven by fear, even when the animal is calm by nature. When mother animals think their babies are in danger, they feel fear, and their fear leads them to attack. That's my conclusion.
This brings me to the fundamental question you have to ask yourself any time you're trying to solve a problem with aggression: is the aggression coming from fear or dominance? That's important, because punishment will make a fearful animal worse, whereas punishment may be necessary to curb assertive aggression.