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A Handbook for Steiner-Waldorf Class Teachers, 3rd Edition

Kevin Avison



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This popular book has undergone an extensive update and revision, resulting in the 3rd edition of this useful and practical resource book. Published in association with the Steiner-Waldorf Schools Fellowship, the book provides detailed suggestions and checklists cor Classes 1 through 8 for both the Waldorf teacher and home educator. Extensive appendices feature a compilation of sample planners to use as well as sample record tables for both students and teachers. A hugely practical assist to any Waldorf educator, Avison's often witty advice provides an interesting and easy-to-navigate handbook for creative classroom activities and management.

Table of Contents:

Section One

  • 1.0 The Imponderables
  • 1.1 Readiness for Class One
  • 1.2 Checklist: Class One Readiness
  • 1.3 Starting Out -- Class One
  • 1.4 Recording and Self-evaluation
  • 1.5 Checklists for Classes One--Three
  • 1.6 About Imitation
  • 1.7 ...and Circle Time
  • 1.8 Movement Skills for Classes One--Four
  • 1.9 Classes Four and Five Skills Checklist
  • 1.10 Classes Six and Seven Checklist

Section Two

  • 2.0 Planning Ahead
  • 2.1 Preparation
  • 2.2 Readiness
  • 2.3 Review
  • 2.4 Rehearse
  • 2.5 And the Fourth "R"!
  • 2.6 The Curriculum
  • 2.7 Curriculum and Basic Skills
  • 2.8 Class One
  • 2.9 Class Two
  • 2.10 Class Three
  • 2.11 A Selection of Lessons from the Curriculum for Classes Four--Eight
  • 2.12 Morning Lessons
  • 2.13 Parent and Teacher -- Enthusiasm for Education!
  • 2.14 Of Meetings and Learnings


  • Appendix A Movement Skills
  • Appendix B Checklist: Indicators of Possible Special Learning Needs
  • Appendix C An Interpretive Device
  • Appendix D A Possible Foundation Script
  • Appendix E Number Orientation -- to help your children face number symbols correctly
  • Appendix F Self-evaluation
  • Appendix G Planners and Record Sheets
  • Appendix H Record Keeping -- for individual children
  • Appendix I When Nothing Seems to be Working
  • Appendix J Your Most Precious Resource -- care for your voice!
  • Appendix K How Are Your Children Sitting?
  • Appendix L An Aid to Note Taking

This edition replaces A Handbook for Waldorf Class Teachers, 2nd Edition.

144 pages, 8 1/4" x 9 1/2", 2016.

Available June, 2016. Pre-order now!

Towards Creative Teaching - 3rd Edition

Notes to an Evolving Curriculum for Steiner Waldorf Class Teachers

Edited by Martyn Rawson and Kevin Avison

Translated by Johanna Collis



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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!

This edition replaces Towards Creative Teaching - 2nd Edition.

256 pages, 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 2013.

The Essence of Waldorf Education

Peter Selg



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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.

Leaving Room for the Angels

Eurythmy and the Art of Teaching

Reg Down


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This is a remarkable book! Every Waldorf teacher will want to read the first section, whether they teach at home or in the classroom. It contains wisdom and practical advice that can carry all of us far. It is especially insightful with regard to adolescence. The second part of the book is for eurythmists. Reg Down illustrates forms and gives special hints to make life easier for all eurythmy teachers.

Completing the Circle

Thomas Poplawski



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Every now and then, less often than we'd like but more often than one might hope for, a book comes along that takes a fresh look at old questions and, in so doing, enlivens not only the questions, but the subject they address. Completing the Circle is such a book.

Thomas Poplawski has taken up most of the questions most people, at some time or another, ask about Waldorf Education and has addressed them (and us) with great heart and a viewpoint that brings us into the living nature of human life. Open the book and you'll step into a world of quiet liveliness, a world at peace and in motion, at once magical and fully apparent. His is a book that will make you fall in love with life and the possibilities of education all over again.

Here's what he talks about:

  • The Schooling of Angels
  • Button Up Your Overcoat
  • Losing Our Senses
  • Taming the Media Monster
  • The Power of Play
  • Toys Are Not Us - Escaping from the Maw of Consumerism
  • Children and Sports - Finding a Balance
  • Etheric? Astral? Ego? - An Esoteric View of teh Human Being and Its Value in the Education of the Child
  • Paradise Lost: The Nine-Year Change
  • The Four Temperaments
  • Watching Your Temper(ament)
  • A Modern Path of Meditation and Inner Development

Childhood: A Study of the Growing Child

Caroline von Heydebrand


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Caroline von Heydebrand was one of the most beloved teachers at the original Waldorf School in Stuttgart, someone Rudolf Steiner looked to as a guiding light for the children. Childhood is the fruit of her twenty years experience teaching children and studying anthroposophy, and the book is filled with stories, examples, anecdotes - all couched in her deep love of nature and people. Some of the topics she addresses are: child development, the four temperaments, the growth of consciousness, and the development of moral, imaginative and other capacities. Highly recommended.

Adventures in Steiner Education

An Introduction to the Waldorf Approach

Brien Masters



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An internationally acknowledged authority in Steiner education, Brien Masters has worked for decades as a teacher in both public and Waldorf schools, and has served as a teacher trainer, consultant, writer and lecturer. In Adventures in Steiner Education, he draws on his rich and varied experience to paint a vivid picture of Waldorf education in practice. Spicing the text with many personal stories and anecdotes, he brings to life the theory behind this increasingly popular educational approach, from the early years through to the Lower and Upper Schools.

This lively book serves not only as an informative and entertaining introduction, but also as a helpful refresher course for those seeking to become fully acquainted with the basic principles of Steiner Education.

Awakening Intelligence

The Task of the Teacher and The Key Picture of the Learning Process

Magda Lissau



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Waldorf education awakens intelligence at developmentally appropriate times and prepares students for life through exercising a variety of thinking models. In this compelling book Magda Lissau unfolds the process of intellectual consciousness and discipline as practiced in the Waldorf school. In reading this book you can become aware of the depth that the curriculum provides for each student. Topics include: Age-appropriate learning and the three forms of memory: localized memory, rhythmical memory, and cognitive memory; coceptual and volitional intelligence; personal and impersonal intelligence; introduction to writing and reading in grade 1; introducing place value in grade 2; imagination as a tool of transition; introduction to fractions in grade 4; mythology and history in grade 5; astronomy—sky and earth; and the theorum of Pythagoras—a measure of balance.


Magda Lissau



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Octave is a collection of eight essays from a master Waldorf teacher and includes chapters on how to motivate children, parent/teacher relationships, and the school organization as a living organism. There is a chapter in which the author questions whether moral principles can be taught, and another entitled “The Seven Cosmic Artists: an Artistic View of Child Development”.

Throughout Octave you will find a voice wise with experience and warm of heart - a lovely source of encouragement and advice.

Introduction to Steiner Education (Edmunds)

The Waldorf School

Francis Edmunds



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Originally $17.95 -

This is an excellent introduction to the theory and practice of Steiner/Waldorf education, whether for teachers or anyone who would like to know more about Steiner’s ideas. It is especially useful for parents who are looking for a holistic education for their children.

The author explains, in a clear and lively style, many aspects of Steiner’s educational theories, especially the three stages of child development and how the Waldorf curriculum provides a healthy understanding, nurturing, and support for these phases.

Edmunds discusses the role of the class teacher, the “main lesson,” the four temperaments, attitudes toward discipline, competition, and examinations. His answers are based on the author’s many years of rich and varied experience as an educator of both children and adults.

The Recovery of Man in Childhood

A. C. Harwood

Introduction by Douglas M. Sloan



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Originally $14.95 -

The Recovery of Man in Childhood is perhaps the most comprehensive (and enjoyable!) presentation of the goals, the methods, the underlying worldview and, yes, the wonder of Waldorf Education and Rudolf Steiner's pedagogy. A.C. Harwood was not only a master Waldorf teacher, he was also a gifted writer, poet, and thinker. Additionally, his approach to children, to teaching, to education and the needs of the world is always informed by a very warm heart. I think you'll have a very, very good time reading this book - and reap a lifetime of insight and reflection in the bargain.

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.

Language Teaching in Steiner Waldorf Schools - 2nd Edition

Insights from Rudolf Steiner

Johannes Kiersch

Translated by Norman Skillen



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Language Teaching in Steiner Waldorf Schools details the pedagogical basis for the teaching of modern languages in a Steiner Waldorf School. It discusses Steiner's view of the nature of language in relation to child development and also addresses the practical classroom questions of curriculum and teaching method. In addition to those teaching modern languages, anyone interested in the ideas underlying Waldorf education will find it fascinating reading.

This edition replaces Language Teaching in Steiner Waldorf Schools – 1st Edition.

144 pages, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 2014.

Understanding Waldorf Education

Teaching from the Inside Out

Jack Petrash



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Both teachers and parents just can't find enough good things to say about Jack Petrash's introduction to Waldorf Education. What I like best about it is that it is concrete, not abstract, and comes straight from the heart of a teacher with 30 years of classroom experience. Here the inquiring parent, grandparent or prospective teacher will find answers and explanations to just about every question I've ever heard in the course of 20+ years experience with the Waldorf school movement. In many ways, you'll feel like your stepping into a Waldorf classroom, but with a quiet guide at your side to help you understand the wonder you are witnessing.

This is a book that is lively, enjoyable and ultimately very, very informative. I always love it when something I like also teaches me a lot - that's probably why I became involved with Waldorf Education in the first place! Enjoy!!

Creativity in Education

René M. Querido



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This now-classic collection of seven lectures given at the San Francisco Waldorf School present a concise summary of the purposes, philosophy, and methods of the Waldorf approach to education. This is an excellent introductory book for parents as well as teachers.

Topics include: The Rhythms in the Life of the Child; The Role of Temperaments; Geography and the Earth; World History and the Development of Wonder; Gratitude and Responsibility

Esoteric Background of Waldorf Education

The Cosmic Christ Impulse

René Querido

Five lectures given at the Annual Waldorf Teacher's Conference in Spring Valley, NY in 1993



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My recollection of René Querido from the years when I worked at Rudolf Steiner College is that the topic of this book was actually the passion of his life. For whenever he was able to speak publicly or privately about the Cosmic Christ, especially as the living foundation of Waldorf Education, he lit up with an enthusiasm that both captivated and inspired whoever listened.

I believe you will find in these printed lectures the same energy and spirit many of us were fortunate to experience first hand - and learn a great deal about both Waldorf Education and esoteric Christianity as well.

Waldorf Education

Christopher Clouder and Martyn Rawson



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Another great little book from the "Rudolf Steiner's ideas in practice" series! This is an ideal introduction, a as-close-to-perfect-as-you're-going-to-get first book on Waldorf Education - its schools, its pedagogy, its founder. Dozens of photographs add a richness and life to the clear descriptions of Steiner's ideas and how they have been put into practice. For anyone who's ever asked, "What's Waldorf Education?" - this is the book!

The Developing Child

Sense and Nonsense in Education

Willi Aeppli



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Originally $19.95 -

In this simple gem of a book, Willi Aeppli takes us to the very core of the task of education. His is not a picture of senseless cramming and memorization, but of service to each child and to humanity. All who seek an education make the greatest sacrifice, that of the self, all their gifts, and their future. They have the full right to expect that this self will be returned as a stronger and truer self. Aeppli describes a curriculum that can make this possible. This book develops not from theory, but from years of practical experience.

Willi Aeppli (1894-1972) was a master Waldorf teacher in the Rudolf Steiner School in BAsel, Switzerland. He is remembered as an excellent teacher who used his observations and daily experience to enrich his classroom teaching.

School as a Journey

Torin Finser


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Originally $14.95 -

Where Marjorie Spock gives us the curriculum as an ideal picture, Torin Finser follows up with "and this is what happened when I set out to do it." This book is a lively, colorful, absorbing account of a class teacher's eight years with his students-an autobiography in motion through an incredibly rich education. School as a Journey is worth its weight in gold just to be able to see how it all turns out!

School Renewal - A Spiritual Journey for Change

A Spiritual Journey for Change

Torin M. Finser, Ph.D



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School Renewal speaks to the problems and challenges of developing healthy schools. Using mythology, personal experience, and his extensive research, Torin, M. Finser describes how teachers and parents can handle such common problems as burnout, organizational stress, interpersonal conflict, and change.

Most importantly, he urges, an educational community must address the many unseen dimensions of each human being. He shows how these little-understood aspects of the mind can be nourished to create an econoimcal, exciting, and lasting renewal of school life.

Multiculturalism in Waldorf Education

The Waldorf Multiculturalism Committee

Softbound pamphlet


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This jam-packed little booklet offers more richness per page than many books ten times its size. In it are articles about the concept of multiculturalism in a Waldorf context, fairy tales from around the world, kindergarten marionette plays, considerations for Waldorf in the public sector, a resource list of multicultural picture books and bibliography.