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A Magical Christmas Tale

Elizabeth Goudge

Illustrated by Margot Tomes


The morning star still shone, and when Polly opened the window the air was crisp and cool.  As she leaned out, breathing in its freshness, all the cocks began to crow.  And then her lips parted and the tingling blood sent a flow of warmth to her very fingertips.  She leaned out farther, her eyes wide, for three ships were sailing towards the harbor.  One had a red sail and one had a brown sail and one had a sail like the wing of a swan.

Little Polly Flowerdew lives with her two maiden aunts, and she is absolutely sure that something special is going to happen this Christmas. She leaves her bedroom window open on Christmas Eve, just in case the three wise men decide to come visit. When she wakes up on Christmas morning, more than one miracle seems to have taken place.

Elizabeth Goudge has created a moving, lyrical, and endearing chapter book, celebrating the magic as well as the mystery of Christmas. Charmingly illustrated with ink drawings by Margot Tomes, it is a perfect Christmas read-aloud for young children and parents looking for something slightly sentimental and bracingly wholesome.

Kevin Avison



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!

Spiritual experiences of people with autism

Edited by Wolfgang Weirauch



Many individuals with autism are highly intelligent and gifted, but some are effectively imprisoned in their bodies and unable to communicate verbally. However, developments in technology have enabled autistic people to transmit their thoughts directly. In this true account, three autistic people, two of them brothers, speak via the method of “facilitated communication,” with the aid of a computer keypad. What is conveyed are not just everyday thoughts and experiences, but surprising and sometimes shattering spiritual and metaphysical perceptions. The conversations reveal remarkable clairvoyant gifts, such as the ability to read other people’s thoughts, to see past lives, and to communicate with supernatural entities.

Erik speaks of a past life during World War II, and the horrendous experience of being killed at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. As a result of this, his soul had no desire to reincarnate on earth—although he also describes encounters with Christ, and how these eventually led to his present life. Andreas speaks of his perceptions of elemental beings—nature spirits—and how we can develop more intimate contact with such entities, for example through special kinds of music. He also describes Christ’s working in nature as well as his Second Coming. Each of the interviewees discuss meditation and how it can engender vital spiritual processes and perceptions. Together, their insights provide an astonishing glimpse into the way some people with autism appear to experience the world, and how their experiences can enrich our own.

Additional interviews with educators and therapists working with people with disabilities in the autistic spectrum give a broad view of progressive and inspirational educational methods.

E. Nesbit



In this well-loved classic (1906), the comfortable lives of three well-mannered children are greatly altered when, one evening, two men arrive at the house and take their father away. With the family’s fortunes considerably reduced in his absence, the children and their mother are foced to live in a simple country cottage near a railway stations. There the young trio befriend the porter and station master.

The youngsters’ days are filled with adventure and excitement, including their successful attempt to avert a horrible train disaster; but the mysterious disappearance of their father continues to haunt them.

The solution to that painful puzzle and many other details and events come to vivid life as the story progresses.

Ideal for ages 7 and above.

Memoirs from the Living Heart of a Mayan Village

Martín Prechtel

Foreword by Robert Bly

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I love this book; so much so that after making three attempts at writing my own review of it, I’ve decided to let Robert Bly speak from his Foreword instead:

“[Prechtel’s] father is Swiss, his mother a Native American from Canada, Martín is a half-European, half-Huron baby cooked in some darkness he couldn’t have imagined. He settled into the famous Mayan village of Santiago Atitlán from the time he was twenty until he was thirty-three. There he received two initiations, one into the village religious tradition and the other into shamanism.

…Before meeting Martín, I’d never known a representation of such a culture. But I can testify to the integrity, the massive learning, the faithfulness, the lighthearted joy, and the hard-working nature of this representative.

From these metaphors of honey, of Gods crazy about smoke and dancing, we get a scent of the “original flowering earth,” that is, the fantastic fragrance that can come into human life when, despite madness and greediness, old women and old men help the young ones to embody beauty and eloquence, and when eight-hundred-year-old rituals of gratitude get a chance to play themselves out. . . . It’s a precious thing, this book. I’ve never known another like it. It’s a great encyclopedia of beauty that could so easily have been lost if a tree had fallen differently, if a foot had slipped on a rock, if a canoe had sunk in the storm, if the gunman had aimed a little to the left.

. . . it is a treasure house of language, in service to life.”

– Robert Bly

And it is even more than that. I hope you have the good fortune of being able to read Secrets of the Talking Jaguar – every minute of it will love you.

A Romance of Many Dimensions

Edwin A Abbott



Flatland is not only one of the very first science fiction books ever written (1884), but it is such an enjoyable and excellent introduction to the concept of dimensions and their effect on our perceptions, that it remains high on the list of books recommended for curious students of mathematics. I would personally recommend it for precocious 7th or 8th graders as well as high school and college students. Every mathematician I’ve ever met has read it, remembered it fondly and recommended passing it along to the younger generation.

Here’s the story line:

A. Square is a mathematician and resident of two-dimensional Flatland, where women — thin, straight lines — are the lowliest of shapes, and where men may have any number of sides, depending on their social status. [n.b.: the sexism alone can be guaranteed to spark hours of lively discussion!]

Through strange occurrences that bring him into contact with a host of geometric forms, Square has adventures in Spaceland (three dimensions), Lineland (one dimension) and Pointland (no dimensions) and ultimately entertains thoughts of visiting a land of four dimensions — a revolutionary idea for which he is returned to his two-dimensional world.

There are charming illustrations by the author throughout. Who says mathematics can’t be fun?

Dorothy Harrer


New revised and reorganized by grade - excerpts from Steiner's lectures added

Covers Grades 1-6



After far too many years out-of-print, Dorothy Harrer’s beloved Math Lessons is again available – and this edition is even better than the original. Now all of the lessons have been organized by grade and proofread by expert mathematics teachers. Additionally, there are wonderful excerpts from Steiner that have been added; each of them beautifully illuminates the approach you’ll find in this book. Overall, this is a book to love and rely on – it is filled with joyful potency.


  • Excerpts from Rudolf Steiner
  • Some thoughts in relation to arithematic teaching
  • Numbers and the four processes in First Grade
    • Numbers
    • The number three
    • Two, four, and eight
    • One through five
    • Six
    • Sums
    • We are all one whole class
    • Gnomes and jewels The four processes
    • The family that became one person
  • A selection of lessons for the Second Grade
    • The richest number
    • Big smoke and little flame
    • Two shapes
    • The king’s advisors
    • A number story for the sixth table
    • The giant who counted with his feet
  • A selection for lessons for the third grade
    • Big brother and little sister
    • Plus-Times and Minus-Divideby
    • Early measures
  • A selection of lessons for the fourth grade
    • The numbers workers
    • Riddle
    • Have an apple!
    • The tens as helpers
    • A selection of lessons for the fifth grade
    • History of numbers
    • The story of Pythagoras
  • A selection of lessons for the sixth grade
    • The decimal system
    • Percent means per hundred
    • What is a mill?
    • Fractional percents
    • Introduction to interest
    • More matters of interest
    • This year? Next year? Some time?
    • Simple interest and compound interest
    • Commission
    • Taxes
    • Ratio equivalents

Classroom Lessons Supporting the Development of Life Skills, Self Knowledge and Social Grace

Linda E Knodle

Coming of Age Curriculum Series



Linda’s second volume in the Coming of Age Curriculum Series focuses on a semester’s worth of topic-oriented lessons to be delivered to students ages 13 & 14 and grades 8-9. These lessons are open, enlivening, and nourishing of the upright human being within both students and adults. There is an artistry and playfulness that informs all these less and makes them so very beautiful and healthy for both the students and adults. We really can’t recommend them highly enough.


Part One: Preparation for the Course


  • Sample Rotation for Middle School Blocks of Study
  • Daily Main Lesson (Sample)
  • Elements of the Lesson

Preparation: Before Classroom Work

  • Preparing Yourself
  • Preparing the Faculty Letter for Faculty or Adult Community
  • Survey
  • Preparing for Parents Letter for Parents
  • Developing Values
  • Preview Questions for Interviews
  • Overview
  • Preparing for the Students Details of the Day
  • Spelling List
  • Resources for Teachers and Parents
  • Resources for Student

Part Two: Lesson Plans

  • Table of Contents for Lesson Plans
  • Student Lesson Book Entry Sequence
  • Optional Lessons for Day Five through Eighteen
  • Student Lesson Book Entry Sequence for Optional Lessons

Part Three: Supplements

  • Teacher’s Evaluation of Student
  • Student’s Evaluation of Teacher
  • Reviewing the Work
  • About the Author

Also available:
Human Fertility – 3rd Edition
Rites of Passage Workbook – 2nd Edition

116 pages, 8 1/2″ x 11″, 2012.

Lessons in Support of the Inner and Outer Changes in Puberty and Adolescence

Linda E. Knodle

Coming of Age Curriculum Series



We are happy to be able to offer Linda Knodle’s newest edition of her original Human Fertility curriculum. She has now created two separate curriculum guides to better support the needs of different adolescent age groups.

In this first volume, offered in support of students 11 years old and up, Linda guides teachers, parents and community leaders through a detailed curriculum offerings designed to create a warm understanding of the physical and emotional changes the students are experience. Further, Linda helps adults weave a welcoming community around these teenagers.

This is truly a heartfelt work which has already graced the lives of hundreds of adolescents and the adults who care for them.


Part One: Preparation for the Course


  • Sample Rotation for Middle School Blocks of Study
  • Daily Main Lesson (Sample)
  • Elements of the Lesson

Preparation: Before Classroom Work

  • Preparing Yourself
  • Preparing the Faculty Letter for Faculty or Adult Community
  • Preparing for Parents Letter for Parents
  • Preview Questions for Interviews
  • Overview
  • Preparing for the Students Details of the Day
  • Spelling List
  • Resources for Teachers and Parents Resources for Students

Part Two: Lesson Plans

Part Three: Supplements

Also available:
Lessons for Middle School Issues – 3rd Edition
Rites of Passage Workbook – 2nd Edition

112 pages, 8 1/2″ x 11″, 2011.

Core Values and Practices in Waldorf Education for Children Ages 3-9

Rainer Patzlaff, Wolfgang Sassmannshausen, et al.



Developmental Signatures is the result of studies commissioned by the the German Association of Waldorf Schools (Bund) and carried out by a team of teachers, doctors, parents, and scholars. You’ll find the developmental stages of Waldorf education as related to State educational requirements in Germany, and which can be applied in kind if not specifically to Waldorf education as it is practiced in schools and homes throughout the world. These first two parts of a three-part study are concerned with children from three to nine years old and the conditions required for successful schooling. The results of this study offer an opportunity for teachers and parents to reflect and renew their understanding and practice of Steiner’s pedagogy.