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EDUCATION AND CHILD DEVELOPMENTspacerRUDOLF STEINER

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AN INTRODUCTION TO WALDORF EDUCATION

Discusses the changes in children at various ages and how schooling should make one fit for practical life.

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BALANCE IN TEACHING

Speaking to the teachers at the first Waldorf School in Stuttgart, Steiner asserts that the unfortunate presence of dishonesty and alienation in society today cannot be addressed without a completely renewed and holistic education. He states fact that successful teaching requires a living synthesis of the "spiritual gymnast", the "ensouled rhetorician" and the "intellectual professor". Of these, the formative effect of the rhetorician's cultivation of artistic speech is the most important.

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THE CHILD'S CHANGING CONSCIOUSNESS

As the Basis of Pedagogical Practice

These lectures are ideal for anyone first approaching Waldorf education. Using language that any teacher or parent can understand, Steiner goes into the essentials of his educational philosophy, providing many examples and anecdotes to convey his meaning. Against the background of the developing child, he allows the curriculum and the method of teaching to emerge as the commonsense conclusion of practical experience.

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DISCUSSIONS WITH TEACHERS

'Foundations of Waldorf Education' series

Steiner does not prescribe specific methods but introduces topics and situations, giving guidelines and allocating practical assignments that are taken up and discussed in the next session. In this way, the discussions are filled with insights and indications in many different areas of teaching - history, geography, botany, zoology, form drawing and mathematics. These fifteen discussions constitute an essential part of the basic training material for Waldorf teachers.

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EDUCATING CHILDREN TODAY

"Vague and general phrases... cannot provide the basis for a genuine art of education, which depends on real knowledge of the human being. It is not that such phrases are wrong, but that they are as useless as saying that all parts of a machine must be made to work together harmoniously. To make a machine work you have to apply real, detailed knowledge, not phrases and truisms. For the art of education likewise, what is important is specific insight into the way the human being is constituted, and how each aspect develops."

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EDUCATION

An Introductory Reader

Compiled with an introduction, commentary and notes by Christopher Clouder

A social basis for education; The spirit of the Waldorf school; Educational methods based on anthroposophy; The child at play; Teaching from a foundation of spiritual insight and education in the light of spiritual science; The adolescent after the fourteenth year; Science, art, religion and morality; The spiritual grounds of education; The role of caring in education; The roots of education and the kingdom of childhood; Address at a parents' evening; Education in the wider social context.

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EDUCATION AS A FORCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

Rudolf Steiner discusses themes relating to education and social life.

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EDUCATION FOR ADOLESCENTS

'Foundations of Waldorf Education' series

In these eight talks on education for adolescent-aged young people, Steiner addressed the teachers of the first Waldorf school two years after it was first opened. An upper school was needed, and Steiner wanted to provide a foundation for study and a guide for teachers already familiar with his approach to the human being, child development, and education based on spiritual science.

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EDUCATION FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

The Curative Education Course

‘Essentially we do not really have the right to talk about normality or abnormality in a child’s inner life, nor indeed in the inner life of human beings altogether... One does not gain much from such labelling, and the first thing to happen should be that the physician or the teacher rejects such an assessment, and goes further than saying that something is clever or sensible according to the way people are habitually thinking.’ – Rudolf Steiner

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EDUCATION OF THE CHILD

and Early Lectures on Education

A fundamental collection of Steiner's early writings and lectures on Waldorf education including his essential essay, "Education of the Child in the Light of Spiritual Science".

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THE ESSENTIALS OF EDUCATION

'Foundations of Waldorf Education' series

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FACULTY MEETINGS WITH RUDOLF STEINER

Volumes 1 & 2

'Foundations of Waldorf Education' series

The Waldorf School movement has its roots in the chaotic period following the First World War. Struggling to create the first school, Rudolf Steiner worked on every detail. Lesson plans, religious education, school hours, course resources, administration, finance, child study; no aspect of school life was beyond his attention.

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THE FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE

Formerly entitled The Study of Man, this lecture course, newly translated for this series, contains some of the most remarkable and significant lectures ever given by Rudolf Steiner. They include his most concise and detailed account of the nature of the human being, and are therefore absolutely central to anyone seeking to understand anthroposophy and the anthroposophical view of the world.

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GENIUS OF LANGUAGE

Observations for Teachers

Rudolf Steiner demonstrates how history and psychology combine to form different languages and how the inmost kernel of language can be accessed today.

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HUMAN VALUES IN EDUCATION

The underlying thesis of these lectures, volume 20 in the "Foundations of Waldorf Education" series, is that true education must be based on knowledge of the whole human being and that such knowledge cannot be attained without love. On this basis, Steiner presents his understanding of every aspect of child development - bodily, psychological, and spiritual. At the same time, he shows that, to prove worthy of their calling, teachers must begin a process of inner development. In Steiner's view, it is human beings who give value and meaning to the world. Modern education, however, is gradually undermining this meaning. These lectures demonstrate that education can heal that lack of meaning and restore the meaning of humankind for the world.

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THE KINGDOM OF CHILDHOOD

'Foundations of Waldorf Education' series

Perhaps because they were given to pioneers dedicated to opening a new Waldorf school, these talks have been considered one of the best introductions to Waldorf education. Steiner shows how essential it is for teachers to work first upon themselves to transfrom their inherent gifts, and to use humour to keep their teaching lively and imaginative. Above all, he stresses the tremendous importance of doing everything with the knowledge that the child is a citizen of both the spiritual and earthly worlds. Throughout, he returns to the practical value of Waldorf education.

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MODERN ART OF EDUCATION

'Foundations of Waldorf Education' series

These lectures comprise one of the most comprehensive introductions to Rudolf Steiner's philosophy, psychology, and practice of education.

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PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR TEACHERS

How do Waldorf teachers put their educational ideals into practice in the classroom? How does a teacher connect geography and art and language in a way that enlivens the souls of children? What does a child's respect for the teacher mean for later life? These are only a few practical aspects of this initial course for Waldorf teachers.

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THE RENEWAL OF EDUCATION

'Foundations of Waldorf Education' series

Introduction by Eugene Schwartz

Following a lecture requested by the department of education in Basel, Switzerland, sixty members of the audience invited Rudolf Steiner to return and deliver a complete lecture course on his approach to education. This work is the result.

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RHYTHMS OF LEARNING

What Waldorf Education Offers Children, Parents & Teachers

In each section of this book Roberto Trostli introduces the reader to Rudolf Steiner's lectures on specific aspects of the child's rhythm of development, and to the ways that Waldorf education responds to the child at each stage of growth.

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THE ROOTS OF EDUCATION

'Foundations of Waldorf Education' series

The Essentials of Education, together with its companion The Roots of Education (given three days later), present a remarkable synthesis of Waldorf education for teachers, parents, and anyone interested in education. The Waldorf experiment had matured over the five years since its founding into an established, concrete reality. Rudolf Steiner had guided the school from its beginning, observing very closely all that had happened. Thus, in these lectures, he was able to distil and present the essentials of Waldorf education with elegance and urgency.

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RUDOLF STEINER IN THE WALDORF SCHOOL

Lectures and Addresses to Children, Parents, and Teachers

Readers will find here a unique glimpse of what Steiner was really like, and how he viewed the school and the educational philosophy he brought into being.

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SOUL ECONOMY AND WALDORF EDUCATION

These lectures constitute one of the most important educational cycles, with separate lectures on the following phases of child development: before the 7th year, 7-10, the 10th year, 10-14, and adolescents after 14.

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THE SPIRIT OF THE WALDORF SCHOOL

These lectures surrounding the opening of the first Waldorf School provide an excellent, inspiring introduction to the Waldorf spirit and method.

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THE SPIRITUAL GROUND OF EDUCATION

'Foundations of Waldorf Education' series

Given during a conference on spiritual values in education and attended by many prominent people of the time, Steiner's Oxford lectures gave him a rare opportunity to present the principles of Waldorf education at the highest cultural level.

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STUDY OF MAN

General Education Course

Although these lectures were given to teachers as preparatory material, they are by no means concerned only with education. Study of Man is Steiner's most succinct presentation of his human-centred spiritual psychology, accessible to anyone interested in the riddles of human existence. His approach is unique in that it takes account not only of influences working into humanity from the past, but also of future states of consciousness and being.

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WALDORF EDUCATION AND ANTHROPOSOPHY 1

Public Lectures 1921-1922

The first of two volumes of Steiner's public lectures on Waldorf education deals with the role of health and illness in education and the major phases in child development.

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WALDORF EDUCATION AND ANTHROPOSOPHY 2

Public Lectures 1921-1922

Themes include education and the moral life, eurythmy, and moral and physical education.

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WHAT IS WALDORF EDUCATION?

Three Lectures

With an Introduction by Stephen Keith Sagarin

This is a reader-friendly Waldorf "taster," with three public lectures by Rudolf Steiner on Waldorf education and a thought provoking, accessible introduction by a Waldorf teacher and longtime student of Steiner's pedagogy. These lectures by Steiner present what he sees as the "fundamentals" in a matter-of-fact, objective, non-dogmatic way. The introduction, wide-ranging and informative, treats Waldorf education and methodology in general, explaining that, before all else, a Waldorf School is a good school. This is a must-read for anyone involved with, connected to or interested in Waldorf education.

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THE WORLD OF FAIRY TALES

“Fairy tales and sagas are comparable to a good angel, granted human beings as a companion from birth on their life’s wanderings, to be a trustworthy comrade throughout—offering comradeship, and making life inwardly into a truly ensouled fairy tale!” - Rudolf Steiner (quoting Karl Julius Schröer)

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EDUCATION AND CHILD DEVELOPMENTspacerOTHER AUTHORS

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ADVENTURES IN STEINER EDUCATION

An Introduction to the Waldorf Approach

Brien Masters

An internationally acknowledged authority in Steiner education, Brien Masters has worked for decades as teacher (both State and Waldorf), 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.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO STEINER EDUCATION

The Waldorf School

Francis Edmunds

'To educate youth ... is to ennoble the mind, to fire the imagination, to fortify the will and to quicken initiative for life.' So writes Francis Edmunds in this inspiring, authoritative and popular introduction to Steiner (Waldorf) Education.

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AUTHENTIC PARENTING

A Four-Temperaments Guide to Your Child and Yourself

Bari Borsky

Judith Haney

Are you finding it difficult to understand your child? Do you feel frustrated because you often end up in an argument but not sure about how you got there? Authentic Parenting can help.

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BIOGRAPHY AND WALDORF EDUCATION

Willi Aeppli

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CHILDHOOD

A Study of the Growing Child

Caroline von Heydebrand

Caroline von Heydebrand, a teacher in the first Waldorf school, traces human development through childhood. She describes the spirit and soul as the child incarnates and how the individual comes to expression in various ways, including the particular temperament; the unique formative forces that give shape to the physical body; the development of consciousness; natural transitions in the child's life; and the child's destiny and relationship to the world.

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THE DEVELOPING CHILD

Sense and Nonsense in Education

Willi Aeppli

This experienced Waldorf teacher allows us to enter his classroom and gain insights that serve as valuable guides for both parents and educators. Aeppli also presents a challenge to teachers: penetrate the subject, grasp its essence, transform it artistically, and present it to the children in a way that fits their evolving inner orientation. This fresh approach is not just another theory about good education. Aeppli writes out of practical experience with the intention of sending young adults into the world who can stand on their own two feet and accept responsibility for their own actions.

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EDUCATION IN SEARCH OF THE SPIRIT

Essays in American Education

John Fentress Gardner

Previously published as The Experience of Knowledge, this is a classic study of Waldorf education in the context of American culture.

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ENCOUNTERING THE SELF

Transformation and Destiny in the Ninth Year

Hermann Koepke

A lucid explanation of events in the life of a child between the ninth and tenth year, a time when the ego incarnates more deeply.

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THE ESSENCE OF WALDORF EDUCATION

Peter Selg

"It is a simple but essential principle: education aims at the future, at a time that we as educators do not yet know and cannot foresee. The challenges that will confront the children in the future are not those of the past - of our past, of our life story and our horizon. Times change, so do the realities of life, and in our times they change quickly and dramatically. Education aims at the future and that puts us as educators in a difficult situation: this future is not - or is only to an extent - identical with our past, with our life experiences. My youth, your youth: they are not identical with the adolescent constitution and life reality toward which we currently have to direct our educational efforts. Yet educate we must, and educating means preparing for a future." - Peter Selg (from the book)

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A GRAND METAMORPHOSIS

Contributions to the Spiritual-Scientific Anthropology and Education of Adolescents

Peter Selg

"A tumultuous situation arises in the relationship between the adolescent...and the world. This tumultuous situation is necessary, and as teachers, we need to have it in mind during the years leading up to it. Overly sensitive teachers might get the idea that it would be better to spare young people this upheaval. However, in so doing, they would make themselves the worst enemy of youth." - Rudolf Steiner.

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HEAVEN ON EARTH

A Handbook for Parents of Young Children

Sharon Oppenheimer

Photography by Stephanie Gross

As we witness the shifting of old forms that once stood as the foundation of our daily lives, parents - who must prepare the next generation to meet this changing world - have more questions now than ever before. Although our culture and the nature of the family may be changing, the atmosphere in the home continues to create the foundation of a child's life. In Heaven on Earth, parent and educator Sharifa Oppenheimer reveals how to make the home environment warm, lively, loving, and consistent with your highest ideals.

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I AM DIFFERENT FROM YOU

How Children Experience Themselves and the World in the Middle of Childhood

Peter Selg

In many of his lectures to teachers on education, Rudolf Steiner called attention to a significant but often overlooked change in the way children experience themselves and the world that occurs in the middle of childhood, in the ninth or tenth year. "There comes a time when children show, not in what they say but in their whole behaviour, that they are struggling with a question or a number of questions that indicates a crisis in their soul life. It is a very subtle experience for the child that requires an equally subtle response."

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MILLENNIAL CHILD

Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century

Eugene Schwartz

Today’s children are like an endangered species. Many have lost their childhood and have been prematurely thrust into the confusing and chaotic world of the adults. Schwartz points to the radically new paradigm of childhood development offered by Waldorf education. Parents, teachers and child psychologists will find here a wealth of insight concerning educational questions.

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THE MOTHERLY AND FATHERLY ROLES IN EDUCATION

Erich Gabert

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ON THE THRESHOLD OF ADOLESCENCE

The Struggle for Independence in the Twelfth Year

Hermann Koepke

This book tells the story of how Suzanne, a young Waldorf teacher, struggles with the changes her class is going through. The problems she and parents must deal with are familiar to all parents - drug use, smoking, lack of responsiveness, rebelliousness, and moodiness.

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SCHOOL AS A JOURNEY

The Eight-Year Odyssey of a Waldorf Teacher and His Class

Torin M. Finser

A lively, colourful, absorbing account of one Waldorf teacher's journey with his class through the curriculum from first through eighth grades. A moving story, told in a straightforward, anecdotal, humorous style, it is an excellent introduction to what goes on inside the classroom of a Waldorf school.

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SCHOOL RENEWAL

A Spiritual Journey for Change

Torin M. Finser

In today's educational crisis, many people are coming to realize that there is far more to a school than imparting knowledge and skills and administering tests. Schools are communities, and like all communities, they can be healthy or unhealthy. School Renewal speaks to the problems and challenges of developing healthy schools. Using mythology, personal experience, and his research, Torin Finser describes how teachers and parents can handle such common problems as burnout, organizational stress, interpersonal conflict, and change.

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A SECOND CLASSROOM

Parent-Teacher Relationships in a Waldorf School

Torin M. Finser

What does a healthy, successful school look like? Is it all about measurable outcomes, test scores, and pass/fail grades set by the government? Can learning be quantified in short-term measurements or does real learning take years to manifest in a career or biography. All seem to agree that a healthy school is also a community and that community depends on the quality of relationships—chiefly the relationships among students, teachers, and parents.

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SILENCE IS COMPLICITY

A Call to Let Teachers Improve Our Schools through Action Research - Not NCLB (No Child Left Behind)

Torin M. Finser, Ph.D.

What if the voices of our teachers were truly heard in today's public discourse? Teachers work with children everyday and have always understood intuitively the materials and curriculum needed. Teacher research, however, allows teachers to go beyond intuitive understanding to a level of documented inquiry that can stand the light public scrutiny in publications, news media, workshops, and town meetings.

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THE SPIRITUAL BASIS OF STEINER EDUCATION

The Waldorf School Approach

Roy Wilkinson

In this clear and concise work Roy Wilkinson gives an overview of Steiner education and its spiritual background, showing how the development of the whole human being is its aim, rather than simply the dispensing of knowledge. He demonstrates how the inner needs of the child can be nourished through a choice of subjects and a method of presentation which accords with the objective developmental stages of the human being.

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STEINER EDUCATION AND SOCIAL ISSUES

How Waldorf schooling addresses the problems of society

Brien Masters

Is the philosophy by which we choose to educate our children responsible, at least partially, for the attitudes and general tone of our societies? A recent Unicef report on wealthy countries ranked the United States and the United Kingdom at the bottom of a table that measured quality of life for young people across a wide range of headings, including poverty, health, drugs, friendships and happiness. Experts observed that the nations that performed best in the survey have created 'child-friendly' societies in which, for example, young people are not pressured to achieve academically until their teens.

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TEACHER, CHILD AND WALDORF EDUCATION

Willi Aeppli

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TEACHING AS A LIVELY ART

Marjorie Spock

The author, an experienced Waldorf teacher and eurythmist, radiates her enthusiasm and sense for beauty as she takes us through the various stages of development of the child. She shows us that nothing can be taught to the child until he or she is ready to receive it. This book will help us approach the child with sensitivity and insight.

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THE THERAPEUTIC EYE

How Rudolf Steiner Observed Children

Peter Selg

Rudolf Steiner's extraordinary ability to perceive the inner nature and development of children provided insights at many levels and areas of the creative learning process. He spoke of this ability as a precondition for all forms of healthy childhood education - including special education - and suggested that teachers should develop such a capacity within themselves.

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TRANSFORMATIONAL TEACHING

Waldorf-Inspired Methods in the Public School

Mary Goral

Mary Goral explores ways that Waldorf principles can be applied in public schools to educate children for life rather than simply to meet the demands of rigid, one-size-fits-all programmes. She points out ways that Waldorf methods require teachers and parents to engage more fully with students, to practice ways of self-development, and to build a greater sense of community. Using the concrete example of the 'Waldorf-inspired Cadre' - a group of state-school teachers 'who have agreed to go on such a journey, take risks, and learn new skills along with their students' - Dr Goral shows how teachers can bring many of the benefits of Waldorf education into the public setting, with remarkable results.

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UNDER THE SKY

Playing, Working and Enjoying Adventures in the Open Air

A Handbook for Parents, Carers and Teachers

Sally Schweizer

'An uplifting philosophy on childhood and life, and an absolute treasure trove of information for anyone who believes nature and childhood are perfect companions. Sally Schweizer manages to combine magic with common sense in this wonderful book, which is authentic from cover to cover. What she writes with such lively enthusiasm, she has also lived.' - Sally Jenkinson, author of The Genius of Play

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UNDERSTANDING CHILDREN'S DRAWINGS

Tracing the Path of Incarnation

Michaela Strauss

It is not uncommon for the drawings of our little ones to end up in the wastepaper basket. Yet these early artistic expressions contain important statements about children's development. From the first scratches and scribbles up to the detailed sketches of houses and people, children's drawings are significant manifestations of inner processes, and indications of the gradual incarnation into a physical body.

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WALDORF KINDERGARTEN SNACK BOOK

Lisa Hildreth

Illustrated by Jo Valens

Here is a useful compendium of information, recipes, and anecdotes from Waldorf kindergarten teacher Lisa Hildreth - a rich book for teachers, parents, and anyone who cares for young children.

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THE WALDORF SCHOOL APPROACH TO HISTORY

Werner Glas

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THE WAY OF A CHILD

An Introduction to Steiner Education and the Basics of Child Development

A.C. Harwood

Pressured by exams and premature academic demands, surrounded by screens and technology, children today face huge challenges. Childhood itself, it could be said, is facing a crisis. Are children in danger of losing their natural imaginative faculties, which are the source of all creative activity in later life? As a society, are we in danger of losing childhood altogether?

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WELL, I WONDER

Childhood in the Modern World

A Handbook for Parents, Teachers and Carers

Sally Schweizer

'Have we come to misunderstand children? Have we forgotten that children's consciousness, their minds, are intrinsically different from ours? And is that why we are trying to train them to become 'adult', rather than realizing we need to relearn our way of thinking in order to understand children?'

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WHAT IS A WALDORF KINDERGARTEN?

Sharifa Oppenheimer

Here is the perfect companion to Sharifa Oppenheimer's Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children, which answers the initial and most pressing questions of new parents of young children. Inevitably, a big decision arises: How and where should my child be educated?

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YOUR REINCARNATING CHILD

Welcoming a Soul to the World

Dr Gilbert Childs and Sylvia Childs

The primary contention of this book is that, as a spiritual being, each of us lives beyond death, and eventually returns to earth in a new human body. With this knowledge in mind, the authors give much sound practical advice as to how parents, and others who spend time with children, can welcome a soul to the world and help it grow into a healthy and responsible human being.

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