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Michael Howard

Paperback

$18.00

Back in stock!! This newly reprinted edition has the same content as the original, but in a smaller, more manageable size.

Michael Howard penetrates the depth of Waldorf education’s unique process of educating the “will” in children. One of the most useful and fascinating aspects of his book is his thought-filled journey into the qualities and training of the “thinking-will” the “feeling will,” and the “comprehensive or common will.” His identification of different sculpture exercises as having to do with a particular type of will training opened doors of understanding for me, and I suspect will do the same for most readers. His final chapter offering practical exercises for application along with photo examples of projects is an added – and exciting – bonus. The projects include: indoor sandbox, form modeling, seed drawing, sand modeling, modeling human and animal forms, stone carving, wooden spoons and bowls, and platonic solids.

This is a masterful and highly practical exploration of what it means to educate the will, and of the qualities of will teachers and parents can help their children develop with sculptural activities. My hat is off to both author and publisher for producing such a useful book!

Sarah Orne Jewett

Softbound

Illustrated with gentle pencil drawings throughout by Douglas Alvord

$20.00

This is one of the finest “young adult” books ever written! First published in 1896, The Country of the Pointed Firs was considered by Willa Cather to be one of the three novels most likely to achieve a permanent place in the canon of American literature: “I can think of no others that confront time and change so serenely… The young student of American literature in far distant years to come will take up this book and say ‘a masterpiece!'” Long neglected and even ignored by criticism, this enduring classic by Sarah Orne Jewett now appears in a format worthy of its contents.

Set in the small coastal town of South Berwick, Maine, this is as much a series of small, intimate sketches as a sustained narrative. As F. O. Matthiessen pointed out, “in these loosely connected sketches, she has acquired a structure independent of plot. Her scaffolding is simply the unity of her vision.” Her vision was of a gentle and generous people on a rugged and dangerous coast, of New England character and “characters” limned in colors of high summer and blue skies. Here, too, you will meet the people of Dunnet’s landing; the women, who are probably the most unforgettable characters of her book; and Elijah Tilley (among the very few men in Jewett’s cast) who, after the death of his wife, learns the skills of husband and wife, of farm and sea.

The black-and-white pencil drawings by Douglas Alvord are nothing short of spectacular. Closely observed and carefully rendered, they possess all of the haunting serenity of Jewett’s landscapes. Faithfully reproduced and printed to the highest standards, this is destined to become a standard gift and reading book for everyone fascinated by New England, the rich history of its rockbound coast, and this magical author.

Eric Sloane

Softbound

Line-drawing illustrations by the author throughout

$14.95

Weather Almanac is a wonderful resource for those teaching the Meteorology block in the Waldorf curriculum (about Grade 6) or for eager students studying the same block.  It’s also a delightful book just to keep around and pick up from time to time — there’s always something more to be learned, and no end of interesting things to discover.

In addition to being an artist and folklorist, Eric Sloane was TV’s first weatherman and an author whose books offer a rich combination of history, lore, and practical information.  Weather Almanac combines Eric Sloane’s Almanac and Weather Forecaster with Folklore of American Weather into a single volume filled with fascinating forecasting tips based on wind, clouds, the moon, and other natural phenomena.  Sloane relates each month of the year to typical weather conditions, highlighting his observations with 135 nostalgic drawings.

The Art and Craft of Stage Design

Roswitha Spence

Softbound

$18.00

Roswitha Spence has for years produced plays, their stages and costumes at Emerson College in England.  Clearly, she is a master at taking simple materials and transforming them easily into everything needed to powerfully, gracefully and beautifully present a story on stage.  In this book, she shares the details of her art and allows us to learn at her feet the ways of stagecraft and simple beauty.

Anyone who works with the theater, whether with adults or children, will love diving into this book and emerging with new and exhilarating ideas and techniques.  Whether you want to envision a staging layout, a puppet theater, costumes for a class play, or a simple enactment to be portrayed by a mixed group of homeschoolers, this book will guide you.  It is clearly explained, profusely illustrated with photos and drawings, and, quite simple, a joy.

John Blackwood

Softbound

$29.95

Mathematics in Nature, Space and Time brings teachers (and thereby students) lesson after lesson from the Grade 7  Waldorf mathematics curriculum: a tour de force review of geometric construction, from perpendicular angles to generalized spiroids; the harmonies and proportions of nature (spirals, Fibonnaci sequences, Golden angles, more); the nature of numbers themselves (numeric representation, binary numbers, units of measure, set theory, the magic of Pythagoras’ Theorem and Bhaskara’s demonstration).

What makes Blackwood’s guide so outstanding is that in addition to really clear and easy-to-follow explanations of every single thing to be covered in these lesson blocks, practically every page has one or more main lesson page, colored drawing, or photograph that will inspire the master teacher and leave a clear, richly laden path for the new teacher.

John Blackwood then takes on the 8th grade Waldorf mathematics curriculum and guides us through an exploration of the Platonic Solids with mathematical precision and an artist’s eye for color and form. It is heart-stoppingly wonderful to see and read his exposition of these forms — I’m quite sure Plato must be smiling.

He then completes the block with lessons on Rhythms and Cycles that brings alive the relationships of both space and time. You’ll love it. More importantly, so will your student(s). Blackwood’s work is one of the most valuable contributions to the teaching of the Waldorf curriculum to have ever been published.

This book is a new combination edition that replaces both Mathematics Around Us and Mathematics in Space and Time.

A Native American Legend

Tehanetorens

Softbound

$5.95

Sacred Songs of the Hermit Thrush

Long ago, the Birds had no songs.
Only Man could sing, and every morning,
Man would greet the rising Sun with a song.

This is a Native legend that tells the story of how the birds were given song, and most especially how it came about that the Hermit Thrush was given the loveliest song of all.  It is so beautifully retold that you can almost hear the voice of the storyteller as you read the words.  The line drawings are heartfelt and exquisite.

As if this were not enough to recommend it, this little booklet is simply perfect for the Waldorf 4th Grade biology block, and in the US, also the section of the geography block that concerns Native culture.  In addition to its very beautiful legend, there is a chapter at the end on “The Natural History of the Hermit Thrush” that paints a wonderful picture of the life and ways of this little bird, along with its basic biology and nature.  The legend and this addtional information combine to make a meaningful and vibrant introduction to the nature of birds and life itself.

Farther back in the book is a listing of the seasonal ceremonies of the Mohawk people, which could easily form the basis for conveying the Native cultural impulse to 4th graders as part of their geography block and throughout the year.

Sacred Song of the Hermit Thrush is a gem that can resonnate in every child’s heart, with or without Waldorf education.  The fact it fits perfectly within the Waldorf curriculum simply echoes the beauty of the human heart through the world.  I can’t tell you how much I hope that many, many children will be able to hear and learn this story, and how much I hope it inspires many, many adults to offer it to the coming generations.

 

Armstrong Sperry

The gripping and authentic yarn of a race 'round the Horn onboard the greatest clipper ever built - The Flying Cloud

$14.95

This would also be a great accompanying novel for the Waldorf history block covering the industrial revolution, ages 12-13.

If ever there was a story of adventure on the high seas that we would want to share with the young people around us, this is it. The subtitle is as accurate as they come — the adventure captures our imagination and holds it fast; the descriptions of sailing aboard a clipper ship are so accurate your young reader will be qualified to sign on as a deck hand before the story ends.

Sperry takes us back to the days when Clipper Ships transformed the world with their amazing speed (only 90 days to sail around the whole world!) and the race against time was a race toward a new modern world.

Here is the story of Enoch Thacher, a boy whose father lost his fortune at sea, goes to work for Donald McKay (who really existed and built an entire line of great clippers). McKay takes him on during the lofting, building, and rigging of the The Flying Cloud. Enoch finally ships out on her for her maiden, record-breaking trip around the Horn. Sperry’s vigorous drawings are the perfect accompaniment to this realistic, riveting narrative of iron men and wooden ships. Even landlubbers will be pegged to their seats as they read.

The Imaginative Treatment of Geometry in Waldorf Education

A. Renwick Sheen, Ms.C. (Tech.)

edited by David Mitchell Newly revised edition

Softbound

$24.00

Geometry was my favorite of all math subjects – in large part because I was taught through drawing and proofs, not through the formulaic method that seems to be so popular right now. Mr. Sheen bases his exploration of geometry on the tenet that experience through drawing is of great value to a student, and I couldn’t agree more. His method of presentation is concerned with experience through drawing, which leads to a stimulation of the child’s imagination and understanding of logical relationships. This book is particularly valuable for teachers of grades 6-8 and is richly illustrated. New revised edition.

Jamie York

Softbound - 189 pages

$26.95

New in Third Edition: Reworking of 7th grade percents unit, major reworking of 7th grade ratios unit. Two new sections for 8th grade, calculating the Area of Four Types of Triangle, calculating the area of a Cone and Pyramid and much more!

In addition to the original text (see original review below), Jamie York has made the following additions to this 2nd edition of Making Math Meaningful:

  • A section on Simple Interest (6th grade Business Math).
  • A wonderful drawing exercise titled The Metamorphosis of a Limaçon (6th grade Geometry).
  • A section on The Ratio in a Square, which discusses the “great Pythagorean mystery” (7th grade Ratios).
  • A section on The Four Ways of Expressing pi as a Ratio (7th grade Irrational Numbers).
  • A reworking of the section on The Square Root Algorithm (7th grade Irrational Numbers).
  • Formulas showing how Pythagoras and the Arabs calculated Pythagorean Triples (7th grade Geometry).
  • Heron’s Formula for the Area of a Circle (8th grade Arithmetic).
  • A new table in the appendix listing the Prime Numbers up to 2000.
  • An entirely new appendix, titled Ideas for Fifth Grade, which includes: Square and Triangular Numbers; Perfect, Abundant and Deficient Numbers; Making a Right Angle with a Rope; The Unitary Method; The Sum of Two Prime Numbers; Sums and Differences of Square Numbers, and more.

Original review: York’s original goal in writing this was primarily to create a math curriculum guide for his fellow Waldorf teachers. However, his results go far beyond Waldorf schools – public school teachers, homeschoolers and parents which to help their children will also find that the thorough clarity of this book can set them and their children free in the world of numbers.

This is the math book we’ve been waiting for – a curriculum guide that is thorough, expert, accessible even to those of us who are “math challenged”, interesting and inspiring even to those who are mathematically expert – and best of all, covers the grade levels making the transition from the four processes to higher mathematics – grades 6, 7 and 8.

Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Jamie York’s thoughts on teaching math – based on his experience as a Waldorf math teacher and his training in mathematics, this is must-read material for anyone interested in or responsible for teaching mathematics to pre-teens. He discusses all aspects of mathematics that apply to grades 6, 7 and 8 as well as giving tips on using the book, discerning what must be taught from among all the things that could be taught, and (I love this!) planning the math block!
  • A summary of all math topics covered, including the mathematical skills that must have been reached in grade 5 in order to proceed with the middle school curriculum.
  • Sixth grade arithematic and geometry; 7th grade arithmetic, geometry and algebra; 8th grade arithmetic, geometry, algebra and computers
  • All subject matter in this curriculum is presented in an accessible, step-by-step way that teaches as it explains, allowing the weak math teacher to struggle (successfully!) with the concepts and really learn them before stepping into the classroom.
  • Appendices with classic problems, resources and in-depth explanations.

This book is an outstanding addition to the world of education! Recommended without reservation!!!!

Richard Mabey

$22.00

The New Age Herbalist is an outstanding, comprehensive guide to the healing properties of plants and the ways our bodies respond to them. It is filled with photographs, drawings, clear descriptions of over 200 plants and their uses, introductory human physiology. The New Age Herbalist goes beyond the medicinal uses of plants by offering thorough information about the culinary and cosmetic uses and a guide to gardening and cultivation. Highly recommended as an introduction or reference.

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