Library Lady's Corner
We used to host a once-a-year “Damaged Book Sale,” but now we have added an ongoing section to our web site, that you can check out at any time.
Most books are only mildly out of kilter: a bent corner, a ruffled page or three, a spine with a dent, or a mark that ought not to be there. Occasionally a book is the previous edition or binding. They are, in other words, A GREAT DEAL.
New Release Book Review: Tending the Spark April 04 2019Tending the Spark: Lighting the Future for Middle School Students is Betty Staley’s latest contribution to better understanding child development to better educate the child. This is a book every parent and teacher of eleven to fifteen-year-olds must read! Tending the Spark covers a multiplicity of topics related to raising and teaching middle-schoolers. Everything from physical development, brain development, peer pressure, social media, and creativity are covered in this thorough sweep through middle school changes and realities.
We asked Fred Amrine, author of the newest release from Waldorf Publications, Kicking Away the Ladder, the Philosophical Roots of Waldorf Education, why he wrote his book and why its content is so important.
Fred Amrine: It’s very important for people to understand the roots of Waldorf education in German idealism. German idealism was, in fact, Steiner’s first choice as a vehicle and a language in which to put forth Anthroposophy. For a variety of reasons, this didn’t work out....
New Release Book Review: Kicking Away the Ladder March 12 2019
It’s important to investigate the philosophical underpinnings of something as influential as the educational approach for our children. Clues about the image of human development, respect for life on earth, and the reasons for different methods used can be more deeply understood by comprehending the founding principles of educational philosophy.
In addition, following the lines of philosophical thought trains our own thinking and promotes clarity; qualities our children are inevitably going to imitate. Since the crown jewel of all education is thinking (clearly and inventively, lately called “executive function,” or “critical thinking”),
Valentine’s Day! February 13 2019This day, so important to children and our culture, holds the potential for unlocking deep feelings of love one human being holds for another. Teaching kindergarten and children in grades one through five, illuminates how important the young feel it is to let family, teachers, and friends know how much they are loved. These are lessons from the...
Book Review: Music from Around the World for Recorder December 17 2018Music from Around the World for Recorder, edition II, by Michael Preston, is a robust collection of wonderful tunes and arrangements representing cultures of the world, designed and composed for three recorders — soprano, alto, and tenor.
Michael Preston’s book has in it all that is needed to envelop youngsters in beautiful harmony. His thoughtful and beautiful arrangements are fashioned to avoid technical difficulties that can be found in some recorder arrangements.
The Rightful Role of Digital Devices at Home and in School December 14 2018As an education for our time, Waldorf pedagogy embraces the contributions of modern science and the technological tools it has developed. Our challenge is to find the appropriate place for these tools within the curriculum and the life of the developing child.
Digital devices––such as computers, tablets, smartphones, and the like––enhance many human cognitive capacities, but they can equally well diminish or even supplant them.
Last minute gift ideas for the book lovers on your list! December 12 2018Last minute gift ideas for the book lovers on your list!
The Second Week of Advent for Children December 11 2018The first week of the four leading to Christmas or Solstice is devoted to Minerals. The second week is devoted to plants. All the sleeping plants beneath the earth’s surface have the chance to rest, waiting for the time when warmth and light and our yearning call them up to grow again.
These hectic days are often filled with purchases and preparation for the festivals celebrated in December. Weather can add to the increased number of tasks to accomplish and adds time to travel. Everyone tends to be busy and finding spaces in which to contemplate, consider, and appreciate the season is necessary. These darker days invite us to draw inward and yet the hustle and bustle works strongly against this.
First nights of Chanukah, beginning of Advent December 07 2018
It’s all about the coming of Light out of darkness!
It’s the beginning of what Christians call “Advent,” and what, in the Hebrew tradition, is called “Chanukah.”
The Maccabees were a rebellious renegade band against the tyrant, Antiochus, who had taken over Jerusalem, defiling the Jewish temple with its the sacred Torah, and snuffing the Eternal Flame. With guerilla-styled warfare, a very few reclaimed the Holy City with Judah Maccabee as the band’s leader. This was in a time shortly before the turning point of time in the Roman era.
Shop Our Huge Holiday Sale! December 03 2018
Save up to 40% on all books! Great titles for teachers, parents, and children!
Hurry, sale ends Sunday, December 9, 2018.
Buy Nothing Day 2018 November 23 2018
Here at Waldorf Publications we have established an annual event on the day after Thanksgiving: a day in which we enjoy the warmth of the day-after-Thanksgiving with family and friends. We invite you to join us and buy nothing. To balance the energy pushed upon us by the commercial world and simply “Buy Nothing” we can all take a day to breathe out and prepare for the coming winter. We invite you to join us in this by being creative if you feel so drawn.
“Buy Nothing Day” was established in 2013 and this marks our sixth annual “Buy Nothing Day.”
This year, our inventive Library Lady has identified the making of a paper star Advent mobile and various gnomes and elves as the crafts of the day. She is sending you the light of the heavens on the stepping-stone path to the re-awakening of the Sun as it turns towards increasing light at Solstice, Chanukah, and Christmas. Light up your home with candlelight until the time of increasing sunlight returns!
Waldorf Publications, the Library Lady, and the whole staff wish you and your friends and families a celebratory Thanksgiving, and a peaceful and creative day after!
The grace that we can sing says it all:
For food in a world where many walk in hunger;
For love in a world where many walk in fear;
For friends in a world where many walk alone,
We give the humble thanks, Oh Lord!
Save your Child's Brain Part III: The Electronic Fast: Pressing the Brain's Reset Button September 08 20183 Week Plan: Ingredients for Success
This is modified from my course and is what I practice with my private patients. The plan essentially involves a month's time, from preparation to completing the fast. The plan itself is simple, but the actual implementation of it in today's world can be difficult.
Putting the plan into action requires:
- an understanding of the nature and severity of the toxicity;
- the ability to effectively communicate that toxicity to others;
- motivation and discipline;
- a little creativity;
- a lot of support!
Save your Child's Brain Part II: Real Life Scenarios, and the Benefits of Removing Video Games September 04 2018
Save Your Child’s Brain Part II
Real Life Scenarios, and the Benefits of Removing Video Games
What real-life problems might video games cause?
Nathan is an 11-year-old boy with no history of any behavior problems until he started 5th grade. That year, his grades fell, he became extremely angry, and he couldn't focus on anything for more than a few seconds. His mother reported him becoming increasingly isolated and losing interest in all other activities, including things he used to love.
Save Your Child's Brain Part I: The Toxic Effects of Video Games and other Electronic Screens August 30 2018
We are fortunate to have as a guest blogger, Victoria Dunckley, MD, who has done ground-breaking work on helping families in de-toxing children, especially sensitive ones, from technological overstimulation. Author of the book “Reset Your Childs’ Brain, A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time, “she has identified the formal diagnosis “Effects of Electronic Screen Time,” or EEST. She has developed a four-part mini-course for parents and teachers entitled, “Save Your Child’s Brain.”. We will post all four parts on our blog, with thanks to Dr. Dunckley.
Save Your Child’s Brain Part I:
The Toxic Effects of Video Games and other Electronic Screens
The Agony and Confusion of “What’s Wrong with my Child?”
Many parents come to me and ask: Is this normal? Is my child misdiagnosed? Who do I believe when professionals are giving me different answers? Is there something in my child's environment I can change before resorting to psychotropic medication?
Book Review: Matt McFlack and His Flyaway Kite July 26 2018Here comes a darling children’s book about a little fellow who spends his wealth on a kite, blue yellow, and white. Through rhythmic verses, the story is told of Matt’s difficulties with a kite that demonstrates it has a personality of its own and takes train rides, wind rides, and long sails away from his little friend.
The illustrations are beautifully rendered with colors that express the friendship of the kite and the boy very well.
If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On! June 28 2018
Give me Excess of it. . .
Music is the Heart of the Waldorf Curriculum!
All human beings are made from music, and all children sing through their early childhood years. The Waldorf curriculum is laced with music — singing, recorder playing, orchestral instrument playing and Choral work. Not a grade goes by in which these skills are not made stronger, fresher, and more artistic.
Waldorf Publications has an extraordinary array of books to help teachers find good songs, play instruments themselves and bring the glory of music to lighten their classes.
Summer Reading for Kids, Parents, and Teachers May 27 2018
What would summer be without summer reading?
In our round-the-clock and round-the-world work life, following the technological transformation of the last couple of decades, it is easy never to stop working. We are passing this habit on to our children with online homework assignments and online summertime assignments from school. This online access to each other anytime, day or night, could be described as hijacking our free time. In the spirit of Waldorf education, which we call an “education toward freedom,” it becomes increasingly important to protect free time for ourselves and our children.
Book Review: The Four Temperaments May 23 2018Helmut Eller’s new book, The Four Temperaments gives us a fresh new look at the four temperaments — sanguines, melancholics, cholerics, and phlegmatics. Eller goes into great depth in examining all the implications of the tendencies in youngsters (and in people) of one temperament or another, giving teachers and parents powerful means with which to reach children and to help them to find their way as they grow.
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