Movement Journeys and Circle Adventures, Volume 2
Therapeutic Support for Early Childhood, Volume 2
Nancy Blanning and Laurie Clark
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Another great volume from long-time Waldorf teachers and theraputic educators Nancy Blanning and Laurie Clark! Volume Two is a collection of all new songs and movement activities for young children designed to help develop healthy senses. Also included are the essays on the senses and sensory development from Volume One.
The book begins with an essay from the authors on the changes they have observed in children in recent years:
We observe that children are having difficulty finding their way into physical life in a harmonious way, into a sense of well-being. The body is not a comfortable home where they can feel relaxed and safe. A close look at these phenomena reveals that they are related to the four foundational senses of touch, life, self-movement, and balance.
Complete with nursery rhyme movement, bean bag games, seasonal suggestions, how to prepare the environment and what is happening "under the surface" with movements and activities, this book is a must-have resource for anyone working with younger children.
8 1/2" x 11", 2016.
Leaving Room for the Angels
Eurythmy and the Art of Teaching
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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.
Movement for the Young Child
A Handbook for Eurythmists and Kindergarten Teachers
Formerly titled: Eurythmy for the Young Child
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Eurythmy for the Young Child is a stunning collection of stories, songs and poems that will serve your children equally well as the basis for eurythmy, storytime, circle time or simple, delightful interludes throughout the day.
Estelle Bryer has had 45 years experience working with kindergarten children as teacher, adviser, puppeteer and eurythmy therapist but specializing as kindergarten eurythmist. The all-encompassing contents are a culmination of her work. The delightful lessons are suitable for circle time or eurythmy lessons (ages 3-8years), and are complete in themselves. They cover the seasons, festivals and stories such as the Turnip or Golden Goose and more, and include written music. They have separate suggestions for use by the kindergarten or eurythmy teacher.
There are also helpful suggestions and instructions for the kindergarten teacher or eurythmist in handling problems, creating moods and using descriptive gestures or vowels and consonants. The importance of eurythmy and the why and how it effects the development of the young child is clearly gone into as well as all the vital elements used for healthy growth. The stories, songs and poems are highly imaginative and fun!
This is another wonderful contribution by our friends at WECAN.
A Creative Forece in Humanity
Experiences from Pedagogical Practice
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Sylvia Bardt has created a thorough overview of the why's, wherefore's and content of pedagogical Eurythmy as taught in Waldorf schools.
Her particular instructions are intended for Eurythmy teachers and will probably not mean all that much to those of us who are untrained. However, the love the author holds for her art and the children in her care shines through and informs all of us in so very many ways. Her accounts are insightful and warm - anyone wanting to gain an better understanding of what lies within the intent of pedagogical Eurythmy will be well met by this book.
Eurythmy for the Elementary Grades
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For eurythmy teachers, class teachers, and parents wanting to further their understanding of the development of eurythmy through the elementary years. There are diagrams, poems, and instructions for each grade level.
However, I feel I should add that if you know nothing of eurythmy, this book will not enable you to conduct eurythmy with students. It will further your understanding enormously, but it presupposes a significant level of training to be able to implement the exercises and performances suggested.
Come Unto These Yellow Sands
Eurythmy, Movement and Classroom Experience
Molly von Heider
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This book is one of those real gems that was available when my own children were young (I still have my well-worn copy), then went out of print and now is available again. I feel enormous gratitude to the publisher that this delicious collection of songs, poems, games and master-teacher suggestions and thoughts is once again available.
There are so many ways to use this book - if you are a parent, the rhymes and songs will gladden your children's days (and yours!); if you are a class teacher, there is a wealth of group games, songs to sing and poems to recite; if you are a eurythmist or movement specialist, you'll find each of the songs or poems suggests its own special movement and von Heider's comments and suggestions will inspire your own creative insights.
I personally used this book both as a source book for the delight of my children and also when when I was working with special needs children to devise ways to help them connect more fully to the world through movement. I found it an inexhaustible treasure trove, one which I now recommend without reservation.
Allegro! Music for Eurythmy
Music for the Eurythmy Curriculum
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This is a wonderful collection of music for eurythmy classes from kindergarten through high school. The selections are beautiful!
The Physiology of Eurythmy Therapy
Hans-Broder von Laue and Elke E von Laue
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Eurythmy is a modern art of movement, and eurythmists work in the areas of art, healing, and education. The benefits as a healing social art are well known for both children and adults.
Rudolf Steiner gave a course on eurythmy therapy in which he described the process of “re-enlivening the whole physiology.” The authors of this book have researched eurythmy therapy for many years and The Physiology of Eurythmy Therapy is a comprehensive overview of their work. As such, it is also the clearest, most thorough explanation available in English as to the nature of the transformation of sound into eurythmy gestures and the effects of those gestures on the human body and soul. For practicing eurythmists and anyone who would like to explore and understand the profound healing potential of eurythmy as therapy.
Dance as Movement History
Spacial Dynamics of Social Dance for the High School
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One of a series of research papers, Dance as Movement History offers both a spiritual/historical consideration of dance as well as a cogent discussion of the place of dance as part of the curriculum of a Waldorf high school.
Movement Journeys and Circle Adventures
Movement Enrichment with a Therapeutic Approach for Early Childhood
Nancy Blanning and Laurie Clark
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What a joy! Here is an entire book filled not just with charming circle games and songs for the kindergarten, but with charming games and songs that have been created to help our young children find their way into their bodies and souls. In more prosaic language, these games and movement songs address the spatial integration and sensory processing development issues that it seems more and more children are struggling with.
However you think about it, this is a book of genius and a gift to young children. The games are delightful - teachers and parents will have as much fun as the children. And, they are brilliantly thought out to include movement forms that will bring the children into the world with strength and balance.
This is a truly essential resource of the caliber of AHE's Resource Teacher's Developmental Exercise Manual. Use it. Love it.
Touch the Earth Gently
Games and Sports - Class 1 to 12
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A great collection of games and movement activities for Waldorf physical education through all 12 grades. Contents: the class trip, family and fun, games and sport, elementary games, water games, facilities, ball games, 7 movements, children's gymnastics, 4 temperaments, bush games, field games, indoor games, equipment games, high school sports, sport physiology, scuba diving, martial arts, sport's a joke!, fishing? clean-up, Australia, hunting?!, dancing, Steiner as sportsperson
Games Children Play
How games and sport help children develop
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This is an exciting collection of games and activities for children from preschool through the teenage years. Interspersed with over 200 games, organized by age group, are articles and commentary on the benefits of the various activities for healthy development, and suggestions as to how to help children overcome challenges of coordination and strength. This is a great book for teachers, parents, coaches, and anyone interested in the relationship between physical and personal development. Kim Brooking-Payne is to be congratulated for his truly excellent work.