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Recent Resources and Publications

Speech Development in the Digital Age: Hidden Treasures of the Spoken Word

Rainer Patzlaff

A new translation of Rainer Patzlaff’s work on speech development in children and the first of 2 booklets in the Right to Childhood series, Speech Development in the Digital Age reports on the decline of speech and language development and the escalation of speech disorders over the last several decades. Patzlaff presents data and thoughtful perspective on how we, as parents and caregivers, can downplay the influences of our digital devices and awaken our children to the treasures of the spoken word. Translated from the German by Margot Saar; originally published in 2023 by the German Waldorf Kindergarten Association.

$9 individual copy, $35 bundle of 5, 32 pages | Details & Purchase


Gnomes and Giants, Pixies and Elves

Wilma Ellersiek

With these delightful games, Wilma Ellersiek invites children into a world inhabited by beings large and small, where the elements of air, water, earth and fire interweave. As we share in their lively movements we are refreshed and enlivened ourselves. This is the English translation of Wilma Ellersiek’s last gesture games book.

$35, perfect-bound, 126 pages | Details & Purchase


Raising Sound Sleepers

Adam Blanning MD

Dr. Adam Blanning offers observations, research, insight, and practical advice for helping children from infants to teenagers learn skills and habits to assist healthy sleep. The discussion ranges from how parents can avoid bedtime meltdowns to the simple, natural steps caregivers can take to help children feel calm and to encourage them to fall asleep more consistently. Detailed insights will help parents and caregivers to support children in using an anthroposophic understanding of the senses—from taste, smell, and touch to balance and movement—to self-soothe, sleep, and ultimately build resilience for life.

$19, perfect-bound, 192 pages | Details & Purchase


Covid-19 Pandemic: Responses and Consequences in Steiner and Waldorf Early Childhood Settings

Dr. Neil Boland

This report on a study commissioned by the International Association of Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE) summarizes the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on those who work in Waldorf early childhood education around the world. It raises questions about well-being, resilience, relationships, and modified practice. We hope it will provide valuable material for study, both individually and in groups.

$15, perfect-bound, 126 pages | Details & Purchase


Toward a Kinder, More Compassionate Society: Working Together Toward Change

Contributions by Meggan Gill, Keelah Helwig, Joaquin Muñoz, and others, edited by Susan Howard

This collection of keynote presentations by Meggan Gill, Keelah Helwig, and Joaquin Muñoz, as well as a wide variety of workshop summaries from the February 2022 online WECAN conference, is a timely and stimulating resource for working on diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in Waldorf early childhood programs and schools.

$19, perfect-bound, 227pages | Details & Purchase


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