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138. Newfangled Fairy Tales book #1 Edited by Bruce Lansky
139. Newfangled Fairy Tales book #2 Edited by Bruce Lansky
Modern re-writes of familiar fairy tales. Really cute. Appropriate for the tween set.

140. Kindergarten Education: Freeing Children's Creative Potential by Betty Peck
This is a definite wow of a book. In depth talk about how to run a Waldorf/Montessori Kindergarten (Yes, the author studied both), but in a voice that feels like Betty is sitting at the kitchen table talking to you. I got LOTS of ideas for the next few years out of this. (I figured I'll be doing Kindergarten for the next 5 years. Just as the girls get done, Gray will start in earnest)

141.Kingdom of Childhood: Introductory Talks on Waldorf Education by Rudolf Steiner
Steiner is hard to read. Usually his lectures are translated from stenographers notes in German. So they come across as somewhat stilted and use archaic/strange phraseology. This lecture series was given in England. He had a translator in the room as he lectured in German. So the notes were taken in English and this book reads easier than most. Lovely. Now. On to the good bits. This is a must read. I wish I had read it a year ago, but I didn't get around to it. Inspiring. LOTS of good information about the why's and the hows.

142. Your Child's Strengths: Discover them, Develop Them, Use Them A Guide for Parents and Teachers by Jenifer Fox
This was really, really good. I had been meditating on Ike. Wondering how I can change my focus from what he does wrong to what he does right...and the next day while perusing the Library stacks, I stumbled onto this book. The first two parts are a lecture on what public and private schools really need to do to evolve into the schools we need today. Basically, changing focus from what's wrong to what's right in the kid. The way school's are set up now is that if a student is falling behind, slower, etc. There's a problem with the kid. Not the school, the curriculum, the teacher, or the method of teaching. The child. And the child has to be fixed rather than the other way around. This book is a call for change. The last part of the book is a workbook for parents, teachers, and older children (9 and above) to start changing the way they think. To start focusing on strengths. As a note that makes me smile is that Waldorf Education is the only model of education that she holds up as already doing a good job of this.

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sapphyres
Aug. 11th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
Are you also getting in some recreational time? It's looking like all workhorse from your entries.
aelfie
Aug. 11th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
The newfangled fairy tales were fun. Short and for kids, but fun. They were books that Powells recommended when I was buying Fairy Tale compendiums.

But, not really. No one has published anything recently...I'm stuck...which reminds me. I need to see if the latest Honor Harrington has be released.
mollygm
Aug. 13th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
She's a bibby - reading IS her recreational time! ;)
aelfie
Aug. 13th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
Too true. Although I'm not getting in any knitting or stitching time. I'm spending all my free time reading. I've got a few more on my to read shelf I want to get to before we head up to Sac.
mollygm
Aug. 13th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. When exactly is that?
aelfie
Aug. 13th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Wednesday.
mollygm
Aug. 13th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
Waldorf and Montesorri together? Huh. Interesting.
aelfie
Aug. 13th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
You may enjoy this one. This is the author I was so bummed when she decided to hold a workshop the same day as Mel's birthday. Its like. Hold it another day! (the workshop, not the birthday party)

(Which thinking on that I had an idea on how to make next years party run a smidge smoother.)
mollygm
Aug. 13th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
Next year I'm turning on the hose and serving pizza.
aelfie
Aug. 13th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
That will work too.

I was thinking about getting the cake in the morning. Nothing upsets party flow than a host leaving for 90+ mins to get the cake.
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