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Creative Pathways: Activities that Strengthen the Child's Cognitive Forces Paperback – August 26, 2013
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About the Author
Elizabeth Auer has a background in illustration and design, and has illustrated several books. She was a Waldorf class teacher, and runs Waldorf arts workshops. She is the author of Learning about the World Through Modeling. She lives in New Hampshire.
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This book helped me to see how children get from their earliest drawings in grade 1 to the incredibly beautiful artistic techniques used by an 8th grader in a Waldorf school. She organizes each grade level by main lesson block and gives concrete and practical suggestions for how she, as the handwork/manual arts teacher, supported what was done in the classroom academically. I ESPECIALLY appreciate her step by step instructions for main lesson book binding, since I've been wanting us to create our own MLBs for a while now but was too intimated.
Elizabeth explains what to expect in your child's physical development and dexterity (pencil grip, grade 1), so you know what level of fine and gross motor skill is reasonable for your child (silk marionettes with needle felted heads, grade 6). This is very helpful to homeschoolers who often only have one child of a certain age at a time. She also calmly gives you a sense of how long you should be working on something... SO helpful to a homeschooler who often has only been given a brief indication of what happens in handwork at each grade level. She also includes information on temperaments, integrated into the text, so that it flows smoothly. For something like veil panting (grade 5) she explains how to get to know the paper, how to control the brush, how to do different kinds of strokes, and aerial perspective. I am a verbal learner and I appreciate how she walks me through things. Other books just show pictures of finished student work with a brief description of the materials used.
It's a rich text. To just give some further examples, she includes a detailed set of instructions for building a Navajo tapestry loom -- she had each child help build his/her own (grade 3). She shows all paintings for the Hebrew Creation, days 1 through 6 (grade 3), and making the five regular solids out of sturdy paper in Geometry (grade 8). She explains step by step how to carefully build up a clay sculpture of a head complete with features (Anatomy, grade 8). I feel like she's standing by me, helping me teach, including how to frame words of encouragement for students.
This book will find its way into your heart if you have it by your side while actually teaching that grade level and that lesson block. If you try to read it cover to cover in one shot, and then put it away on your shelf, you'll forget about it.