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Andando Caminos

Teaching Spanish in Waldorf Schools: A Manual for All Language Teachers

Elena Forrer
Contributions by Joan Caldarera
March 2014
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  • Publisher
    Lindisfarne Books
  • Published
    4th March 2014
  • ISBN 9781584201595
  • Language English
  • Pages 360 pp.
  • Size 8.25" x 11"
  • Images 90+


Andando Caminos offers support in all aspects of Waldorf Spanish lessons, based on the developmental levels as the children move through the grades according to indications from Rudolf Steiner. For language teachers, it is just as important to understand the children in each stage of their development as it is to cultivate balanced and artistic lessons. Andando Caminos does not intend to bring a lesson plan to teachers, but to provide support for that task. It offers a practical perspective on planning the lessons, as well as encouragement for individual teachers to discover their own artistry and gifts.

Included are ample materials available from the Hispanic culture. Although countries in Latin America and Spain share many songs and customs, others are distinctive to each region or country. From the folk tale "El Gallo Kiriko" to "Nicolás Guillén’s Los Abuelos," and from the Mexican legend of "Los Volcanes" to the shadow play of the ballad "Conde Olinos," this text brings material suitable for all of the grades. Each piece is introduced with explanatory text for the teacher and is arranged according to the grades, first through eighth. Everything included in this book has been tested in the classroom.

Language teachers in Waldorf schools need more than strategies for delivering content. The work of teaching involves a human approach to learning—creativity and a path of self-discovery. In the words of the Spanish poet Antonio Machado, “Caminante no hay camino se hace camino al andar.”

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Elena Forrer

1. The Essence of Waldorf Education by Joan Caldarera
2. The Language Teacher
3. The Language Lesson
4. From Storytelling to Reading, Speaking, and Writing
5. Integrating a Vocabulary Topic into a Story or Context
6. Teaching Grammar: From the Picture to the Concept
7. Poetry and Recitation through the Grades
8. Other Resources


Elena Forrer

Elena Forrer, a native of Spain, joined the San Francisco Waldorf School in 1989. As a child she loved performing, singing, painting, and working with children. After graduating from the School of Applied Arts in Madrid, she moved to California, where she encountered Waldorf education. Inspired by the richness of the curriculum and the work of Rudolf Steiner, she began to teach at the San Francisco Waldorf School, where she pioneered the Spanish program. After completing her training equivalency through the Rudolf Steiner College, she published, along with other Waldorf Spanish teachers, a book entitled Senderos: Teaching Spanish in Waldorf Schools. Over the years, she has combined Spanish teaching with teaching painting and drawing in the middle school and high school. Elena has been a mentor to new teachers, assessing Spanish programs in Waldorf schools across the country. She has also been part of the summer faculty at the Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento and a painting instructor for LifeWays. Elena lives with her family in Marin County, California, and continues to teach at the San Francisco Waldorf School.