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Navigating the Terrain of Childhood CDNavigating the Terrain of Childhood CD

A Guidebook for Meaningful Parenting and Heartfelt Discipline

This recording of a talk given in Sacramento, CA, captures the spirit of the book and presents basic guidelines for healthy discipline with humor and imagination.

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Covering Home
Covering Home

The Nova Institute's parenting work began with the writing of Covering Home: Lessons on the Art of Fathering from the Game of Baseball, by Institute director Jack Petrash. This book on fathering, published by Robins Lane Press, helped launch our efforts in parent education in both the United States and Canada. Covering Home was widely acclaimed and received the National Parenting Publication's Gold Award in the year 2001.

[Covering Home]…will immediately become the kind of book passed on from friend to friend, from father to father, and from father to son or d…hter… There are many more detailed books on fatherhood that are essential for a dad's library, but none so precious as this small wonder. —Publisher's Weekly

Understanding WaldorfUnderstanding Waldorf

In the fall of 2000 the Institute's writing work continued when we received a call from Col. Edward Imperato, the executor of the Norman Trust. He was interested in funding a book on Waldorf Education. "If this education is as good as people say, more educators should know about it," he stated emphatically in that initial conversation.

Through his help, and through the generosity of Phyllis Norman, the Institute began its next book project, the research and writing of Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out, which was published by Gryphon House, Inc. in the spring of 2002. The book has also been well received and widely read.

(This) wise and deeply moving book gives me an new found appreciation for Waldorf Education… I found (its) explanation of the curriculum's three-fold approach fresh and illuminating. Whether you are a parent, an educator, a policy maker, or simply a person interested in human growth and learning, read this book. —Eric Utne, founder of the Utne Reader

[Author] Jack Petrash has captured the essence of child-friendly and developmentally appropriate pedagogy at a time when this message is sorely needed in the United States. If his ideas could be implemented, I believe we would ameliorate many of the "ills" currently attributed to schools—simply by understanding the essential nature of children's learning and the special needs of the growing brain at different ages. —Jane Healy, author of Endangered Minds: Why Children Don't Think and What we Can Do About It


Canadian Waldorf Schools' Website

In collaboration with the Waldorf School Association of Ontario, the Nova Institute has produced seven pieces on Waldorf Education. These articles are designed to describe this unique approach to teaching in the context of contemporary education and in accessible language.

To view these printer friendly pieces go to Waldorf.ca and click on Waldorf Education.

Parenting: Hold Them Close, Then Let Go
(pdf - 25k)

By Jack Petrash
Originally published in the Washington Post.
Hold Them Close, Then Let Go
Leading Children Back to the Future In the Waldorf Classroom
(pdf - 145k)

By Jack Petrash