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We’re a bit Waldorf-inspired here, and I love the quality of the main lesson books we’ve had for Jenna over the past couple of years, but ARGH why can’t I buy them in the UK?  Except for the two colours Myriad offer, I just cannot buy main lesson books online in the UK, and from Myriad they are £5 when you take postage into account.  I can’t justify that.  We’re a few months off Jenna filling up her current book, but I’d like a source for getting some more, especially if I have a good choice of colours.

If any of you have children in Steiner schools, or live near one, do you have access to resources in a school shop?  I don’t think we’re anywhere near one, but I could maybe talk one of you into picking me up a couple if you can get them easily in real life?  wink

Otherwise, please, any shops for Waldorf resources online that sell basically anything aimed at the grades rather than kindergarten?  smile

Sarah
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8yo Jenna (August 04)
6yo Morgan (December 06)
4yo Rowan (April 09)
and toddling baby Talia (December 11)

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Are you anywhere near the Michael House steiner school - pretty sure it’s Derbyshire but could be miles away I guess, in case they have a shop.

Just remembered this website - don’t know if you can tell by looking at them whether what they refer to as sketchbooks (bottom of page) are the same thing or just a sketchbook (probably not as they say small!) - http://www.waldorf-toys.com/english.php?pag=http://www.waldorf-toys.com/pags/vilt_uk.php

Yeah their books are either tiny or ringbound lol.  We could in theory get to Heanor though!

I had a lightbulb moment and phoned Playfull Toys in Bristol to ask if they could send me a couple, and they can, and postage rates are low, so that’s solved that immediate problem.

Sarah
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6yo Morgan (December 06)
4yo Rowan (April 09)
and toddling baby Talia (December 11)

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Cool, is it something you could make your own if you got some good quality paper or do you prefer the bought ones? I remember seeing some in a shop in a Steiner school near-ish to us and thought they were nice but not sure when we might be that way to have picked any up for you. Sounds like you have a solution for now though.

This is the shop that was local the our steiner school. I’m sure she’ll have access to main lesson books, I know she had a few in stock.
Call her.She got me some of the waxed paper in once when I needed to make a load of stars. She’s really nice.
http://www.garvaldedinburgh.org.uk/content.php?ref=page_mulberry&sm=on&iref=img_shop

I’m not there anymore, otherwise I’d happily pick you up a few.

Thankyou everyone.  smile  I can’t get good enough paper to make my own without paying more than the books themselves in Myriad lol.  After calling a couple of school-connected shops they actually would charge me similar in postage to Myriad (haven’t tried your link yet arwen!) and Playfull Toys said *they* now expect postage to be higher than they thought too…  so I think I’m up to plan c or d or something lol: wait until I have Christmas money from my grandma to order presents for the children from Myriad and tag my order for books on the end (even if they are boring colours lol).  Oh, and hope I find an actual Waldorf shop in real life some time that has pretty coloured ones.  wink

Sarah
Living, loving, learning, laughing, growing, with
8yo Jenna (August 04)
6yo Morgan (December 06)
4yo Rowan (April 09)
and toddling baby Talia (December 11)

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We live nearby a Steiner school - and it has a shop attached. Can you explain a bit more about what the books are? I could pick you some up after we move if you want.

Angie

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We are Steiner inspired here too and couldn’t find main lesson books either, so thanks for the links I will check them out. We are using A3 art pads beacuse of the quality of the paper and luckily we have shop locally that stocks cheap ones. I love the Lyra pencils too and found a shop on holiday in Totnes that had every colour imaginable it was like being in a sweet shop, we have been really enjoying using them. I didn’t think to look for books.

Thanks again,
Emma

Bright Blessings, Emma.

Angie, they are (fairly thin) blank work books with heavy paper and rounded edges.  We prefer a4 size bound along the long edge rather than the short, but right now we have ones bound along the short edge because that’s all Myriad have.  They are always sold as Main Lesson Books.  Some have onion skin paper dividers between the pages making them good for work with pastels or oil pastels (or laying down a lot of crayon) without it rubbing off onto other work.  Again I prefer them without, but can only get them with right now!

The paper quality is almost as good as expensive artists pads, so that’s what I’d use if I couldn’t get them - but that’s an even more expensive solution lol.  The thing is, even if every other thing I like about Waldorf went out of the window for some reason, I do feel strongly about giving the children quality art supplies and beautiful natural materials as much as humanly possible - I want them to value what they do as artists and know that I value it too.  They’re welcome to scrap paper and recycling stuff for modelling and so on, but there will always be good drawing supplies to hand that give beautiful colour on smooth lovely paper.  (Even Roo has a little Moleskine cardboard journal lol.)

Ooh and while we’re talking art supplies, can I heartily recommend Caran D’ache Neocolour water-soluble pastels?  They give such fantastic coverage and dilute nicely for painting with (or painting water over).  They are such a hit with the children I have to hide them so I get a look in.  wink

Myriad are going to stock a larger range of lesson books some time soon, I’ve been talking to them wink so at least there is somewhere online in the UK that *will* have a good range.  They’re about £3 each though, which is more than little local school shops charge.  Not bad if you’re ordering other things from them though of course.

I ordered one from Myriad after just deciding that I’d pay the postage - and then had money from my grandma for Christmas presents for the girls so in the end I didn’t pay the postage lol, and I chose watercolours and sewing supplies from great gran.  smile  And it arrived this morning, less than 24 hours after I ordered - so even if I mutter sometimes about the prices, Myriad get another thumbs up for speed!

(PS, Emma, Lyra pencils - http://www.bakerross.co.uk/product.asp?pf_id=EK646&src=COMPARE&utm_source=webfeed&utm_medium=pricecomparison&utm_content=link&utm_campaign=shoppingdotcom&of_uid=c4b64469-b6f3-47a3-9c8c-c172490f5800 HUGE box for under £30, amazing value.  We love them too.  smile )

Sarah
Living, loving, learning, laughing, growing, with
8yo Jenna (August 04)
6yo Morgan (December 06)
4yo Rowan (April 09)
and toddling baby Talia (December 11)

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Let me know if you need more any time - we love the little cafe attached to the Steiner school shop, so always happy to pick you some up - postage at cost wink

Angie

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(PS, Emma, Lyra pencils - http://www.bakerross.co.uk/product.asp?pf_id=EK646&src=COMPARE&utm_source=webfeed&utm_medium=pricecomparison&utm_content=link&utm_campaign=shoppingdotcom&of_uid=c4b64469-b6f3-47a3-9c8c-c172490f5800 HUGE box for under £30, amazing value.  We love them too.  smile )


Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh there’s the link!  I must order some of these when I’m paid next!

Re:  main lesson books, have you thought of using artist sketch books?  the paper in those is good quality and you can get them hardback or soft back, with glued or ring bind spines; both long and short edges.

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I’m afraid i cant help with the workbooks  good luck finding some affordable ones.  

Thanks for posting the Lyra link, I’ve been searching for it as I seem to remember a group of people shared a box a while ago. Joxy, would you and anyone else like to split a box? I am really after 2nd each colour to make mine a crayon roll each. I could easily use 4 of each though (it looks like there are 8 of each colour is that right?)

Sarah x

I have been trying to post that for days - my phone doesn’t like GP at the moment!

Sarah x

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