What you will learn:
- How to read and prepare a story for presentation
- How to "learn" a story rather than "memorize" it
- The use of a simple storytelling opening and closing
- Simple gestures and how to use them to enliven stories, events, and characters
- To appeal to the five physical senses in order to engage imagination
- What the four temperaments are and how to incorporate them into a story in order to engage your audience
What you will receive:
- 36 Video Lessons--complete story presentations.
- Each of the 36 lessons includes a written explanation of the storytelling skills that will be demonstrated in that story.
- A complete First Grade Block Rotation which will help you see how the stories work with the language arts and math lesson blocks over the course of the entire first grade year.
- Additional resources, video and PDF articles, to deepen your understanding of the course and of Waldorf education
Who is this course for:
This course is for homeschool parent-educators as well as teachers in a more traditional setting--or anyone anywhere in between.
First Grade Stories
This course is designed to help you learn and improve storytelling skills.
Yes, it would be possible to simply show these stories to students, because they are presented in full as if being told to an audience. However, we hope that most will attempt to tell the stories because it is such a lively experience to share that process with children young and old.
The telling of and listening to the story is the foundation of almost all of the work done in Waldorf education. So, when we are able to tell stories in a way that supports the imagination process, we give the student the best possible foundation on which to build.
We will take each lesson to look at simple skills that enhance the entire experience of storytelling, for both the storyteller and for the listeners. We will look at classic and archetypal gestures, the overall mood appropriate for the audience you have, how to use the five physical senses to engage the full imagination of the audience, and how to appeal to the four classic temperaments. While the primary focus of this course is in relation to storytelling for First Grade Waldorf Education, the skills introduced and practiced in this course are universally applicable to any storytelling setting.
This course includes thirty-six stories from the fairytale and folktale traditions of many cultures in the world, each one presented in full by Rev Bowen, the course instructor. As such, they are only examples of what can be done. You will be able to copy these stories and techniques. You will also be able to apply your storytelling skills to any stories you choose to tell your student(s) or any other audiences.
- How to Use These Videos (7:16)
- What is a Course in Simply Waldorf? (3:44)
- General Notes Related to Waldorf First Grade Language Arts (11:08)
- Main Lesson and the Main Lesson Block (8:10)
- A First Grade Block Rotation
- Setting Up Your Classroom (19:56)
- "First Grade Stories" Introduction and Overview
- The Importance of Stories and Storytelling (8:48)
- Tips and Techniques for Learning Stories (7:38)
- Story Resources
- Lesson One: The Frog Prince (12:42)
- Lesson Two: The Wolf and Seven Kids (10:15)
- Lesson Three: The Twelve Brothers (21:42)
- Lesson Four: Little Red Riding Hood (13:12)
- Lesson Five: The Language of Animals (21:52)
- Lesson Six: The Shoemaker and the Elves (9:15)
- Lesson Seven: The Queen Bee (11:38)
- Lesson Eight: The Bremen Town Musicians (13:28)
- Lesson Nine: Hansel and Gretel (21:55)
- Lesson Ten: Lazy Jack (10:43)
- Lesson Eleven: Salt and Bread (10:15)
- Lesson Twelve: The Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling (10:17)
- Lesson Thirteen: The Bul-Bul Bird (26:56)
- Lesson Fourteen: Half Chick (14:03)
- Lesson Fifteen: Crab (10:57)
- Lesson Sixteen: The Donkey Driver and the Thief (7:55)
- Lesson Seventeen: Three Wishes (8:01)
- Lesson Eighteen: Anansi and the Hat-Shaking Dance (10:17)
- Lesson Nineteen: Goldilocks and the Three Bears (7:58)
- Lesson Twenty: Fire on the Mountain (21:13)
- Lesson Twenty-One: The Hunter and His Magic Flute (14:58)
- Lesson Twenty-Two: The Stonecutter (12:33)
- Lesson Twenty-Three: Urashima (9:04)
- Lesson Twenty-Four: Lion Once Flew (6:24)
- Lesson Twenty-Five: Simple Wang (8:39)
- Lesson Twenty-Six: The Clever Thief (9:47)
- Lesson Twenty-Seven: Why Sun and Moon Live in the Sky (4:45)
- Lesson Twenty-Eight: The Tiger’s Whisker (10:25)
- Lesson Twenty-Nine: Mister Lazy-Bones (9:47)
- Lesson Thirty: The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal (11:29)
- Lesson Thirty-One: The Monkey and the Crocodile (8:08)
- Lesson Thirty-Two: Jack and the Beanstalk (15:21)
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