Baby Step 12

Dear Mama, If you're feeling overwhelmed about starting the homeschooling year, come join us on our baby steps path to a peaceful home and rhythm.  Start at baby step 1!  Love, Kelly

Today we’re going to get into a rhythm of learning new stories.

Storytelling is at the heart of Waldorf-inspired homeschooling in the early years and in the grades.  You don’t have to tell all the stories (it’s fine to read stories too) but whenever you do learn and tell a story by heart, that’s a wonderful thing!

So how do you learn a story by heart?  Many people find that reading it to themselves three nights in a row just before bed works well.  I also like to read it out loud (to myself).  Keep in mind that you aren’t trying to memorize the story word for word.

Decide when you’ll be telling new stories.  For a young child, you might tell a new story every few weeks, and for a second grader you might tell two new stories each week.  Make a note of what day(s) you’ll be telling a story and then back up three evenings - that’s when you need to start preparing to tell your story.  For example, if I’m going to tell new stories on Mondays, I’ll want to be sure I remember to read the story myself on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Write down your plan in your calendar and anywhere else that will help you remember.  You could set an alarm reminder, for example, or leave your story material on your bedside table with a big note to yourself!

That’s it!  If you want to celebrate and find motivation with other awesome mamas, head over to this post on facebook and tell us your plan for learning new stories!