Stories Work Like Magic
In many hands-on homeschooling approaches, stories form the foundation of the lessons. Stories can work like magic!
They connect us, person to person, and heart to heart.
- illustrate values
- inspire character development
- teach nature, science or history content
- introduce math or language arts skills
This is Episode #76 of the Art of Homeschooling and if you’re inspired to embrace the idea of stories as magic in your homeschooling, have a listen. I’m glad you’re here!
Stories Work Like Magic
Storytelling has been used to convey lessons and learning for time out of mind. And it’s embraced by many holistic teaching approaches, such as the teaching movements founded by Rudolf Steiner and Charlotte Mason.
Rudolf Steiner said, in his Practical Advice to Teachers lecture series in 1919, “Read the story aloud to the children, then leave it be.“
Stories should be allowed to rest in the imagination of the child. And then you can revisit the story after a night of rest.
In the Waldorf approach, stories are revisited through artistic experiences and composing summaries. You can use this rhythm ~ of story, rest, revisit ~ for all children, from early childhood though adolescence.
In this episode of the podcast, I discuss:
- where to find stories
- how to choose a story
- how to share a story
- why memorizing a story isn’t necessary for homeschooling
- how to approach questions, conversation, and discussion around stories
- the two day rhythm of working with story material
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Three stories mentioned in the episode:
Old Mother West Wind by Thornton Burgess
The Animal Family by Randall Jarrell
The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
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