This is a post out of the 31 Days of Morning Circles. You can find the main page for this series here.
After a calming meditation, the child is open to a more interactive activity. Since you are already close to the child, it’s an ideal time to share a story.
I like to transition from meditation to a story with a song. In addition to using a visual schedule, it helps my son know what’s coming next.
We use this traditional Waldorf song to transition to the story:
Story Time Song (Traditional Waldorf)
Fairies of the story time
Come and share your stories with me
I am listening with my ears
I am sitting quietly.
The reason I like this one is that it’s short, it hints at the next activity (story), points out a body part (ears) and tells how to listen to the story (quietly). Don’t be fooled, however. My son isn’t always sitting quietly. I begin the story anyway.
I sign in addition to singing, and my son often scoots over to the book bin after the first words.
You can select a story, a verse, or even use a musical instrument to indicate the start of a story. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to do the same thing each and every time. Rather than announce, “Now, we’ll read a story,” a song makes for a gentle transition from meditation to the book you will share.
How do you introduce a story?