I think for most people new to Waldorf Education, oral storytelling is a completely new skill! It is funny how intimidating it can be to “perform” even for your own kiddos! They never judge though and are always pleased when I make a small effort to enliven our story time. I started with props like puppets and toys, consulted this book and visited free local puppet shows to see how the “pros” do it. I also highly recommend subscribing to Suzanne Down’s newsletter.
I now feel totally comfortable telling stories without a cheat sheet or props. However… there are days when I don’t feel as prepared as I would like. In that case, I found it sooo helpful to have a few fairytale books on hand. When I was planning for first grade last time (for Noah- 3 years ago) I went to the library and checked out over 40 versions of illustrated fairytales. These were the ones that made the cut. There are a few others that were too expensive that I would love to add to our collection this year for Hannah.
All of these books were found at the thrift store or used from Amazon.com. I spent under $50 on this wonderful collection that is sure to be part of our family library for a long time 🙂
What are your favorite illustrated fairy tales?
In addition, these were books that we enjoyed as read alouds:
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Peter Rabbit Treasury by Beatrix Potter
Frog and Toad, Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel
The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren
The Apple Cake by MarjanVan Zeyl
St. George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Tiptoes Lightly and other stories by Reg Down