Artistic Activities, Story-telling, and Circle Time

Weekly artistic activities include painting, beeswax modeling, drawing, eurythmy, crafts, storytelling and puppetry. Like imaginative play and domestic activities, artistic activities nurture the child’s developing senses and motor skills.

Each day a story is told to the children, usually in the oral tradition. Stories include Grimm’s fairy tales, multicultural stories and folk tales, and nature tales. Stories are repeated so that the richness and nuances of the story’s language and images can be slowly absorbed. With repetition, the children begin to form inner pictures, and memory forces are encouraged and strengthened. After some days of repetition, the stories are sometimes presented as a puppet show, and at other times the children are guided in acting them out, complete with simple music and costumes. These activities further stimulate the children’s imaginations, provide a feast for the senses, and offer an opportunity for individual children to step forward into the center of the group to play-act with the help of the teacher.

During the daily circle time, the teacher introduces the children to seasonal songs and verses, games and gestures. Circle time calls upon the children to move into an imagination brought by the teacher. Through the imitation of the teacher’s careful gestures, the children’s speech and auditory processing are strengthened. The children are expected to move as a group, and when asked, step forward and move individually. All of this requires them to pay attention and move their bodies in a directed manner – preparation for their future academic studies.

All of these activities nurture the children's ability to make their own inner pictures. This ability is the foundation for reading comprehension, setting the stage for a rich literacy experience in the grade school years.