May 28, 2023 Last month I wrote about Creative Exploration through Storytelling, and the opportunity for my rising first graders to participate in our final puppet show of the year. They each created a bendy doll for their puppet, and I adapted “The Golden Fish” by Cynthia Aldinger for our show. While it was tricky […]
Storytelling and Puppetry
April 23, 2023 Story time has always been one of my favorite parts of the day for my own creative exploration. I’m an artist by nature, so the handwork portion of puppetry is very rewarding, but so has been the discovery of “non-traditional” performances. Carefully planning out a puppet show, imbuing our puppets with life
April 10, 2022 PASSOVER AT KULANU PLAYGARDEN From Yael Raff Peskin At its core, Judaism is an oral tradition, where stories are treasured and passed on from one generation to the next — l’dor v’dor. The story of the Exodus–from slavery to liberation–is the core story we tell and re-tell. It is THE story of the Jewish people.
March 20, 2022 As an early childhood educator, one of my favorite ways to bring a story is with moving pictures. Originally, the impact of such a simple artistic representation took me by surprise. Even with a group of children whose media exposure is moderated, when the larger cultural context is full of sensationalism and
December 12, 2021 From LifeWays’ founder, Cynthia Aldinger: Do you remember the first time you observed or participated in a celebration that transported you toward the land of awe? When my sons were little, I was introduced to the idea of an Advent Garden where children walk a spiral of greenery carrying an unlit candle
November 21, 2021 This week’s Living Arts blog post was written by Yael Raff Peskin, director of KULANU Playgarden. Yael writes: As we head into the darkest time of the year in the northern hemisphere–when days are short and nights are long–many cultures and religions have rituals to celebrate the returning of the light. In
November 7, 2021 This week’s blog post is from Chinyelu Kunz of WeNurture: Here’s what’s recent on the Stories for Children Podcast Lorenza’s Grandmother A beautiful and tender story about a little girl named Lorenza who dearly misses her grandmother who has crossed the rainbow bridge. One autumn morning, Lorenza was feeling sad because she
October 3, 2021 Michaelmas Greetings from We Nurture! We continue to have so much gratitude to those who share their stories with us so that we may share Waldorf-inspired stories with families all over the world. Many of the stories we share have large audiences with over 700 plus listens often in a week or less.
September 12, 2021 We are so glad to share the work of our talented colleagues in the LifeWays community, and grateful for their willingness to share their talents! This week we have a sweet song for a rainy day from Jaimmie Stugard, the director of LifeWays Early Childhood Center in Milwaukee. We would also like to
July 18, 2021 Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it’s an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one