Empathy for the Big Bad Wolf ~ A New Take on an Old Tale

When I went to photograph at Rosa Parks recently, I noticed some peculiar documentation panels which seemed to show empathy for the Big Bad Wolf. I asked the classroom’s teachers about this and they confirmed my suspicions. Upon hearing the age old story of the Three Little Pigs, the children in the classroom wondered why […]

Make Your Own Story Stones

Story Stones are a great way to get students excited about story telling and they are surprisingly easy to make! Materials Needed: Stones A variety of stickers Modge Podge Paint Brush Small container to pour the Modge Podge in (this is optional) *I purchased all of my materials at our local Dollar Tree*   The Process: […]

Math Gnomes: Plus

I think Waldorf Math Gnomes are one of the most magical ways to introduce the math processes!  It all begins with a story! Once, a long time ago, there lived a Gnome King.  He loved the jewels found deep in the earth and asked for special helpers to fill his treasure chest.   Four very […]

Who is that Mystery Reader?

I love having “Mystery Readers” and it has been an important part of my classroom for years.  There is nothing more exciting to a student than to have a family member read to the class.   I did not think it could get any better until I started working with my co-teacher, Patty.  She has a […]

The Story Table

The Story Table is a vital part of my classroom.  It is a miniature world of nature complete with animals. STEP ONE:  The Base – I like to use a strong base so children can push on it and it will not collapse.   This is a shelf laid flat. STEP TWO:  Cover the shelf or […]

Storytelling in Blocks

Oh my word!  I was so excited to discover a lost thumb drive with photos from my classroom in 2007-2008.   I thought I had lost all of my photos when my first laptop crashed.   My daughter found a random thumb drive and . . . well . . . a treasure trove of photos! One […]

Waldof: Table Puppets

Waldorf table puppets have to be one of the most powerful things I have ever taken into my teaching practice.  They are simple standing puppets.  People make them in a variety of ways and materials.  This table puppet is a part of a late spring Nature Table.  She is made of wool felt.  This table […]

Waldorf: Marionettes

There is nothing so magical as the art of the marionette – Waldorf style!  These etheric creatures are made of hand dyed silks and lovingly sewn into special characters.  For the newbie to Waldorf education – the lack of facial features can seem odd.   But wait and watch the imagination of the child and the […]

Free Storytelling Cards – Three Pigs

I am so excited to share a free set of storytelling cards for the story of The Three Pigs.  This set includes word cards as well.  To access this free set – go to the Fairy Dust Teaching Facebook page! Enjoy!

The Never Ending Story. . . .

Here is a little gold nugget I use in my classroom.  I tell an ongoing story that lasts all year long.  It is a simple tale about a Mother, a Father, a Sister, a Brother, a Cat and a Dog.  I do not use names – just Mother, Mom, Father, Dad, etc. – as using […]

It’s an interview! It’s about Fairy Tales!

I am so excited to share a podcast of Melitsa from Raising Playful Tots interviewing me about storytelling!  She was so great.  I was not feeling well that day so I was a little nervous about how it would sound.  Melitsa is so artful in her capacity to interview – it is super.  Thank you […]

A Simple Puppet Show

This is such a simple process that produces the most endearing results!   I had each color family (groups of four children) write their own story. 1.  The first round I let each group write and collaborate on their own a story.   Each group picked someone to record their story.  My rule was that each child […]

The Plate Stories (It’s Math!)

My best ideas come in the face of disengaged children.  That happened a few weeks ago.  The children were restless and I knew that my math lesson was a real yawner.   On a whim, I told the children to pull out their white boards and dry erase markers. I demonstrated how to draw a plate, […]

Fly Guy Math

This is a fun activity for math.  First, I taught the children how to draw Fly Guy.  He is a very simple figure to draw.  Next, I had the children draw bugs with Fly Guy.  They had to write a math sentence to go with their drawing.  The room was a peaceful quiet as they […]

George Washington

This week we have the coolest book sharing!  One of my students was an artist model for the book, “George Washington: Our Founding Father.”  His mother came to school Tuesday and read the book to the class — keeping the secret until the end. Click on book to go to Amazon to read more about […]

A Narrative at Block Play

I love to watch little narratives unfold during centers.  One of the best places to “catch” such a narrative is in the block center.  Here is the saga I captured today:  Four boys are building a structure.  I ask what it is.  S replies, “It is a house.”  H chimes in and says, “It is […]

The Three Pigs Table Puppet Show

Letting the children retell a fairy tale is very powerful in building comprehension.  The table puppet show can be very simple like this one.  I use simple plastic pigs and an old wolf puppet.  It works!  The children love it! The Three Little Pigs Table Puppet Play from Fairy Dust Teaching on Vimeo.

I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff and . . .

My educational method is to present one fairy tale for at least two weeks.  I read multiple versions of the tale, retell it orally, retell it with puppets, and at the end – have the children act it out.  It is a method that I have developed over the last 12 years or more.  This […]

The Power of Table Puppets and Retelling a Story!

This is pure educational magic.  Pure gold!  Give it a try if you have not.  It is very simple to do.  I have made basic table puppets for the children to use but you could use dollhouse dolls and brown bear figurines.  The children just need something to “pretend” the character with.  They are not […]

Storytelling Teepee

Last Saturday, the museum had put up a teepee for family day.  I had the wonderful task of reading to the children inside the teepee.  I had a blast!  The children loved it.  I read the sweetest book:

Hands On Literacy 101

Here is a brief look at my literacy approach: What is Hands-On Literacy? Hands on literacy is based on brain-based research.  It brings classic stories alive and into the hands of the learner through the senses – visual, tactical, auditory – and through the multiple intelligences – verbal/linguistic, musical/rhythmic, visual/spatial, bodily kinesthetic, intra-personal, interpersonal, mathematical/logical […]

Story Stones made by a Kindergartener

This week one of my kindergarten students came to school with her own story stones.  She had wanted her own set and found a way to make them – stickers!  I was so impressed with her creative solution of how to get an image on the stone!   Her mother told me she gathered the stones […]

Storytelling Pathways: Walking the Fairy Tale

This is a great way to help children with retelling a story.  It builds comprehension, sequencing and it is fun!  It is simple – on a long piece of bulletin board paper – draw a winding path.  At the beginning of the path, draw a visual clue of the first event.  I did this Storytelling […]

Drawing Lesson – Two Feathers

One of my favorite things to do with children is teach them how to draw.  I begin by taking them through the process step by step.  I use basic shapes and lines.  I do one part and then they do it – following my demonstration.   While everyone is doing the same drawing – each one […]

Native American Unit in Switzerland

In 2005, I received a Fund for Teachers fellowship to travel to Europe to see early childhood classrooms.  I had the delight of spending a few days in a kindergarten in Winterthur, Switzerland.  They were studying the Native Americans.  Here are a few of their class projects.  The teacher had cut out border strips into […]