Homeschool storytelling and creative writing
Hello homeschooling families!
Have you been looking for ways to add storytelling to your day? Twelve Little Tales has just what you need.
Many of Twelve Little Tales subscribers are homeschoolers using these magical story-starters for story-time and with older children as creative writing prompts (see photos below).
Every month a new Tale arrives with approximately 1100 words and a whole new story line plus beautiful illustrations to inspire and guide you on your month of storytelling adventures.
The open ended cards allow for imagination to flow and for one to creatively incorporate content specific to the temperament of your children and the subjects that are being studied in your current curriculum.
Please read an excerpt from the upcoming March Tale about two new friends.
"The moonlit hillside beckons to her as she wakes and peers out her window. Just as she had each night before she hears the song in her dreamtime that pulls her gently from sleep into waking. The landscape is cold and frozen, everything within sight as still as still can be. The moon is so bright that she can see almost as if it were daytime. She waits for him to appear, knowing that soon he will lumber over the top of the hill and wait patiently for her to join him. And here he comes now, her friend, so large with his paws making prints on the frosty ground. She goes to meet him. The music is coming from the trees. Who is singing? She does not know. All she knows is dancing with the bear is the most wonderful thing in all the world..."
The story goes on to talk more about the girl and her daily life, about the joys of very early spring and many other wonder-filled ideas that you will take to continue telling your own stories - with lots of help! Find a free winter story sample to try here
Children are amazing storytellers!
You will find that when given small prompts the children's imaginations run wild and they will come up with wonderful stories filled with adventure.
For adults, storytelling can sometimes be difficult in the beginning.
When I first started telling stories to my young daughter I had wonderful intentions but couldn't think of a thing to say! I didn't have a lot of confidence nor could I form ideas that seemed "good enough". Now I know that anything that I made up would have delighted my child to no end. But, I know that others have the same experience that I did. This is part of the reason I created Twelve Little Tales, so that I could help others with story-starters and ideas each month. The content is simple, timeless and based in nature and seasonal wonder and leaves room for all of your ideas and creativity.
See below for more photos and words from happy homeschool storytellers!
How to tell a story - storytelling with children
Storytelling 101- tip number one
Storytelling with children - start with simple, familiar things
Ok, maybe you don’t take your tea on a mushroom BUT I bet you can talk about tea. How it was a little bit hot when whoever was drinking it took the first sip or how the steam rose up in the shape of a...(what shape would it be in your story?) or how it was chilly out and (insert tea drinker) warmed his or her hands around the tea cup. Maybe there was a little snack with the tea and maybe someone had gotten up very early, just like the baker, and made the special treat and maybe the treat or snack is something you made recently in your home as well.
The actual prompt card from the October Tale with this image says this: Sitting around mushroom and toadstool tables they took their tea. The tea is made of flower petals and spices from the lands of summer and even further away than that. It reminded little summer gnome, for a minute, of home, but she was having so much fun... This conjures many images, doesn’t it? But if you start with what you know - simple, familiar things - you will find yourself weaving a Tale with magic and adventure in no time. It doesn’t have to be long, each card doesn’t have to be a whole story - but it can be if that’s what happens. There are an infinite number of possibilities that can come with each Tale. Yours will be perfect.
Twelve Little Tales is a project to spread the art of storytelling far and wide.