Hello! Let's pretend that you are just beginning your storytelling journey. Maybe you have been asked to make up a story and your mind went totally blank. Maybe you ventured there and even began to make up a story but you felt that it wasn't "good enough" and you stopped.
The first step can be to imagine a storyteller. What does the archetypal storyteller look like to you? A wise grandmother or wise grandfather? A person from a different culture? Someone with glasses or a beautiful shawl? Imagine this person and then embody them. This may be easy for you - or you may need a physical prop. Find the perfect rocking chair or stool, or maybe that shawl that you never wear but will be perfect to bring out the storyteller within you.
The second step is to light a candle or sing a song signifying that it is now story time. I have recorded a song below. I don't know who wrote it so if you do please let me know! This is a song that many Waldorf teachers sing before their story. Afterwards the children and I always say "Where was it, where was it not? When was it, when was it not?" And then I begin.
The third thing to do is to begin telling your story. You may tell the simplest story that you know by heart, or you may wish to learn a new one prior to beginning. Or you can use these Twelve Little Tales as part of the process. The tales do involve some reading just to get everyone started in the land or adventure of the month, but the 12 prompt cards are all open ended, each ending with a ... Sometimes the cards end mid-sentence and sometimes not. What you will do it continue from the prompt. You could say ANYTHING. You could almost always say ...and then 3000 pink bunnies hopped over the hill and surprised everyone. Or you could take from something that you did earlier in the day or week or you can address an issue that your child is having by having one of the characters in the story experience the same issue and resolve it in a simple or complex way - it all depends on you - and it is all just exactly right!
The VERY MOST IMPORTANT THING is to look at your child or children and notice that they are looking at you with wide eyed wonder, waiting for what you will say next. Don't let that intimidate you! Just keep going and feel the energy that is begin created in this magical experience of storytelling. It really is magic.
Please let me know what your initial experiences with storytelling have been and how they have progressed.
note: I am by no means a professional singer - so know that when listening :)
Twelve Little Tales is a project to spread the art of storytelling far and wide.