Hello and welcome to the magical land of December. Here we will find a mysterious sight in the middle of the purple night. An animal parade! I offered a bit of imagery here but not too much because I felt that it would be better to leave what an animal parade will look like up to each individual. I see one thing (quite different than the paintings I painted) but I am certain that it will be different for you :) Some of the questions you may wish to ask this month - either yourself as you think of what to say, or to ask the children as you are doing your storytelling. They will love to participate! As always you can discuss the mundane (but not at all mundane really ;) breakfast, dressing, song to sing while putting on mittens and boots, things they did earlier in the day (which are often things your kids did earlier in the day). Or you can talk about where the animals came from - did they come from a magical snow palace? Or a land even farther to the north? Did they come from the aurora borealis? And what sort of land might that be all made of light and glow? What does it smell like out there as the children watch the parade? Smoke from the wood stoves and fireplaces in all the little mushroom houses? I know I didn't put the chimneys in the paintings, but that doesn't mean they aren't there! I really like the feeling of the simple table with the wooden bowls and yellow stools. And the pretty table cloth. Did someone they know make the tablecloth? I think it might look like it was printed with a block print and indigo dye? What do you think? What do they eat in their home? Do they say a blessing? Do they take turns serving?
One of the easiest way to make up stories is to put yourself there and to think about each step the children will take and imagine all the details as you do - smells like woodsmoke, sounds like dogs barking in the distance, feelings like excitement, fear, delight and wonder.
Please always ask me if you have questions. I'm sure some of you do but very few people actually ask. I will be able to write better stories, prompts and instructions if I know how you are doing with them so I would really love any feedback and I am always available to help. There are ways to make just about any story into a therapeutic story. If your child is having an issue that you would like to try and incorporate into the story to try and help him or her please contact me and we will brainstorm together about what you could say. firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you and Happy Storytelling! Warmly, Marna