Day 11: Opening Activity – Introducing the Story in the Morning Circle with the Child with Special Needs

Day 11: Opening Activity – Introducing the Story in the Morning Circle with the Child with Special NeedsThis is a post out of the “31 Days of Morning Circles for the Child with Special Needs”.  You can find the main page for this series here.

After a calming meditation, your child is open to a more interactive activity. Since you are already close to your child, it’s an ideal time to share a story.

I like to transition from a meditation to a story with a song.  In addition to using a visual schedule, it helps my son know what’s coming next.

We use this traditional Waldorf song to transition to story:

Story Time Song (Traditional Waldorf)

Fairies of the story time

Come and share your stories with me

I am listening with my ears

I am sitting quietly.

The reason I like this one is because it’s short, it hints to the next activity (story), points out a body part (ears) and tells how to listen to the story (quietly). Don’t be fooled, however. My son isn’t always sitting quietly. I begin the story anyway.

I sign in addition to singing, and my son often scoots over to the book bin after the first words.

You can select a story, a verse, or even use a musical instrument to indicate the start of a story. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to do the same thing each and every time. Rather than announce, “Now, we’ll read a story,” a song makes for a gentle transition from meditation to the book you will share.

How do you introduce a story?

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