WHAT HAPPENS IN THESE SESSIONS?
At the Threshold
Caregivers will sign their children in and get their nametags outside the door to the classroom. A greeter will wait by the door and warmly welcome the children as they arrive. The storyteller will call the children to the Circle one at a time as they are ready. Our greeter will stay by the door during the session so that they are easily accessible to the children throughout the hour.
Building the Circle and Presenting the Lesson
Children quietly make their way into the room and sit in a circle around the storyteller. The storyteller will begin the story when everyone is ready in mind, body, and spirit. The storyteller will present the story by using materials from a presentation box, basket, or tray. During the story, only the storyteller handles the story materials. These items will be accessible to the children during the response/work period. Once the lesson concludes, the storyteller guides the children through “wondering.” Children are allowed to formulate their own responses. There are no right or wrong answers.
After the wondering time, the storyteller invites the children to think about what work they would like to do in response to the lesson. One by one, the children select their work. Some may want to recreate the story with the story materials. Others may choose to work with art materials or blocks. They may use the table for their response work or a work rug. The children work at their responses until the storyteller signals that it is time for the children to put away their work. Children may choose to take their work home, to decorate the room with it, or to keep it in the classroom.
The feast echoes Communion. Each child is given a piece of bread or cracker along with a cup of water. After all have been served, a prayer is said and the feast is shared. At this time, we will have Feast once a month.
When the feast is finished, the storyteller takes time to say goodbye to each child. When the greeter sees that a child’s caregiver has arrived, the greeter calls the child from the Circle. The greeter says goodbye to the child and releases to the child to his/her caregivers outside the door.