Lord Geoffrey and the Power of Storytelling

This month, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade students are participating in an elective story time on Zoom with our lead aftercare instructor Mr. DeRienzo. Using his imagination and a natural flair for storytelling, Mr. DeRienzo has created a series of wonderful adventures for Philip and Suzette, two child thieves who in previous stories were adopted by King Navarre of C√≥rdoba. In the story we’ve shared below, Philip and Suzette must overcome dragons and wizards to deliver a special wedding gift to the king’s cousin Lord Geoffrey.

This imaginative story was originally told to lower grades students, but it’s appropriate for younger (and older) children as well.

Lord Geoffrey, written and read by Mr. DeRienzo for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Listening to stories, fairy tales, legends, folk tales, and fables are an integral part of the Waldorf curriculum, throughout early childhood and the early grades, leading students in upper grades to their study of biographies, history, and culture. In the grades, academic subjects are often approached through stories, and students at Waldorf schools become keen and curious listeners.

Not surprisingly, many Waldorf teachers (like Mr. DeRienzo!) are skilled storytellers, holding their students’ attention rapt and teaching them to deeply comprehend a story or fable.

To read more about storytelling in Waldorf schools, our colleagues at the Eugene Waldorf School have a good description of the power of stories in our curriculum.

A Teeny Tiny Story (in a Time of Social Distancing)

In this sweet story recorded by preschool lead teacher Ms. Sarah, the teeny tiny man’s picnic lunch is adapted to include social distancing from his dear bird friend. Even apart, the two friends find a way to enjoy their picnic together. In Ms. Sarah’s magical reading, social distancing feels cozy and heart-warming.

In a teeny tiny house, in a tall, tall tree
Lived the tiniest little man that you ever did see
Teeny, teeny tiny was he…

Listen to the whole story, read by Ms. Sarah, of “Teeny Tiny Man’s Separated Picnic,” below.

How are you adapting your favorite activities to social distancing today? Please share your stories.