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First Grade Storytelling Course

Simple, easy to follow main lesson stories!

Course Overview

This course is designed to help you learn and improve storytelling skills. 


Yes, it would be possible to simply show these stories to students, because they are presented in full as  if being told to an audience.  However, we hope that most will attempt to tell the stories because it is such a lively experience to share that process with children young and old.

The telling of and listening to the story is the foundation of almost all of the work done in Waldorf education. So, when we are able to tell stories in a way that supports the imagination process, we give the student the best possible foundation on which to build.  

We will take each lesson to look at simple skills that enhance the entire experience of storytelling, for both the storyteller and for the listeners. We will look at classic and archetypal gestures, the overall mood appropriate for the audience you have, how to use the five physical senses to engage the full imagination of the audience, and how to appeal to the four classic temperaments. While the primary focus of this course is in relation to storytelling for First Grade Waldorf Education, the skills introduced and practiced in this course are universally applicable to any storytelling setting. 


This course includes thirty-six stories from the fairytale and folktale traditions of many cultures in the world, each one presented in full by Rev Bowen, the course instructor. As such, they are only examples of what can be done. You will be able to copy these stories and techniques.  You will also be able to apply your storytelling skills to any stories you choose to tell your student(s) or any other audiences. 

What you will learn:

  • How to read and prepare a story for presentation

  • How to "learn" a story rather than "memorize" it

  • The use of a simple storytelling opening and closing

  • Simple gestures and how to use them to enliven stories, events, and characters

  • To appeal to the five physical senses in order to engage imagination

  • What the four temperaments are and how to incorporate them into a story in order to engage your audience

What you will receive:

  • 36 Video Lessons--complete story presentations.

  • Each of the 36 lessons includes a written explanation of the storytelling skills that will be demonstrated in that story.   

  • A complete First Grade Block Rotation which will help you see how the stories work with the language arts and math lesson blocks over the course of the entire first grade year.

  • Additional resources, video and PDF articles, to deepen your understanding of the course and of Waldorf education

Who is this course for:

​This course is for homeschool parent-educators as well as teachers in a more traditional setting--or anyone anywhere in between.

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Course Content

Start Here

How to Use These Videos

What is a Course in Simply Waldorf?

General Notes Related to  Waldorf First Grade Language Arts

Main Lesson and the Main Lesson Block

A First Grade Block Rotation

Setting Up Your Classroom

"First Grade Stories" Introduction and Overview

The Importance of Stories and Storytelling

Tips and Techniques for Learning Stories

1st Grade Stories for 1st (Language Arts) and 2nd (Math) Lesson Blocks

Lesson One: The Frog Prince

Lesson Two: The Wolf and Seven Kids

Lesson Three: The Twelve Brothers

Lesson Four: Little Red Riding Hood

Lesson Five: The Language of Animals

Lesson Six: The Shoemaker and the Elves

Lesson Seven: The Queen Bee

Lesson Eight: The Bremen Town Musicians

1st Grade Stories for 3rd (Language Arts) and 4th (Math) Lesson Blocks

Lesson Nine: Hansel and Gretel

Lesson Ten: Lazy Jack

Lesson Eleven: Salt and Bread

Lesson Twelve: The Old Woman Who Lost Her DumplingLesson

Thirteen: The Bul-Bul Bird

Lesson Fourteen: Half Chick

Lesson Fifteen: Crab

Lesson Sixteen: The Donkey Driver and the Thief

1st Grade Stories for 5th (Language Arts) and 6th (Math) Lesson Blocks

Lesson Seventeen: Three Wishes

Lesson Eighteen: Anansi and the Hat-Shaking Dance

Lesson Nineteen: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Lesson Twenty: Fire on the Mountain

Lesson Twenty-One: The Hunter and His Magic Flute

Lesson Twenty-Two: The Stonecutter

Lesson Twenty-Three: Urashima

Lesson Twenty-Four: Lion Once Flew

1st Grade Stories for 7th (Language Arts) and 8th (Math) Lesson Blocks

Lesson Twenty-Five: Simple Wang

Lesson Twenty-Six: The Clever Thief

Lesson Twenty-Seven: Why Sun and Moon Live in the Sky

Lesson Twenty-Eight: The Tiger’s Whisker

Lesson Twenty-Nine: Mister Lazy-Bones

Lesson Thirty: The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal

Lesson Thirty-One: The Monkey and the Crocodile

Lesson Thirty-Two: Jack and the Beanstalk

1st Grade Stories for 9th (Language Arts) and 10th (Math) Lesson Blocks

Lesson Thirty-Three: Younde Goes to Town

Lesson Thirty-Four: Deserted Children

Lesson Thirty-Five: The Pied Piper

Lesson Thirty-Six: Gudbrand on the Hillside

(Bonus Lesson): Three Magic Oranges

Additional Resources

Pedagogical Videos

Pedagogical Articles

Appreciation Message

Waldorf First Grade Storytelling Course Overview

Waldorf Storytelling Course

First Grade

This course includes 36 stories from the fairytale and folktale traditions of many cultures in the world and fits into your Waldorf first grade curriculum. You are on your way to simple, easy to use lessons. Once you purchase the course you will have access to all of the videos and can begin your Waldorf journey now!


Waldorf homeschool storytelling lessons for a Waldorf homeschool curriculum
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Meet Our Course Creator

Rev Bowen, also co-founder of Simply Waldorf, is a seasoned Waldorf grades teacher. 

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