I am part of a wonderful Waldorf-inspired playgroup which has grown and changed over the past 2 years. Parents take turns "leading" the group within a certain rhythm, which is the same each week. It has been amazing to watch the children flourish in this environment. So much so, that I have stepped way outside my comfort zone in leading group activities.
If it were just for me, I would have given it up a long time ago, because of the stress levels that I experience when it is my turn to lead. The storytelling, crafting, singing, etc. do not come naturally to me. I do ok with it, and the kids seem to enjoy what I have to offer, but I make myself crazy over it every time. I keep trying to find ways to streamline and simplify what I expect of myself. I try to get comfortable with repetition, but I pressure myself to do something new.
Our rhythm is basically- free play, clean up, snack, circle games or other activity, story, outdoor play. What I'm wondering is - is there a resource (or a few) that could give me everything in one shot, i.e. a story, craft, other activities/games on a specific theme that could be used for a week or 2. I'm having a hard time with the picking and choosing, and I always get more elaborate than I need to.
I hope this makes sense. I love what this playgroup does for my children. I'd just like for it to work better for me as well.
TIA for any ideas!!!
Bonnie, mama of 2 amazing little girls