I recently started a Waldorf-inspired home nursery and I'm working on building my circle time resources. Right now I have a very young group (ages 1-4) and in the fall I will have a wide age range (2-6). So far the kids are loving circle time as long as I keep it simple and full of movement. They also really need simple repetitive stories rather than more complicated fairy tales (The Enormous Turnip and The Little Red Hen were big hits but The Ugly Duckling flopped for the younger ones) so I think the Wynstones series will be too advanced. It's hard for me to invest in books that I can't browse through so I was hoping to get more recommendations! Music, circle, fingerplay, and story collections for little ones that you love? Favorite collections of the most simple nursery stories? Thanks! :)
Try MainLesson.com in the kindergarten section for stories... I love The Singing Day and the Singing Year for songs (book w/cd). At such a young age I also think making up simple stories is sometimes easier than finding engaging ones. =) You may also look into Christohperus' "Joyful Movement" book... and I am able to find thick books of Fingerplays/Rhymes at the library. You can also see if your library can order a copy of A Child's Seasonal Treasury from another library (if I pay $1 or something like that they search through half the country for me, I've gotten resources from the Southwest and I am in NY!). Have you checked out Marsha Johnson's Yahoo Group (WaldorfHomeEducators)? She has free files with some content like that...
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