Links to Friends

Websites

Starlite Puppets:  Storyteller Connie Manson has done wonderful work with puppets.  A great resource.

Juniper Tree Puppets:  If you sign up for their newsletter, Juniper Tree will send you great stories to tell your kids.

Oak Meadow Homeschooling Curriculum:  More great free ideas and activities from a Houston-based homeschool program.

Healing Story Alliance: a special interest group of the National Storytelling Network, about how telling oral stories can emotionally benefit children.

Articles

“How to Create Stories for Children who are Having Fears and Nightmares” by Nancy Mellon: how stories can heal, and how to make one up for a particular child’s needs

Circle Time in the Waldorf-Inspired Kindergarten: what children learn by participating regularly in a circle, and how you can do it at home!

Blogs

Lavender’s Blue: free stories, music (not just the words- you can play the songs), stories, a wonderful resource

Song and Season:  more songs, stories and crafts

Books

 Last Child in the Woods:  by  Richard Louv.  Expounds on what children learn by being out of doors and a huge inspiration for me.

Keepers Series:  Native American fairy tales and education by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac.  I love their work.

Grimm’s Fairytales:  Pantheon edition.  The big fat grandaddy of story books.  This one has the original versions.

For the Children of the World by Louise deForest:  International fairy tales.

Crafts

The Nature Corner by M.V. Leeuwen.  You are hardcore and want to make your own puppets!

Lacuma Designs: You don’t have time to make a bunch of puppets.  These are beautiful, handmade, fair trade, and inexpensive.

Mama Support (and Dads)

Steady Mom:  Jamie Martin talks with courage and honesty about the struggles of parenting and how she takes time out of the madness to care for herself.

Brene Brown: Brene has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.  Her mantra: “I’m imperfect, and I’m enough.”