Fridays 4:00 CDT
Saturdays 10:00 CDT (GMT - 05:00)
What do we do for 90 minutes at the Story Table?
Welcome - 8 minutes
We greet each other and share how we're doing!
Storytelling - 25 minutes
No passive listening here! Kids improvise and contribute ideas!
Dance - 15 minutes
Kids lead by sharing their own dance moves and get great exercise!
Draw - 15 minutes
Quietly and independently, kids draw what they heard in the story.
Sharing - 15 minutes
Kids have spotlighted time to share their drawing and see what other kids did!
Questions - 10 minutes
We have a real conversation about the moral of the story.
Closure - 5 minutes
Everyone thanks each other and has a final dance 'round the table!
"We have been enjoying the Story Table since 2021 when we were lucky to find Nicholas and his amazing stories he shares with all of us! Story Table is a time where you are transported to a magical place, filled with adventures across many parts of the world but that is not all, as the whole family enjoys the dancing and contemplative coloring parts of each meeting. Nicholas has a way of engaging with both children and grown-ups creating a living story. He also brings diversity by speaking different languages and hosting guests from diverse cultural backgrounds, so each story is a treat. We can’t thank him enough for all that he does! He truly is a wonderful person."
Please contact Nicholas for more information.
The story of Sadko And The King Of The Sea is about discovering unforeseen possibilities when you live with authenticity. This clip shows active student participation and improvisation!
After listening (and flying) to
The Eagle and The Condor, a child and an elder both respond to a young girl's timeless question: "Why did they fight about who has the best?"
We made our own wreaths for Midsummer! This clip shows how improvisation and everyday objects are used to engage everyone in a joyful celebration!
The story of Stone Soup is about how much we actually need each other to succeed. This clip shows how vital the active participation of children is in shaping the story.
The story of The Golden Gourd is about honesty and integrity. This clip shows how kids contribute to the story and lead movements in the dance.
The story of The Eagle Who Thought He Was A Chicken, is about learning to know ourselves better. This clip shows our "flying" dance and continues by showing how illustration is used to help children reflect upon the images and lessons in the story.
The story of The Blossom Tree is about befriending the smallest and often forgotten voices. This clip shows how we improvise using just our hands and feet!
Storytelling, dancing and drawing out on the edge of the prairie! The Magic Garden is a story about generosity and compassion.
The ancient story Dreaming of Treasure is about looking for that which is already inside you.
The clip demonstrates student involvement and concludes by showing a dance that is part of every Story Table session.