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Autumn
January 5th, 2003, 09:56 AM
I am helping to prepare a Candlemas service for my UU church. There is a point where the children go up to the front and hear a story, I looked in circle round but both stories there were too long and complex, does anyone here have any suggestions?

I thank you in advance...

FaeRain
January 5th, 2003, 11:31 AM
Have you checked out the book "Circle Round - Raising Children in Goddess Traditions" by Starhawk, Diane Baker and Anne Hill? They include stories, myths, Goddess + God background, craft ideas and recipes for Candlemas, as well as the all the other special days...holidays as well as coming of age rituals.

We love this book, and use it regularly.

FaeRain

FaeRain
January 5th, 2003, 12:39 PM
I just noticed that you had looked in Circle Round. It's amazing what a cup can do for one's eyesight!

Sorry! I guess I have no suggestions - or bananas - today.

Autumn
January 5th, 2003, 11:29 PM
Thank you for trying...

I learned today it isn't so simple as read a story...They really want something a little more interactive, something that gets the kids thinking.

Hmmm...

Danustouch
January 6th, 2003, 12:07 AM
Check out some of the Archives of Llewellyns Magickal Almanac. I know that some older editions have some sabbat stories for children...think there is one for Candlemas... have you thought of just taking some of the "themes" and writing your own story?

Danustouch
January 6th, 2003, 12:11 AM
Check out this Yahoo Group for Pagan Homeschooling. I think there might be some stories in the Archives.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eldertreepaganhomeschool/messages/195

Faery-Wings
January 6th, 2003, 08:27 AM
Here is another Brigit story:
http://pages.ivillage.com/paganparent/brigit.html

To make it interactive , could you let the kids act out portions of it? Or one thing I used to do with my kids when I was teaching is to make a flannel board out of the story.. Color in pictures or print them off the comouter of things from the story- laminate them or glue them to oak tag. Glue on a piece of felt to the back of each picture. Get a board covered in felt or flannel and then as you tell the story, you put the pictures on the board, move them around or whatever the story tells it to do.

Does that make sense? I have to run and get my kids up for school, so I am typing quickly. Post back or pm me if you want better directions- it is very easy to do and will capture the attention of kids of all ages.

Faery-Wings
January 6th, 2003, 11:09 AM
I found a few more stories:
http://www.witch-crafted.com/story.htm
(The Wizard and the Spring Maiden)

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/kdyer/meagan/imbolc.html

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/kdyer/meagan/imbolc.html
Here, the story ritual for Imbolc could be acted out by the children if you scale it down, depending on their ages.

Hope these help a bit.

BB

Autumn
January 6th, 2003, 04:04 PM
Oh my Goddess! Thank you Chryssi!

I have to dig into this stuff yet, been doing laundry all darn day! :(

I will PM you if I need help...

Mille merci!

Faery-Wings
January 6th, 2003, 05:39 PM
You are very welcome. I hope the links and ideas help.