Edinburgh Steiner School

Oral Tradition

Uniquely, our teachers tell stories to their pupils rather than read to them from a book – a skill that is particularly important in the Kindergarten and Lower School.

In this way, eye contact is maintained which generates an atmosphere of wonder and an emotional connection between the storyteller and the audience. The importance of actively listening helps younger pupils to develop the habit of settling themselves physiologically and psychologically.

When this happens, the imagination can truly take over so that the child learns how to create for themselves the mental pictures that accompany the story. As well as developing independent thought, it provides an aid to speech development and enhances the vocabulary.

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