“A Wheel of Wonder: Storytelling Curriculum of the Wheel of the Year Designed for Pagan Kids” encourages kids to develop wonder relating to the natural world, mythology, and Pagan religious traditions. It could also be used by families who are interested in earth-centered spirituality but who do not specifically identify as Pagan.
This digital access includes:
- Nine lessons (one introductory and eight sabbats) of original stories where children encounter various Gods and Goddesses through the course of a full year. The stories are written for storytellers and designed to be told using Montessori-style manipulatives (make your own or order a set from our website) which can easily be made and kept from year to year. The stories include lists of materials, opening, and closing, along with photos of the manipulatives. There is an introductory story, which could be helpful to use first regardless of what time of year you begin using the stories. You could begin with any story. Many NeoPagan traditions count Samhain at the end of October, though you could begin them at any time. Or all of the stories could be told at times other than the actual holidays.
- PDF files and Word files of images to be used with the stories – Nearly all of the stories can be illustrated with the images in these file, printed on cardstock and laminated. – If you would prefer to be able to change the size of the images, etc, use the Word files. (If you right click on the image in Word, you can change the size of that image). The stories will be enhanced by the use of some 3D objects, but if necessary these images could be printed as well. I chose images that to my knowledge are in “public domain” or were listed as “royalty free” clip art, and I believe I have stayed true to copyright laws under fair use for educational purposes.
- Activity ideas: Each lesson includes a feast suggestion and one or two art activities. Most of the art extensions are simple, so they require little instruction. The only exception to this are the “Brigid’s Crosses” out of chenille stems. I have included full instructions in a PDF for this art activity. I also have included “extension cards” for each story that could be made available for older students who can read.
- Instructions on how to make children’s pentacle, wand, athame, and chalice for use in feast blessing during each children’s ritual.