Although the activities of play and purposeful work are central to the preschool child's experience, each day also has times of quiet reflection. Story time is a significant par of the program. Through stories and puppet shows the children learn folk and fairy tales from around the world and develop literacy skills.
Great attention is paid to the quietly of speech and the choice of words in an effort to engage the children's imaginations. Stories are told from memory so that the magic of spoken work, spiced with rhymes and little songs, can captivate the children, holding them spellbound, expanding both their vocabulary and their attention spans.
At the same time, it prepares them for the academic work that they will encounter in grade school. Listening to stories can be an excellent preparation for school achievement as evident in the intriguing statement attributed to Albert Einstein: "If you want your children to be brilliant, tell them fairy tales. If you want them to be very brilliant, tell them even more fairy tales."(Understanding Waldorf Education, 2002, p. 48-49)