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Journey of Analise Sample

Journey of Analise Sample

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Published by: Kristie Karima Burns on Dec 27, 2010
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The Journey of Analise
26-Part Children's Story About the Temperaments inInstallments with a Study Guide
To listen or download the complete story visithttp://www.waldorfradio.com/
Important: The blue italicized words below are not part of the story. They are annotations.
Note: This is a story that explores the temperaments in many aspects through a the journey of a young girl. Information about the temperaments and typology are woven into the story. For thisfirst section I am going to annotate everything. You should listen to (at www.WaldorfRadio.com ordownload the MP3s) or tell the story. After the story talk about the temperaments and how they are woven into the story. Explore the questions that are listed after each section as well. You WILLneed to give the children a little introduction to the temperaments. That is included in the guidefor this unit. It is different from the introduction for adults. There are 25 stories. I will send youthe guides as follows:Guide One: Days 1-7Guide Two: Days 8-13Guide Three: Days 14-19Guide Four: Days 20-26
The font that is blue, bold and italicized are the notes and study guide to the story
regular black font is the story itself. The story is suitable for all ages. The study guide isintended for children ages ten and up.
Day One
There once was a little girl named Analise who live in a place where they didn’t have four seasons.She didn’t understand why. She had beautiful picture books in her home that showed squirrelsgathering nuts and children making snowmen, but where she lived there was no snow and noacorns. When she was a baby and a toddler she didn’t really notice there was anything differentabout where she lived. However, as she grew older she noticed. She waited. She waited and waitedfor the acorns and the squirrels to come. She waited for the snow to come but it never did. Finally,one day when she was 9 she asked her mother, “Mother, I have been waiting for 9 years for thesnow but it still has not come. When will it come?”Her mother replied, “We have never seen snow in this area. We don’t get snow here. You wouldhave to live somewhere else to see snow. Perhaps in Russia, or in the mountains, or in Canada or Alaska or Switzerland or somewhere else.” Analise was very sad. But she was not the kind of person to sit around being sad.
Q: What temperament do you think Analise is if she “is not the kind of person to sit around being sad”? You can continue to guess each day and see. Her temperament will be revealed later. You can just chat about this or you can send your answersto the list and discuss them there.
She never lost hope that things could change and she knew that if she was creative and made aneffort that she could be part of that change. So she decided to think of a solution to her problem.She wanted snow, she would figure out how to find the snow. She would find a way.The first step was to study snow. What was snow? Where did it come from and what did it look like? Analise pulled all the picture books off of her shelf and found all the pictures of snow and winter-time and of the other seasons too and studied the pictures long and hard. She saw thatsnow was cold, and it was white and bluish and it was wet. Snow was like cold rain. Snow could belike shaved ice or ice cream. Suddenly she had an idea. She knew what snow was like… Analise pulled out her gem collection and looked at each stone one by one. She had amethyst, rosequartz, obsidian and even a fossil. But the stone that reminded her most of the winter was the bluesolodite stone. She pulled it out and placed it on the table. But then another stone caught her eye…a moonstone.
Guide: This is our first hint into how the four seasons can be compared to other things. Here I am comparing them to different gemstones. What else can you find that you can compare to the four seasons? This story will talk about the four seasons and the four temperaments. Can you find other fours? What about the four math processes of add, subtract, divide and multiply? Which temperament would you put each of these in? Question: Here is a story about the four math processes and the four temperaments. After reading the story think about other things in fours other thangems, seasons, math or people? .
The Four Temperaments Want to PlayCopyright Kristie BurnsThere once were four children who loved to play together but they all had trouble getting along becausethey were all of a different temperament. Sofi the Sanguine was like a butterfly and she always flitted  from place to place, she loved so many things she could not decide what to do first. Sometimes when thechildren were right in the middle of the most enjoyable game she would just decide she wanted to do something else. Or perhaps she would see something interesting like a flower or a bird and she would  stop to look at them. She was always asking the other children – can’t we just do everything? She would always say, “Why do we have to choose a game? Can’t we just divide our ideas and split them into a lot of ideas and then we have more to do and we don’t have to do it at once?” Francis the Phlegmatic was a very relaxed child, not like Sofi the Sanguine at all! He liked to sit and watch the games mostly. He enjoyed the company of his dear friends, but sometimes their activity level 
was just too much for him and he was not fond of doing new things all the time. He liked to play the same games a lot. So every time the children would get together to play Francis would ask if they could  please just take something away from the schedule they had created. He would say, “Do we have to playa board game and do a play about dragons AND go for a hike? Can’t we just take something away fromthat? Why don’t we just subtract something from our schedule and only do one or two things today?” Well, it was always Clara the choleric that was the first to argue with that. She had so much energy and  so many ideas and such an amazing imagination that it took a lot to keep HER entertained all day. Thethought of doing only one or two things made her feel jumpy. So she would jump around and say “no,no, no! Two or three games is not enough! Why don’t we make this big list of games we want to play and we can just play lots and lots of games today” She would always ask if they could perhaps multiply thethings they planned to do. Can’t we just do twice as many things today? Or how about three times asmany things? When the kids suggested two activities she would want to do four. When they suggested  four, then she would suggest eight. It was like that with cookies too. When her mom would give her acookie she would ask for two. And if she got two she would ask for four…but then that’s ANOTHER story!Well, all this disagreeing upset Melody the Melancholic child. She loved everything to be in order and when they were not, it would upset her. She listened to Francis the Phlegmatic wanting to subtract games from their schedule and she listened to Sofi the Sanguine trying to divide the day into a hundred games.Then she listened to Clara the Choleric child wanting to multiply everything they suggested and she just wanted to scream! So finally, every time they got in this same discussion she would say “Ok, OK, OK! Stop arguing everyone. Why don’t we be fair together and just each choose one activity and then add them together? It is always fair and organized to add things. That way we are not taking away from someone, we are not dividing ideas up and we are not multiplying our tasks – we are just adding together what we all want and then we can come to an agreement.”  So, on this particular day it was very snowy out and so Francis suggested that they go sledding near hishouse. He loved sledding. He did it every winter. And then, right after he would drink hot chocolate withmarshmallows! Clara listened to his suggestion with open eyes and waited. And she waited. “Is that  ALL?” she said, “You mean we have all day together and all you want to do is TWO things???? I would be bored if we did even twice as many things as that. We could go sledding, drink hot chocolate, build a snowman and eat some cookies. That would be FOUR things we could do - twice as many things as you suggested and I would still have more energy!Of course, at that point, Sofi started to get a little anxious. “Why are we sitting around talking about all this? Why don’t we just start playing? We can divide your ideas in two and do everything, but not all at once! Why don’t we do TWO things, like go sledding and have hot chocolate and then later we can doTWO more things like building a snowman and eating cookies? But Melody had a better idea. “We can still do four things,” she said, “but how about we each chooseone so it is fair? If Francis chooses ONE and Sofi chooses ONE thing and Clara chooses ONE thing and I choose ONE thing that will still be FOUR things but then we each got to choose instead of arguing. Everyone agreed that adding their ideas together would be the best idea in this situation so they all choseone of their favorite things to do. Francis chose to go sledding, Sofi chose to drink hot chocolate with alot of marshmallows, Clara chose to eat cookies with the hot chocolate and Melody chose to sit by the fire and warm up after playing outside.

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A wonderful Advent story - read a chapter each day after you open the box on your Advent Calendar!
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