The Power of Story:
Reading with Your Child

This course introduces parents to several significant works of children’s literature which are often read in the course of a classical curriculum -- including novels, fairy tales, and picture books. It is intended to help prepare parents to engage with their children in the learning process as well as joining them in the pure enjoyment of good literature.  As we read beautiful stories together, parents will learn helpful patterns that can be applied to a broad range of future reading.  Participants will read the assigned selections over 14 weeks, becoming familiar with plots, characters, themes, and significant passages, while also discussing the power of good literature to shape the moral imagination. The assignments for the first 8 weeks of the class have been determined. In order make the course most practical to parents, early in the class schedule we will take a poll from a list of traditional works and announce the final three assignments based on the choices of enrolled parents.

Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Natalia Wooten, M.L.S.
Age Level:  Adults
Minimum Enrollment: 8
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Tuition per Semester:  $200

Class Meets: Tuesdays at 6:00 - 7:30 PM Pacific

Spring Registration is Open

(If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please contact us.  We may be able to open an additional section.)

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Natalia Wooten, M.L.S.

Natalia Wooten earned her B.A. with honors in Secondary English Education from Oral Roberts University in 2002 and married her husband, David, shortly thereafter. Upon graduation from college, she began teaching middle school in Fort Worth, Texas. She then began work on her Master’s Degree in Library Science at Texas Woman’s University, which she earned in 2007. 

In 2009, the Wooten family (which at that point included two young daughters) transplanted to Crestwood, NY for seminary. Her husband, David, was ordained to the Orthodox priesthood in 2012 and since that time, Natalia has found jobs teaching in the various cities where her husband has served, including at Miami Dade College, Paideia Classical Academy, and several online providers.  She has homeschooled their four wonderful children and currently resides in San Antonio, Texas where she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family (at least 3 seasons of the year) and eating lots of Tex-Mex food!


Booklist for The Power of Story

Amazon links for textbooks and materials are provided for the convenience of our parents and students. 
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Tending the Heart of Virtue


Favorite Fairy Tales


Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales


Voyage of the Dawn Treader


The Velveteen Rabbit


The Tale of Peter Rabbit


The Princess and the Goblin


Winnie the Pooh


Note 1: While the readings are required, these particular editions are not. If your goal is to add beautiful copies of these books to your home library, you might want to choose these copies. For the purposes of this class, feel free to use copies you already have, read them on Kindle, or even to check them out from the library if you can reliably do so. I love the Library Extension for your browser, which tells you if a book you are looking for is available in your local library,, and even Scribd.

Note 2: As mentioned earlier, there will be additional readings, which will be based on the poll results and will be announced early on in the class so that those materials can be gathered.