Residency Overview: The Creative Beginnings Storytelling residency introduces the art and joy of storytelling to young children. Participating teachers will come to understand how storytelling broadens our awareness of other cultures and gives us a deeper understanding of our own. Storytelling encourages the same skills that children will need when they begin reading. Through storytelling, children learn that reading is engaging and fun and can transport them to different worlds. Storytelling teaches that stories follow a logical sequence of events, and have a beginning, middle, and end. By learning the story elements as pre-readers, children are able to predict events in stories when they are reading on their own. Storytelling also enhances the emotional bond between the teller and the child.
Storytelling is terrific for circle time as well as nap times and transition times. Limit distractions so the child can tune into you and your story. Be sure to learn the plot of the story ahead of time so that you can tell your story without referring to any text. Let your imagination create voices, sounds, chants, and rhymes for your story. Storytelling needs little or no materials. It is most effective when the teller is focusing on connecting with the listeners. In fact, props and puppets often complicate this simple folk art. In this art form, less is more!
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