Once upon a time…
The words are magic! The room grows quiet, as children lean in toward the Storyteller, their imaginations already captured while they so easily cross over the threshold into the land of story, where anything can happen!
But there is more going on:
Neuroscience is discovering that the brain is wired to organize, retain and access information through story. If that is true, then when you teach through story, your children will be able to remember what is taught, access that information, and apply it more readily. (Sherry Norfolk)
It has long been said that through story children learn without knowing they are being taught.
Here is a sampling of the programmes I offer:
In Another’s Shoes – Stepping into character traits such as Courage, Kindness, Honesty, Self-discipline and Perseverance promote healthy relationships. Folk and Fairy Tales connect listeners with the feelings and deeds of the characters in the stories. Relating to the “underdog” paves the way to empathy and the ability to walk in someone else’s shoes.
Once Upon a Time – Folk and Fairy Tales, Medieval times, Tricksters, Wise & Foolish Folk, and Urban legends are performances with connections to meet school curriculum levels.
Canada 150! – Celebrate with Canadian folk tales, tall tales and true tales blended with Canadian folksongs. I bring my guitar and often the ocean drum among other sounds. Hear stories about The Children & the Sasquatch, The Skunk in Tante Odette’s Oven, and the mystery of the ghost ship. Join in with the Ogopogo song and Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor!
Story Slams – These are so much fun! Recommended for Grades 9 – 12, the premise is a friendly forum where the stories are no more than 5 minutes in length and sometimes based on a theme. They are most often true or tall tales and can incorporate folktales. To prepare, there is a week’s worth of hourly training in choosing or composing, learning how to craft and then rehearsing stories for the Slam.
“After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” — Philip Pullman