Once upon a time…
The words are magic! The room grows quiet. As children lean in toward the Storyteller, their imaginations are 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)
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 a better understanding of what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes.
Here is a sampling of two programmes about positive character traits, such as:
Courage Kindness Honesty Perseverance Respect Compassion Fairness LOVE
In Another’s Shoes
Friends on the String and Foes in the Bucket (suitable for JK to Grade 3) Venture into the land of story, where anything can happen! In the world of fairytale magic, there are friends and foes. You decide: Who are the friends that stay on the Whistle String and who are the foes that fall into the Boo Bucket?
Tales from an Ugly Princess (suitable for Grades 4 to 6) Fare forth into the great unknown! In the land of story, things are not always as they appear to be. What lies beyond the beauty, or the riches, or even the witch? The answers might surprise you!
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.
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