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STORYTELLING EXPERIENCES. Once upon a time…. sandman. VARIETY in storytelling. Draw and tell Media: Tapes / cd / movie / computer Puppets Individual or group make up Flipcharts Slide stories / roller pictures Flannel boards Props. Variety in music. Listen to music

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Storytelling experiences


Once upon a time….


Variety in storytelling
VARIETY in storytelling

  • Draw and tell

  • Media: Tapes / cd / movie / computer

  • Puppets

  • Individual or group make up

  • Flipcharts

  • Slide stories / roller pictures

  • Flannel boards

  • Props

Variety in music
Variety in music

  • Listen to music

  • Finger play or actions

  • Sing / chant

  • Movement (large and small)

  • Instruments

  • Rhythm

  • props

StoryTelling :

  • More than just reading a book. It provides experiences.

  • Included in the daily schedule.

  • Develops an appreciation of books.

  • Teaches a child about the world and people around them and how to handle these.

  • Models acceptable behavior and positive relationships.

  • Develop listening skills.

  • Develops reading and language skills.

Selecting books for children
Selecting Books for Children

  • A story is only effective if the children and teacher enjoy it.

  • Fictional content

    • Reflect the child’s development level, interests, and experiences.

  • Illustrations

    • Pictures should almost tell the story themselves

    • Brightly colored, large and clearly defined objects, and avoid unneeded detail.

  • Vocabulary

    • Mostly familiar words and only introduces a few new words.

    • Repetition of words increases enjoyment and familiarity

Storytelling selection
Storytelling Selection:

  • Durability

    • Children should be able to hold, carry, and turn the pages of the books.

  • Length

    • Infants and Toddlers – focus for a few minutes

    • 2 year olds – focus for 5-8 minutes

    • 3 year olds – focus for 6-10 minutes

    • 4 year olds – focus for 8-12 minutes

    • 5 year olds – focus for 10-15 minutes

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Storytelling Selection:

  • Avoid stories that reinforce stereotypes

  • Age Appropriate

The storytelling experience
The Storytelling experience

  • Prepare to read the story

    • Become familiar with the story

    • Decide how you will present the story and practice this

  • Introduce the story and create a feeling that something special is about to happen

    • Ask questions

    • Make a personal comment

    • Show the book cover

    • Make a prediction based on a certain page in the story

    • Show a prop that relates with the story.

    • Define new words

Begin telling the story
Begin Telling The Story..

  • Show the front of the book and Read the title and the Author

    • Ask the children to predict what the book will be about.

    • Take a picture walk and talk about the pictures.

      • I wonder why the insects are hiding?

  • Teach reading skills:

    • Books have pictures and words – which do we read ?

    • Pages turn from left to right

    • Books have a front and a back

    • Books are to be right side up when reading

Characteristics of a good story teller

Voice - Change tone & pitch to make the story come alive

Facial Expression

Eye Contact

Speed - Slow Down, follow child’s cue

Volume - Loud enough for whole group

Speak Clearly

Talk about the pictures – you do not have to read the words or the entire story

Have fun with the story

  • Tell the story

    • Storytelling is like putting on a play. Remember eye contact.

  • Handling Interruptions

    • Address comments and Answer questions as they occur. If this becomes excessive, hold all questions and comments until the end.

  • Maintaining interest

    • Watch children’s laughter, expressions, and stillness

    • Use emphasis, talk faster, skip parts, ask questions

  • Ending the Story

    • The ending should be clear – “What did you like / learn?”