Thursday, November 5, 2009

Storytelling: culture, community & development

I recently discovered a really great article on storytelling! 
Check out the whole article from the Reading Is Fundamental website (RIF) here

Storytelling is an ancient art that teaches cultural history, builds community and family bonds, and allows the speaker to connect on an affective level with others.  Here are some points from the article that emphasize the importance of storytelling in the lives of children:

  • Verbalizing characters' emotions/fears help children better understand their own emotional selves
  • Children learn proper sequence of events
  • Telling stories to others builds confidence
  • Children develop strong vocabularies
  • Stories often allow children to better appreciate other cultures
    Also, check out the National Storytelling Network website for more useful information on storytelling.  Fun!