Helen Evans Storyteller
Planning story presentation is important if you want to achieve your goals.
An outline card is a good idea so that you have the details of the story recorded for quick reference. This is especially useful if you havenít told the story for some time. On the outline card list the main events in the story, in the correct order. Also list any aids you will need.
Telling your Story
Every story session needs a beginning, a middle and an end.
Before starting the story, capture the attention of the group. This can be done by:
Telling the story
This is the main part of a story session. I often involve the children by asking them to:
Endings and follow-up activities
At the end of the story there is time to revise the story. This gives children practice in remembering new vocabulary and recalling story details. This is a good time to involve children in some way, as conversation now doesnít interrupt the flow of the story.
A story bag contains items relevant to the story, that can be handled and/or talked about by the children. For example after telling the story of The Great Big Enormous Turnip, I have a turnip and a ladle in a bag. Many children in my community are not familiar with turnips and donít know the word ladle.
Many stories are short and there is time after to play a game. Look for games that are related to the story e.g. pass the parcel after a story about a birthday.
This child is using a magnifying glass as a follow-up activity
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