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50+ Storytelling Ideas

50+ Storytelling Ideas
I’ve always loved being drawn into a great book. I also enjoy writing and creating stories myself. My son (age 2.5) is at the perfect stage for storytelling. He walks around with his cars, stuffed animals, and other toys setting scenes and talking about their actions. Whether he’s retelling events that have happened to him in real life or making up fantastically improbable stories, he is practicing language skills, and his imagination is hard at work. I’ve collected 65 storytelling ideas from around the web. Start Here When looking for storytelling telling ideas, I believe the best place to start is at A Mom With A Lesson Plan. Teach storytelling to your kids by writing love stories. Learn how to make storytelling cards {how to have your kids make them}. Learn how to use storytelling cards {once the cards are made, here are tips for using them}. Basic Storytelling for Toddlers – this is my favorite post – learn how to tell stories about your little ones. Story Bags Story Stones Set the Stage

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Drawing and story telling with a purple crayon While I read the classic tale of “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson to my students, I invited them to draw and tell me their own purple crayon story… (Be sure to click here if you are having trouble viewing the photos in your email) I have several versions of “Harold and the Purple Crayon” and I went ahead and shared two of my versions with the children. While I read our first version of the book, the children were given a crayon and a clipboard to draw their own stories… Some of the children drew while I was telling the story while others waited until the story was finished before they began to draw. Pixar’s Rules of Storytelling in Lego Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling were first tweeted by story artist Emma Coats in 2012. Alex Eylar, aka ICanLegoThat, has taken 12 of these rules and illustrated them using Lego. Enjoy!

10 Crafts and Activities for Boys December always seems to be the month for "Best of" lists. So, with my almost 8-year old son's help, I've compiled this collection of 10 of the best "Boy-Approved" crafts and activities we've done here at Come Together Kids. A Teacher Shares: 7 No-fail ways to help your struggling reader! Share with a friend or save for later... I absolutely love my job! I get to spend the day reading to kids, reading with kids and doing everything humanly possible to get them to recognize the importance of reading… and get paid to do it! Okay… so you know that reading is important. (And in case you missed that memo… check here for my post on the importance of reading.) But what type of reader do you have in your house?

Tell Me a Story... - Crafting Connections It’s such a simple request – “tell me a story” – yet finding the right words isn’t always easy. Sometimes you need a little prompt to get the words flowing. David Sewell McCann, from Sparkle Stories, offered 4 tips on how to follow the thread and tell an intuitive story, the most important being – let go, allow your story to be whatever it is and trust that it is right. Beautiful, sage advice – advice I want to put into practice – but I admit, sometimes trying to tell a story is still, well, trying! So perhaps a couple more prompts would be helpful?

The Thinker Builder: 7 Ways to Get Kids Deeper into Text Right Now All students are capable of thinking deeply about a text. But that doesn't mean it's easy. And often it doesn't come naturally. Sometimes it feels like if you can just unlock the right door for them, students will get to that deeper level of understanding that you push them towards, or to that opinion supported by text evidence, or to that thoughtful, critical view of an article. While I certainly don't think there is a "magic formula," I do know some things we can do and say as teachers to help. I have seven easy ways for you to get kids thinking deeper about what they are reading.

How To Make Story Stones and Facilitate Group Storytelling Do you love stories? I absolutely do! Today (as I appear here after nearly two weeks) my head is buzzing with dozens of stories to tell you all from the past two weeks – stories about the Bookaroo storytelling festival, stories about the Hindi Plays (based on Munshi Premchand’s stories) that we saw, stories about the guests that we hosted and their curious questions about why we homeschool Pari, AND stories from Pari’s 7th birthday party. BUT, I’ll keep this post focused on ‘story stones’ (an interesting way to tell/generate stories) and save those other stories for future posts. Is that okay with you?

Your Paper Brain and Your Kindle Brain Aren't the Same Manoush Zomorodi, managing editor and host of WNYC's New Tech City, recalls a conversation with the Washington Post's Mike Rosenwald, who's researched the effects of reading on a screen. “He found, like I did, that when he sat down to read a book his brain was jumping around on the page. He was skimming and he couldn’t just settle down. He was treating a book like he was treating his Twitter feed," she says.

Fairytale Storytelling Basket Create a story basket full of storytelling props to retell favourite fairy tales together in a playful way! So easy to set up with items from around the house and beneficial for so many strands of early literacy development. As part of our on-going Playful Storytelling series, co-hosted with the gorgeous blog, One Perfect Day, we are presenting fun ways to explore fairy tales with kids. My children love traditional tales and they are my favourite type of story too because they can be told without books, thus celebrating and practising the essential art of oral storytelling together. Being able to tell a story without a book encourages greater eye contact, intonation and variation in voice, use of richer vocabulary and a closer bond during the process.