“There are better ways to help children engage with a story than merely reading it from a book“, says Wendy Bowkett…
Stories have so much to offer: they develop listening and communication skills, improve concentration and memory, bring experiences alive, create a sense of wonder and help sequence events. They can also provide information, widen vocabulary and make important links between the spoken and written word, as well as stimulating an interest and enjoyment of books. But the emphasis has to be on the “telling “.
While storytelling offers many benefits, it’s important for teachers to choose the right stories for young children .Stories that teach lessons and skills, stories that will make children think and discuss. To increase the benefits of telling stories, teachers also need to take the time to come up with questions and activities that will maximize the benefits that come with introducing storytelling into the classroom. Ms Seema Wahi, a popular story teller, conducted a two days’ workshop on “Story Telling and Theater” for the teachers to reflect, plan,prepare and take action.