ERIC Number: ED329354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-13
You Are a Storyteller!
The aim of this presentation is to persuade early childhood educators that they can and should tell stories to children in their preschool classes, day care homes, or centers. The story of Scheherezade is retold in order to illuminate the points that: (1) traditional stories share a basic, satisfying structure which, regardless of the details of the particular story, asserts to the listener that, in some mysterious way, life makes sense; and (2) trustworthy relationships with others are possible. Children seek reassurance on these two points. It is suggested that one begin telling stories to children by selecting a story that involves physical imitation and simple verbal participation. Children will imitate both physically and emotionally. The reader can model the emotions of story characters with tone of voice, facial expression, and gestures. Readers can also watch and respond to emotions registered on children's faces, and ensure that no child becomes too upset. Additional guidelines and reflections are offered. An appendix provides a list of stories for beginning storytellers to tell to preschoolers that is arranged according to the age of the child. A storytelling bibliography of 14 items is also provided. (RH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children (October 13, 1990).