All children, including babies, love stories.
Children are naturally good listeners, even when you think they are not paying attention. Young children learn most of their language and communication skills through listening.
Developmental appropriateness is one of the first things to consider when preparing to tell a story. Children who have been “read to,” “spoken to,” and encouraged to speak develop advanced language skills.
Storytelling opens up channels of communication and linguistic development. It encourages participation and develops confidence and a sense of self-esteem.
We live our lives through narrative and the earlier we start the better.
A 2 hour Certificate of Completion is issued for the workshop.
EXCERPT FROM STORYTELLING WORKSHOP
Developmental appropriateness is the first factor to consider when preparing to tell a story. All children can listen to stories starting in infancy. Books for infants and toddlers have very basic storylines and simple colourful illustrations. A typical infant may have only a few hardboard or quilt cushioned like pages. The story may be something like a tour through a farmyard to learn about animal sounds.
Farm animal sounds can also be the basis of a good developmentally appropriate story as well. After sharing a book about farm animals on several occasions, an infant will gain familiarity with those sounds and you can incorporate them into a simple story, perhaps about a cow finding some grass or a dog looking for a bone. Props such as puppets and toys are a good way to get infants and toddlers interested in stories, but as children approach the preschool age try not to emphasize props, as they will be encouraged to focus on the language. It doesn’t matter if the infant doesn’t understand all the words and gestures, or anything else in the storytelling. The social connection between infant and caregiver is the most important aspect in the early stages. The interaction reinforces bonds and stimulates brain development.