Since I don't have a column to share with you this week, I thought I would share one of the silly stories I made up for my son one night during our nightly storytelling ritual. If you want to start a storytelling ritual with your children, please see The Storytelling Advocate for a list of … Continue reading Story: Lego Boy
Merry Christmas. Wherever you are, or whatever you are celebrating today, I hope you are warm, healthy, and well-loved. And now is as good of a time as any to start what I hope will be a new tradition on this blog....my sharing stories with you. I've been thinking about it for awhile, and I don't … Continue reading Merry Christmas and My Gift to You
Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. If you’re running out of money searching for the perfect holiday gifts, remember that sometimes the best presents for young children are free. Telling stories to children is a gift they’ll never forget. When I was young, my grandmother told me … Continue reading The Gift of Story
Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on July 25, 2012.I am a self-proclaimed “storytelling advocate,” and I believe every parent should tell their own stories to their children. I’ve been thinking of ways to try to inspire parents to do this, so it was only natural that I should interview my storytelling … Continue reading Wisdom from Storyteller Winston Stephens
I'm honored that Simple Homeschool recently published a guest post that I wrote for them. It's titled "Using Storytelling in Your Home Education." I hope you'll check it out, and be sure to also check out and share my storytelling resources page. I will be focusing part of this blog on storytelling, and I hope … Continue reading Guest Post at Simple Homeschool: Using Storytelling in Your Home Education
Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on May 16, 2012. One of the best ways to engage children in the learning process is through stories. I’ve tried to use storytelling often with my children, and now that my eldest is five, he loves to be told stories. Though books are wonderful, there’s … Continue reading Using Storytelling and Puppet Shows in Homeschool
I am advocating that all parents tell their children stories. Not just any stories - but your stories. Whether made up or from our own lives, children need to hear our voices and our stories. Storytelling is an expression of love, and there is no better way to impart your values or teach your … Continue reading The Storytelling Advocate
Note: I wrote this column for the Barrow Journal in 2009 in remembrance of my friend, J.J. Reneaux. Today, February 29, 2012 is the anniversary of her death. Since it only comes around every four years, I thought I'd repost it on my blog. J.J. is the person who first taught me the importance of oral … Continue reading Remembering my friend and storyteller, J.J. Reneaux
I've been spending the last few weeks thinking and writing about storytelling because I value the importance of storytelling for my children and community. I thought I would wrap up this series on storytelling by brainstorming several reasons why storytelling is so valuable for children and adults. I hope you might contribute to my list by adding your reasons in the comments section.
We are not telling these stories to sell them. It's a one-time love offering to our children. Get your ideas anywhere! It doesn't have to be original or told with perfect diction. If it's a bad story, don't worry. You'll forget it and tell another one the next day.