I am a storytelling advocate, and I consider it my job to convince parents to make up stories and use the oral tradition as part of their parenting repertoire. This year I’ve been working on a resource for parents to help them do this. It will include at least the following: Why Should Parents Tell … Continue reading I Need Your Help Creating a Resource Guide on Storytelling for Parents.
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
First, I'd like to thank Simple Homeschool for listing my column "On Homeschooling, Socialization and Religion" on their weekend links! Photography Friends - I have also done some renovation on my photography website, and if you are interested in photography, I'd like you invite you to follow me on my photo blog. While homeschooling, I don't … Continue reading Worthy Reads & Blog Business
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
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
If there’s one New Year’s resolution I make this year, it will be to remember that my actions have a larger meaning than I usually give them credit for. Without my knowing it, something I said, did or wrote could affect someone miles away, long after I’m gone. I hope you’ll remember that too. You matter. We all matter.