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Language and Literacy: Storytelling Workshop


Besides reading books, where and when do you hear stories? How about from TV or during phone conversations? Through stories we hand down our culture and values, and connect with friends and loved ones. This workshop focuses on using storytelling to develop a child's language and literacy skills.




Where do stories come from? Where do you encounter stories? What does it take to tell a story? Why are stories important for children? List the stories that you have encountered this week. What were they about? How can you incorporate storytelling into your day?


Field Visit

What do you think children learn from stories? What do they learn from telling stories? How does storytelling help language development? What about bilingual families? What is the importance of stories to family bonding?


Follow-up Discussion

How and when is a good time to tell stories? Is there a story that your children like to hear repeatedly? Do you use props or miming? What stories do your kids tell you?


Activity: Storytelling with Simple Props

Here is your chance to think about how to apply what you've learned. How can storytelling enhance vocabulary skills? How can you make it more interactive?

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"Tips on Creating a Print Rich Environment" (281K)
"Tips on Reading with Young Children" (835K)
"Becoming a Storyteller" (189K)
"Choosing Books for Children" (294K)
"Tips on Reading and Sharing Stories" (835K)
Innovations in Storytelling (260K)
Homemade Books (268K)
Storytelling Pajama Party (222K)
Storytelling with Simple Props (183K)


Related Episodes
The Importance of Storytelling
The Importance of Storytime


Active Learning Tips
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