I worked as a Storyteller every week for 18 months at a local Childminding company, who are rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Telling Traditional Folk & Fairy tales, as well as some poetry and nursery rhymes. I did improvised story rounds with the children, using their ideas to encourage confidence and increase fun. Learning is easy when its fun and child focussed. I also used story cubes with the children in a similar way. Using these techniques increases not only a childs fun, but also their listening skills, writing skills, their imagination’s, word play and free play, turn taking and patience. I tell stories from many cultures, which increases curiosity and knowledge. It is always fun and the children never tire of these sessions. They often ask me to repeat the same stories, week after week, as repetition is important, for building on the childrens story skills. This leads to some children feeling confident enough to sit in the Storytelling chair and telling a story to the group. Some of the children who have done this are as young as 4 years of age.
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