Let's tell a Story
Story telling is an ancient art form. Before electricity became ubiquitous, people would gather together to hear stories. The old story tellers had tales appropriate for every occasion, births, marriages, deaths, and the story tellers themselves acted as the lore keepers of the community.
Story telling is the grandmother, of art forms. without which theatre, cinema, even the soap opera would not have existed. Yet now, story telling, in its original form is often treated as the Cinderella art, ignored, or regarded as something to amuse small children if there is nothing on the television.
Telling a story has some very special advantages.
Everyone has a story to tell.
- It allows children to visualise, to make their own pictures.
- New vocabulary and a wide variety of spoken language styles can be shared.
- Story telling encourages development of memory skills.
- All these skills are essential for effective learning as well as creative thinking.
It is important that everyone feels that their stories, their experiences are worth the telling, particularly as you get older. Collecting and sharing reminiscences is a valuable part of story telling.
- On this site you will find pointers and tips for telling stories yourself
- Ideas for, and examples of, story telling in practise in the community
- Story telling games and activities
- The stories of "All Because of a toothbrush"and St Brendan's Treasures, full length collaborative novels created by primary age children, through the use of story telling.
STORY TELLING IS INCLUDED IN THE DESCRIBE PROJECT HANDBOOK AND CDROM AVAILABLE FROM Longford Library - 043 3341124