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Why Storytelling

Our lives are stories. These, and the stories around us, form a powerful sense of who we are and who we will become. We tell stories everyday, as we interact with our families, friends, teachers, and colleagues. Storytelling is part of what makes us human.

Sometimes we confuse activity with accomplishment. Nowadays we live our lives at such a fast pace that we need permission to take a break. Storytelling gives us that opportunity. Stories give peace to our minds and feed our souls, so that we can meet the world renewed and with new vitality.

Imagination is like a muscle, it needs exercise, just as our legs and arms do. In a world of passive media, stories and storytelling activities play an important role in strengthening imagination.

• Stories can give us a moral compass and teach us to value ourselves, respect others and care for the world. They can inspire us to achieve more than we believed was possible.

• In addition to improving skills in reading and writing, many also benefit from improved self- awareness, visual imagery and cultural knowledge.

• Stories bring facts to life. Telling stories is like feeding us bread rather than stones.

• Storytelling has the ability to motivate children to connect with their learning across the curriculum, and can be used in all subjects.

• Scientific studies, together with anecdotal evidence from educational psychologists, confirm what we know instinctively to be true that children who are exposed to storytelling, both as listeners and as tellers, have better literacy skills including fluency, vocabulary, writing and recall

• What we are seeking to achieve with storytelling is not a short term quick-fix, but a powerful tool which will encourage the pursuit of lifelong literacy and learning.

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