Telling stories is important for so many reasons. When you tell stories to a small child, you teach them cause and effect, values, vocabulary. And you engage in a personal way. When you read a book, the words are the same every time you open the book. That is the way it should be. But when you tell a story, you invite the listener to mold the story along with you. It is a communion and an art.
Telling stories in books is wonderful, too. My love of books springs from my love of stories. Devouring books is necessary for me because no one can tell me stories fast enough. Stories can be real - tales of your own life, or pretend - made up stories with fantastic beasts and flying people. The best stories are all true. If they are not true, no one wants to repeat them.
Story Arts website has resources for teachers and tellers, games, lesson plans, books, CDs, and, of course, stories.
StoryFUSION) a few years ago. She was engaging and informative and inspiring. Check out her site to learn more.