On Saturday, I will lead a family workshop on storytelling for kids 7 and up. Younger kids can attend if their parents come along. The workshop will be at Cops'n'Kids Lehigh Valley at the South Campus of Northampton Community College. Click on the link to find a complete list of CopsnKids events.
I am reading Story Proof by Kendall Haven. The subtitle is The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story. Haven has studied thousands of pages of reports in brain and cognitive science and they unanimously agree. Humans need stories. Humans learn best through stories. As Rudyard Kipling is purported to have said,
"If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten."
That is the truth.
I keep promising myself that I will make a list of the odd little facts, household tips, and attitudes that I have picked up from stories - either oral or written.
For instance, I learned that if you put your cream in the cup before pouring the coffee you don't need to stir. And it's true. I read that in a YA novel about a boy whose mother was a wandering diner waitress.
I learned the best way to clean up a shattered glass from a book. The book was about a boy whose father was the headmaster at the lad's school.
Things stick in your head when your hear them, or read them in a story.
So join me on Saturday and hear a good story or two.