Here is part 2 in Jennie’s excellent series “When Teachers Tell Their Stories”
In Part 1, I talked about storytelling, true stories, “It happened like this” stories. I had always read aloud to children, but telling them my stories was different. It turned out that I had discovered another pathway to language and literacy, with a bonus of children bonding with their teacher. Children then began to tell their own stories as well. This was big!
Storytelling is important to young children because oral language is the key to reading readiness. It’s also a key to academic success. Think about it; in early elementary school the primary source of instruction is oral. At school, I tell stories every day at lunchtime. They are true stories from my childhood and adulthood. Everyone knows “Jennie stories”. Decades after children leave my class, they still remember those stories. Over the summer, I thought I would share some of those with you, and perhaps…
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