Lately, as I work on my storytelling curriculum (it's proprietary to my client, but I can make you one if you want. :) ), I'm getting questions from the toddler teachers. Everyone knows that preschoolers love stories, but how do we bring storytelling to our smaller friends? Last week and the week before, I scoured the library for storytelling guides, and there is a TON of books available. Books from amazing storytellers and librarians, and books by teachers, and books of stories and books of tips...
How do you navigate all this information and really settle in with your story and your friends?
Here are three tips I've gleaned from amazing toddler teachers:
Toddlers love to spend special time with the grownups in their lives, and they thrive on routine, so make storytime part of your daily or weekly rhythm of activities! Have fun, and let your little friends be your guides.
Sara Renee Logan has been telling stories to everyone who would listen since she was seven. She organized storytimes for her college roommates, and spent a year at Oxford studying folklore and folktales. Many years as a Waldorf teacher allowed her to tell stories about everything from Baba Yaga's hut on chicken legs to the water cycle to the life of Joan of Arc. Sara shares her life with her partner, Melanie, their son, and an unreasonable family of pets. She continues to share her love of storytelling and stories with audiences of all ages, specializing in bringing the wild beauty of folktales to young and old. Sara writes about parenting, storytelling, and about living a life with stories.