“Every child is a storyteller,” or at least has the potential to be one. Thus is the belief of the people behind “The Kids WriteShop*,” an “integrated balanced literacy program” spearheaded by EducAsian Learning, Inc. in cooperation with Ayala Museum’s Filipinas Heritage Library.
Ms. Rodita Lemon Salonga, the main mentor for “The Kids WriteShop,” is an international school educator and reading expert and specialist. She says:
“I believe children are natural storytellers. Children’s natural curiosity and imagination help them in their storytelling. At their young age they value memorable experiences by sharing them with others – these can be both happy events and events that caused them to be sad.
For the benefit of our readers who are involved in the education of children – parents, teachers, etc. – Ms. Salonga shares the following tips on how to help kids be storytellers:
1. Support their imagination
How many times does a child come to us asking us to play teatime with them, or pretend to be superheroes. These scenarios are evidence of great imaginations. Help them create these “imaginary worlds” — provide them with the props to use, the setting to create or the vocabulary in their dialogues.
2. Ask questions not to always correct them, but to clarify
If children ask a lot of questions we adults should too. But we should try to make sure that our questions are meant to clarify what they are trying to express, not to always correct what they are thinking.
As adults, we can tell if children are expressing stories based on their imagination or based on something real. By asking questions for clarification, we help them create a complete story. We always want them to stick to the events of their story, and come up with a simple beginning, middle and end. A reaction from the reader is always a gauge of a good story.
3. Share your own stories
Children love to hear stories from people they love and adore. They like to make that connection that their parents were once their age. It is fascinating for some children to hear stories from their own parents, or even grandparents about the games they played or even the times they got in trouble. I have a lot of experiences in class where my students love to retell their parents’ stories – they serve as motivation to tell their own stories.
For more information about The Kids’ Writeshop visit EducAsian-Learning.asia.
Originally published at trulyrichandblessed.com.