Everything Tells a Story
Encouraging your child to engage in the art of storytelling doesn’t need to be complicated, it should be a normal part of your daily activity. This morning my three year old asked me where the teddy bear mug came from. It was a bit complicated as I had bought it from a charity that does DNA tests, I asked her if she wanted the long story or the short story.When she said the long story, I began to weave a tale that would transport her to a different place and engage her in the process. She has a great memory, (sometimes better than my own) and I asked her if she remembered the name of the shopping mall by the train station.After we established the time and place for the story, I then began to weave the adventure of the mother who was on her way to meet her daughter when she came across a charity who had a table selling mugs at the shopping mall. The elements to include in your story in addition to time and place are:
- beginning, middle, and end
- a main character with a distinctive feature
- a mission that needs to be accomplished
- an obstacle to accomplishing that mission
I was tempted to introduce a funny and not historically accurate obstacle into my story of buying the mug for my daughter. It would be so much more interesting if I was running late, had run out of money, or tripped and fell on my way to meet her. This time though, I opted to stick to the facts.
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