The importance of storytelling

There were times that oral storytelling ruled. It was a great way to tell people about their history, to settle their arguments, and to come to grasps with all sorts of aspects of the phenomena of the world around them.

Then later came along the written word with all its mysteriously looking symbols. For quite a while, just the privileged and the rich and privileged were having access to these wonders, but over time, signs, books, memos, pamphlets, cereal boxes, letters, even constitutions and countless other types of writing were appearing everywhere people turned up.

The ability to write and read now was ruling many lands. The art of oral storytelling was done away with as foolishly old-fashioned. Sure, in more casual ways people were continuing to tell stories across dinner tables, at bedtime, or around campfires, but storytelling as a great learning tool was no longer respected and became almost forgotten.

Why Storytelling should be included in school

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What exactly is storytelling?

Storytelling is different things to different people. Stories are used to impart history, teach important life values & lessons, explain the world around us, or are simply told for fun.

Storytelling is a spoken art form that encourages the audience to participate through their imaginations in creating a story with that teller.

Stories can be personal tales from an individual’s life; folktales, fairy tales, myths & legends that have been handed down for generations or original stories unique to that particular teller. A campfire, supper table, stage, business meeting, classroom or anywhere there is a willing audience can be a setting for sharing tales. Storytelling is for everyone. Families, children, and adults all enjoy a good story.

Often a storyteller is alone on stage when performing, but he or she may use props such as puppets, pictures or costumes. Musical instruments, dance or song can also accent a performance. Most tales are told from memory and not made up on the spot, but don’t be surprised if a teller adlibs as he or she recounts an old favorite. Enter the world of storytelling and let it take you as far as your imagination will allow.

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Great Ideas For Classroom Bulletin Board Decorations

Classroom bulletin boards are a great way to both liven up the scenery and get kids excited about learning and feeling connected to their classroom. They are also a great way to communicate with the kids and leave reminders as well as show off the students’ achievements to visitors to the classroom.

There are many different bulletin board decorations that you can consider here are just a few of them:

Bulletin Board Decorations for the Start of the School Year – Since school begins just as fall is around the corner many teachers choose a fall theme for their start of year bulletin boards. This is also a great time for teachers to post new class lists so that everyone knows who is who and asking the students to write a little about what they did over the summer and posting those essays is always a popular idea amongst teachers as well.

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How to keep your child reading during the summer

It’s almost the start of summer vacation. Already children are moping around whining about nothing to do. Parents are scrambling to fill the void left by closed classroom doors. Of course, closed doors don’t necessarily mean closed books. With a little ingenuity and direction, parents can not only banish summertime boredom but can actually help children keep up their reading skills–all under the guise of having fun. Here are ten ways to keep your child reading this summer.

Create cozy spots for reading. Take a look at the different areas in and around your home. Are there little nooks or corners that would make good reading spots? All you need is good lighting, a few pillows, maybe some stuffed friends and, of course, something to read. Consider a secluded corner in the family room, that awkward spot under the stairs, or even the playhouse in the backyard.

Provide interesting reading materials. In order for reading to be fun, children must enjoy what they are reading. While we would all like our third grader to sit down and read a classic like Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn, little Jimmy may be more interested in the adventures of the Box Car Children. With your child, look at the books you already have in your home library and select a few to equip the reading spots you have created. In our home, we use plastic dishpans as “book buckets.” They hold a myriad of reading materials and are portable from one reading spot to another.

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Using Apps within Early Education for Kids

The real benefit of using cellphone apps is that they help with connecting individuals without a lot hassle. You may wonder how exactly something so advanced as a mobile app might help in earlier education with regard to children. It’s accurate that kids of this generation tend to be somewhat different than we were at that age. Nevertheless, a Smartphone itself is simply too much with regard to someone of this type of tender grow older – depart aside utilizing an advanced cellular app. Just how can both of these completely bipolar things get together to produce something efficient and productive?

Before we proceed with the actual discussion, allow me to ask a person: what do you consider mobile applications do? Are these people beneficial just for reserving the seat inside a restaurant as well as catching the actual trending celeb gossips, or perform they have something critically constructive to provide? Not just about all apps get created for providing amusement; there will also be some that (in the event that used successfully) can perform a lot of good.

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How to bust time wasting and get the career you deserve

Time is your most precious asset, this article gives you tips on how to avoid wasting it.

In my last post, I explained that procrastination or wasting time is the reason so many people today are unable to achieve their goals and gain financial freedom. Many people dream about a better job, working from home or just having a financial freedom yet they don’t know how to manage their time.

I think I have mentioned that I’m involved in helping people to pass the GED test. This is a high school equivalency test for people who didn’t finish their high school but now are looking for new job possibilities and would like to continue their education.

The first step in this process is to get prepared for the GED by taking preparation classes and GED pre tests. There is a really good website named that offers GED practice tests and online classes free of charge so people only need to have a desire to learn and self-discipline. Sadly many people waste their time and never get their GED certificate so here is how to bust time wasting. The first step to dealing with this problem is awareness. Awareness will allow people to begin to think about self-control. Self-control and personal development are the secrets to success in achieving your goals such as a GED diploma.

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Things to Consider When Choosing An Alternative School

Not all students excel in school. This is a sad but true fact. What’s even more distressing is that there are times when students often have too many problems to deal with and they inevitably fall behind in their classes. This is particularly true for children between middle school and teen years.

A number of reasons can be attributed to this. The student could be dealing with behavioral issues. A peer can cause significant behavioral changes in students. Medical conditions and psychological issues can also contribute to falling behind. This is precisely why alternative schools have been created and developed, to attend to the needs of students who have a hard time coping with the daily rigors present in a traditional school environment.

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The Teacher is the Center of Education (Not)

All fifty states base their education policy on the notion that the educational process centers on the teacher. Since 1952, the government has placed nearly all its educational eggs in the certification basket. Despite the lack of evidence that teacher certification positively affects student outcomes. Still, states cling to it. Worse, many parents believe that trained teachers can do a better job.

Of course, gifted teachers exist, and they benefit from good training. That doesn’t mean that they can teach your children better than you can. My experience as a teacher convinced me to homeschool my own children. I realized that no amount of skill or training could compensate for a parent’s love and intimate knowledge. In addition, the classroom setting itself frustrates learning. Confronting a frustrating task in the homeschool tempts parents to think some other remedy might be more effective. Frustration encourages us to believe that a master teacher could help the child master the subject matter with little effort.

In spite of our experience, sometimes we still believe the teacher matters most. The magic of certification still humbles us, but it need not. Certification tells you all about what courses the teacher took. It says nothing about whether he actually learned anything, or about his ability to teach. Would you evaluate a restaurant by the quality of the food the chef has eaten? Not knowing whether he got the recipes, or whether he can produce good food based on those recipes? Yet that’s precisely what certification does. It evaluates teachers based on the courses they have taken.

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Children don´t need to behave

Ever since I had my children, they started to give me “work”, I´ve been struggling with how to educate them. I struggle with the word education too. It means a lot, but here I want to focus on making a child obey or behave.

Children don´t really misbehave. They engage in behavior to pursue normal children´s need.  The misbehavior is an adult judgment of a child´s action that is contrary to what the adult expects. What we commonly call as misbehavior is often a symptom of a child´s need and we are to meet that need somehow.

Well, I always felt uneasy with the time-outs. I´ve read in many books about how you can start controlling children´s misbehavior by putting them in time-out (check any mainstream book or TV show on parenting).

I´ve read that you can consider one minute per year and start at the age of two. By the time Luísa was around 1,5 years, I was being told more and more often about how I should start disciplining her and how if I didn´t start then I could lose my authority for good.

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How to Become a Storyteller

The basic idea is simple: learning to tell stories from memory is a great way to learn all sorts of essential skills. Children who fill up with stories by listening and retelling create an inner store of language, ideas, and imagination.

They will then draw upon this store in their work and life. Speaking, listening, confidence, empathy, ideas, facts, sequences, plots … you name it, storytelling can teach it.

We believe that all children benefit from developing their storytelling skills throughout their education. In schools where improving basic literacy levels is a priority, the Storytelling Schools method has been used to quickly raise standards. Storytelling provides a natural way of developing rich and active story language, for children to recycle in their own story making and writing.

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The Magic Of Playing for Kids

The sun is trying hard to make us forget the dark winter months and it won’t be long before our kids can get out and enjoy a few healthy sun rays. Do you remember those early years when your children were first beginning to look at the world to find their entertainment and stimulation?  Do you remember that no matter how much you spent on expensive gifts or toys, they were far happier to play with the empty box that once held that expensive toy instead of the actual toy?  Do you remember thinking, or even saying out loud “Why do we buy toys, they would rather have the box?

A lot of times, as a parent, or an adult who cares about a child in our lives we strive to buy them something that will stimulate them, educate them, and entertain them.  Sure, there are times as a parent when you just want your child to play happily and quietly for five minutes so you can get dinner on the table, or grab a quick shower.  We have all been there!  But for the most part what we really want is for the toy our child is playing with to stimulate their mind in a way that is education as well as entertaining.

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