Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Benefits of Bilingual Storytelling

Did you know that children who learn a second language can maintain attention despite outside stimuli better than children who know only one language?  And an attentive learner is a good learner.  Oral storytelling is an excellent way to expose children to other languages. 

Angela Lloyd featured at the National Storytelling Festival

Angela Lloyd, one of the storytellers on Storytellers Favorite Fables, will be featured at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.  The festival runs October 7 - 9, 2011.  

Angela Lloyd, one of the most unique performers on the national storytelling circuit today, is a matchmaker of spoken word and music.  A virtuosa on washboard, along with autoharp, ukulele, and bells, her performances are a whimsical braid of poetry, story, and song. 

Lloyd’s repertoire comes from a variety of sources including world folktales, the oral tradition, original works based on personal experience, and the best in children’s literature, all of which showcase her unique style and impeccable timing.  Lloyd has traveled a million miles across the country,  appearing regularly at storytelling venues and reconnecting children with their families, elders and teachers. 

“Divine foolishness.” –Durham Morning Herald

Friday, August 5, 2011

Ways to teach spelling to children

Did you know that rhyming language found in storytelling can contribute to early spelling?  In fact, researchers have found that a well-established oral language vocabulary is essential for the development of young children’s written vocabulary.  In this clip, Angela Lloyd is telling the American folksong, "Did you feed my cow?  Yes, ma'am."  She uses the call and response to engage the children and they respond by participating with her in the telling of the song.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Early Literacy and Storytelling

Did you know that storytelling is an excellent way to help with developing early literacy with young children?  The following clip from our dvd "Storytellers' Favorite Fables" is Diane Ferlatte telling her version of the Aesop's Fable, "The Dog and the Bone", "Bone Day".

Let's Tell Stories premieres the Storyteller Blog.

Let's Tell Stories premieres the Storyteller blog to help parents understand the many benefits of storytelling.

From time immemorial, storytelling has been the way a people communicated their history, knowledge, ethics, and culture to future generations.  This long-established method is as valuable now as it was then because not only does storytelling teach in the traditional sense by conveying information, it teaches the whole child.  Storytelling develops children’s imaginations, their language skills, and their minds, instilling self-confidence and a sense of community.

Many educators, researchers, and storytellers advocate that storytelling can contribute significantly to early literacy development. Significant research has been compiled over the years on the correlation between oral storytelling and literacy and reading comprehension.