Telling and listening to stories can have powerful healing effects. Storytelling involves both sides of the brain and at the end of the story, both the teller and the listener's breathing are synchronized.
Late in life I got my Associate Degree in Child Development, and put it with all my other training and began teaching the very young children. I had been writing short stories since I was young and decided to use them in my classroom. They were a big hit. As time went on, I added sign language and props, and finally interactive activities to every story I used in the classroom.
I continued learning as many different ways children learn and incorporated them into my stories. Before I realized it, the children were acting out my stories on their own and using sign language as they spoke.
What you have to understand is this is me, whether I'm in the classroom or in the grocery store. I enjoy sharing my make-believe worlds with all children and have found ways to reach even children that have special needs.
I finished my courses on psychology, and behavior management, and included this in my stories. Once again, the children joined in with every story told. So I made Storytelling day, where we used storytelling in every center and activity. After 15 years of teaching, I am working on creating a Dare To Dream Storytelling Club.
When it is up and running, all details will be posted here. If you would like to be invited to join when it is ready, drop me a line with your email address and I will add you.
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