Adult Program Story by Rebecca Sheraton
Tanya Batt led an interactive workshop with authors and illustrators, demonstrating the power of oral storytelling. It’s like we were kids again!
She loves to start each session with a story, which helps groups of people, strangers or companions to connect.
One technique that engages children is telling foot stories and having children join in the actions through their feet.
Another fantastic technique is ‘What’s in the sack?’ She loves pulling out objects, particularly the characters hare and tortoise, to introduce children to the famous Aesop’s fable.
She also enjoys using story improvisation or story making connected to objects in the sack. This can include drawing out an object like a key, and asking the audience open questions such as ‘I wonder …’ to inspire children to create their own story.
Tanya recommended that all workshop teachers set clear expectations for children participating in their workshops.
All the adults enjoyed the fun-filled workshop and can’t wait to test out their stories on a young audience.
Blogging Team 2017