Elementary Programming

Each of the programs can be adapted to the specific audience. Steve Otto has approximately 450 stories he tells on a regular basis. Programs can be mixed to match the needs of the program.

Starting with the youngest child, the mind must be exercised just like the body. Our children have been expected to look at a flashing visual, whether on a video screen or in a book, as what “things look like.” We have left them without the stimulus of “seeing the picture in their minds” as a learning tool. In telling stories in educational settings around the country, I have seen hundreds of children who are labeled a “alphabet kids” (LD, BD) who will sit in one spot absorbing the entire program because for the first time they are Seeing the story instead of seeing the words.

Grades K-2

This program offers students K-2 the opportunity to realize the fun that is to be had from the visualization of story. The Gingerbread Man, The Wide Mouth Frog, Caps For Sale, and many stories from literature come to life in their imagination instead of having to be seen on the page of a book. This is the first time that many children begin to open their minds to the creative experience of “seeing story”. The importance of having children learn that reading is FUN instead of a tedious one word at a time experience cannot be overstated. If your students have fun with the story, they will want to read!

Grades 3-5

Any story has to have a structure which includes a (1) Beginning, (2) Storyline, (3) Ending. Each part of the story has a specific purpose. We must get the attention of the audience with the Beginning. The Storyline must tell what the story is about. The Ending ties the story together with and makes the audience remember the story. With the use of “The Real Story of the 3 Pigs” and a beginning “Build your own Cinderella Story”, the children begin to see that they have the opportunity to make stories their own. The story becomes empowerment to the student as a creative force. They see that they can make reading fun by creating their own story from the classics. They begin to read and write their own stories with a positive mind set of focused thinking and writing. Storytelling crosses all parts of a holistic learning experience.

School Age Child Care Programming

Successful after school programming depends on the ability of the children, parents, and staff communicating with each other. The very basis of storytelling is LISTENING! These programs are the foundation on which learning is based. Storytelling clubs, writing clubs, etc. are perfect ways to open the creative minds of children.

In-Service Training

Have any “Alphabet” students in your school? Those BD, LD and ADHD children learn best when they see pictures in their minds of the subject being taught. Learn the easy tricks of teaching using storytelling techniques to improve the ability to reach these (and ALL) students. Librarians and classroom teachers can learn to “Put down the Book . . . And Tell” so that they can communicate the real fun and joy of reading. Bring your PTA/PTO in to teach parents how to relate to their kids through storytelling.