Do you remember a loved one telling you tales of magic wands, big bad wolves, princesses, fairy godmothers, and wicked stepsisters? Many of my kindergarten and first grade students have never had such experiences. Their introduction to folktales begins at school.
I am the media specialist in a rural Title I school in South Carolina.
I serve over 600 students in grades K-5. 72% of my students receive free or reduced lunch. 200 of my students are in kindergarten and first grade. In planning lessons for my youngest students, I try to emulate the type of storytelling experiences that children need in order to develop a good sense of story and a love and appreciation for the folktales that are part of our history and culture. My kindergarten story time always begins with a folktale and I teach an in-depth folktale unit including folktales from many cultures to my first graders each year.
With their tight plots and clearly defined characters and events, folktales offer the perfect springboard for developing an understanding of story elements such as theme, sequence of events, characters, setting, and repetition. Folktales lay the foundation for the skills necessary to read and comprehend more difficult texts. Because folktales beg to be retold over and over, they are also a great resource for teaching summarization strategies which are often difficult for my youngest students to grasp. Using storytelling nesting dolls, story boxes, and storytelling kits, my students will be able to retell many folktale stories with greater accuracy. These hands-on storytelling props will enhance my students' ability to clearly identify a story's beginning, middle, and end as they begin to practice retelling stories and the difficult skill of summarizing a story.
My students enjoy folktales because they are good stories.
The stories are frequently humorous, good is eventually rewarded and evil is punished, and wishes come true after a task or trial is fulfilled. Beyond their educational and entertainment benefits, folktales kindle a child's imagination. Bruno Bettelheim, in his book The Uses of Enchantment, says that folktales help children cope with their dreams and inner turmoil. This project will bring many folktales alive for my students.Read More
|EE426 - Say & Play Storytelling Boxes • Lakeshore Learning||$29.99||1||$29.99|
|LL161 - Stone Soup Storytelling Kit • Lakeshore Learning||$29.99||1||$29.99|
|LL560X - Storytelling Nesting Dolls - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning||$55.00||1||$55.00|
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