How We Express Ourselves: Storytelling in EC

Over the past few weeks, EC has been focusing on the unit How We Express Ourselves.  The central idea is “stories have a purpose and can be expressed in a variety of ways”.  We are inquiring into:

  • The variety of ways that stories can be expressed (Form)
  • The elements of stories (Function)
  • How stories evoke different responses from the audience (Perspective)

Early Childhood has had some wonderful opportunities this past week to experience a variety of ways in which stories can be expressed.  In the classroom, we have explored many ideas on how to create and retell our own stories, through our play, pictures, books, songs and by acting it out.  This past Friday, special musical guest Hillary Eldridge came in and shared ways in which we can tell stories through music.  We loved reading and singing the book “Duck on a Bike” by David Shannon, giving sound effects to the characters!  We then used our bodies, costumes and voices to retell the story in different ways!IMG_6714 IMG_6720 IMG_6722

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, we had Oral Storyteller Rupal Ganatra come in to share and create stories with each EC class.  We learned how stories come from within us – our hearts, imaginations and experiences – and how they are important to share with others.  We first listened and experiences Ms. Rupal’s story, and then we had the opportunity to imagine and create our own story!

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We would love to learn more about how others share stories and how stories can evoke different responses from the audience.  If you have a story that you would like to share with EC students, karibu sana to join us as a ‘Mystery Storyteller’!  You are welcome to tell the story in any way (e.g. through movement, song, verbally, etc.), or can also read a story of importance to you.  Please get in touch with your child’s teacher if you would like to be a Mystery Storyteller.  We look forward to having you!

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