This month brings a dreamy midsummer land of shepherds, a shepherdess with the most beautiful song in all the land. Bees buzzing, butterflies flitting and gnomes playing hide and seek in the hedges. We go way back in time and then into the present and back again. Have a lovely month in this soft, calm place where the magic of childhood abounds.
Welcome to Twelve Little Tales! Here you will be given some tools to start you on your storytelling journey. There is no one "right" way to tell these stories. The best way for you will depend on you and your particular audience. And it will change from day to day, the time of the day, with your experiences or what you are thinking about at the moment you are telling. You may wish to put on a shawl or special hat that is your storytelling helper. The biggest block new storytellers find is that they don't have confidence in themselves as the storyteller. Visualize what a storyteller looks like to you. You may laugh at what you see in your mind's eye and not feel like that person at all! But, you can embody that storyteller. When you start, take a peek at your young audience. How are they looking at you? With wide-eyed wonder I bet. Anything you say will be wonderful. See more below...
First time trying a Tale?
In our June Tale you will find the starter Tale which you may choose to read once at the beginning, each day that you are telling your Tales or anything in between. You will also find 12 little prompt cards. You may print them out or use them on your device. Either way, as you read them you will find many different paths to travel and different characters to meet along the way - however many YOU choose as you tell your Tales!
You may end up picking each of the cards more than once allowing for different things to happen each time or to add on to what you've told before. One of the best things to do if you are just starting out on your journey as storyteller is to focus on details - details of the physical surroundings, such as,think of the weather or seasonal details - warm sun, crunchy leaves, soft mist... smells - fragrant flowers, wet forest, salty sea air... sounds - barking dogs, children laughing, the tiniest sound of butterfly wings. You may tell the story in a normal voice and switch to a whisper at the appropriate time in the story or when you wish to bring the child/ren in a bit further. And then go from there and enjoy yourself! The children will have many ideas that will surprise and delight you as well :)
As always, let me know if you have any thoughts or questions at all by contacting me here.
Thank you and Happy Storytelling!
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