How does one define the word story? Long, short, funny or serious? Dark, inspirational or possibly captivating? Each person has his or her own unique story to tell. Stories are never-ending journeys, hidden talents or suppressed memories, all waiting to be told. We all have a distinct definition of a story.
Stories are our primary tools of learning and teaching, the repositories of our lore and legends. They bring order into our confusing world. Think about how many times a day you use stories to pass along data, insights, memories or common-sense advice.
Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.
They were the good old days when we would lie beside our grannies, as they took us on fantasy journeys with their tales — the wit of Birbal, the righteousness of the Pandavas, the stories of Vikram and Betaal, etc. Those were the stories that helped us learn some important lessons of our lives. They taught us about the good and bad and also had a hand in making us the people we are as grown-ups. However, now, with technology invading our lives like never before, nuclear families and working parents overpowering the social set up, the art of story-telling has become rare.
Here are some of the advantages of storytelling…
– Introduces new vocabulary to children
– Enhances listening skills of children
– It is about being in touch with cultural roots.
– It is a great activity of learning
As storytelling has lots advantages and it passes our tradition to the next generation, the children of standard II celebrated 'The Storytelling Week' , during which they enthusiastically participated by narrating stories of varied themes. It was interesting to watch children use different props and gestures to narrate mythological, moral, comical stories and fairytales with appropriate tone and intonation.