Imaginative Literacy - Storytelling in Storytime
It seems like we are using far less oral storytelling in storytimes than we once did. Mel's recent post at Mel's Desk details her solution to her recurring nightmare of needing a storytime in 3 minutes. She would tell many stories along with fingerplays and songs (all, I might say, brilliantly woven together as only Mel can do).
My reading eyes popped when I read her solution - it was ripe with oral storytelling, something I rarely see in storytime plans. Are we still using storytelling in storytimes with preschoolers?
I wonder because, as a long-time storyteller, I have watched how preschoolers discover the wonder of a story when their own imaginations provide the picture and context for the words being shared by the storyteller. Stories are powerful tools to spark the imagination of the listener.
I have long been troubled that kids get very little time to encourage their imagination in a world of provided images and experiences. I don't dispute the wonder of books, media, digital images, art and other images that kids are exposed to. But I am wondering about whether we might want to take a step up and beyond these types of literacy sharing to delve into using the art of storytelling to spark and support imaginative literacy in our storytimes.
Just askin'. Just sayin'.