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Guardian of the Fire – Prehistoric Tales

We are immensely glad to announce that 2015 will bring about the latest version of Storymaking Sessions by Tell-Tale What? This time, time itself will be the axis of symmetry. Prehistory, Medieval times and Present-day tales will be the topic of the three sessions arranged for January, February and April, respectively, at Ignacio Aldecoa Culture Centre, in Vitoria-Gasteiz. The following short story has been created with this purpose, serving as brainstorming for children of about 7-10 years old during the Prehistoric Session. Hope you enjoy it!

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We used a “cave painting” as the graphic support for the story. (Image: Ignacio Aldekoa Kultur Etxea)

 

 

GUARDIAN OF THE FIRE

(Click here to download the PDF file: Guardian of the Fire)

Long, long ago, when the streets were rivers and today’s hills were still under the sea, the moon and the sun were ever so bright and the stars were the ancient peoples’ only guide in the night.

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We learnt how to survive. We tamed the fire, it became our dearest pet. We worshipped its power: the power to light the darkness, the power to melt the ice, the power to destroy. It was a question of measure; we pictured relativity. In every clan a Guardian of the Fire was appointed. In our clan it was generally a young hunter, helped out by his whole direct family, especially the women, who would look after the fire when the hunter left in a mission with the rest of the men in the clan. Much before I became a hunter myself, my brother Nack was appointed Guardian of the Fire. It was a honour to us all. It affected all our family directly since our place at the cave changed from quite-at-the-entrance to right-next-to-the-fire. And, believe me, this was an outstanding promotion. (more…)

Which should I choose?

I’m preparing our next storytelling session, based on Peter Pan.

We are not doing any follow up activities after the storytelling, this time, so I was wondering what song to choose to round up the gathering.

On the one hand, it has to be a song linked to the thematic of the story – that’s  easy, I thought; Peter Pan has got all the ingredients that children love: Indians, mermaids, fairies, fantasy, mystery, fights, even some romance… so I said to myself, it should be easy to find such a song…

But, in this case, the answer is not so obvious. The partakers are 25 children of between six and eight years old. Their mother tongue is either Spanish or Basque. By now, they have generally had an introductory encounter with the language, maybe as much as two school years, but they don’t master the language yet… in fact they are far from that.

Therefore, I have two possible pirate songs, but I am well aware that they are not going to grasp the lyrics just by listening once.

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2014 Jar of Good Things

2014 Jar of Good Things

2014 Jar of Good Things

I found this idea at Pinterest and thought it was a great DIY gift for every year to come!

I have already virtually given it to all of my friends, but if you have the chance, make sure you take one to your beloved ones!

The Jar of Good Things is easily adaptable for the classroom, it could be used as a class diary or as a lay present for all families.

Write, draw, make pictures, include all that moves you during this year and make it a tradition for your children.

And most of all… ENJOY!

Tell me the duck story

Grapes signA good idea of organizing a Storymaking-Sessions Season is around genres or literary moods.

This was our first organizational principle and gave great results with children of between six and eight years old.

Duck Story at la Florida

Duck Story at la Florida

Each Session was based upon a well distinguishable genre where participants could experiment with characters, setting and diction: we had “Fairy Tales”, “Animal Fables”, “Science Fiction”

One particular session was “Funny Tales”. I have a great memory of it because we all had an awesome time in part thanks to the triggering activity, The Duck Story by Bryant Oden. Although we acted out the song very simply with a plush toy duck, and a different colour cap for each seller, you can probably take advantage of this video version with lyrics.

Don’t forget to visit Bryant Oden’s site, www.songdrops.com, where you can download all his songs for free, provided that you are a teacher and you won’t sell them!