storytelling

Tiger roars creativity

Everybody I know in Vitoria is going crazy for Tiger. Be it because they have children at home, or simply because they have a home at all. Tiger is for most people “the new store opposite the post-office”, but for teachers and creative minds, it is a parallel universe.

Take this DIY memory game. I had promised my 7 year-old groups at school that if they made the effort to speak English in class I’d show up with a surprise.

So I went to Tiger and spent a whole hour choosing the best idea. But there are hundreds of them! It was really difficult not to buy them all!
There are these paper dolls with assorted cloth items, there are design plasticine sets, original activity books, there are these rubber stamps with house and furniture pictures… and loads of nourishing ideas!

I decided on the memory game, as a team work. I’d give each child four square pieces for them to draw two pairs of objects. It was useful to review vocabulary and spelling, and most of all, to make them believe that, all together, they were able to create a bigger whole than the mere sum of the parts.

Now, this small box containing 44 blank pieces could be used in many ways. I imagine that someone with more patience than myself could create an amazing mandala mosaic.

Moreover, each storyteller could draw or even stick suggestive pictures and combine the pieces to form numberless stories, much in the fashion of Gianni Rodari in his Grammar of Fantasy.

Alice in our Land – Contemporary tales

If there ever was a quintessential time-space traveller in English literature that was Alice. Her features give us the best excuse for presenting today’s reality from a foreigner point of view… and that’s just what we did: send her to the Children Section of our library in 2015!

Enjoy the script of our last Storymaking session, Contemporary Tales, at Ignacio Aldecoa Kultur Etxea, Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Comments will be most welcome!

(Image: Ignacio Aldecoa Kultur Etxea)

(Image: Ignacio Aldecoa Kultur Etxea)

ALICE IN OUR LAND

(Click here to download the PDF file: Alice in our Land – Luciana Serra )

Alice is sleeping on the floor. She wakes up, rubs her eyes.

ALICE: Ohhhh [yawning] I must have slept for ages! I had this very weird dream… of falling through a rabbit hole! And there was a white rabbit with a pocket watch, too. And a crazy cat… I’m sooo tired… I feel as if I had been running all night! But… wait a minute… [She looks around] What is this place? Where am I? What a whole lot of books!!! [She looks up to the ceiling lamps] This is strange indeed… I must be dreaming again! [A phone rings right next to her. A librarian picks it up] Wooowwww!!! What’s that sound?

LIBRARIAN: Love? Yeah… listen, I can’t talk now, I’m at work. Yeah, OK. [She hangs the phone]

ALICE: [To the public] …Was she talking to that thing? [Now, to the Librarian] Hello!

LIBRARIAN: Good morning, darling!

ALICE: Can you make it play again?

LIBRARIAN: Ohhh… what do you mean?

ALICE: The little box, can you make it play again?

LIBRARIAN: This? The phone?

ALICE: What happens if I talk to it? [She now speaks to the wrong side of the phone] Heee-lloooo! [looks puzzled] “Dear, dear! How queer everything is today! I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night…”

LIBRARIAN: [Looking at her suspiciously] How old are you? [The phone rings again] It’s my son, you can speak to him, if you want. [She picks up the phone and passes it on to Alice]

ALICE: Hello? [the Librarian helps her setting the phone in the right position] This is Alice, what’s your name?… Hello, Hegoi… and… how did you get in there?… there, inside this little box? Did you drink from the “Drink Me” bottle, too?… Your mum? She’s here, hold on… [passes the phone to the Librarian] (more…)

Hansel and Gretel – Medieval Tales

We chose the child-astonishing classic “Hansel & Gretel” as our medieval representative in the chronological Storymaking-sessions for this year.

A background image -hand-made by Leire Perez Azkona– served as graphic support for the storytelling with finger puppets.

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“Hansel & Gretel” with finger-puppets.

We adapted our script from the following video found at YouTube. When I was transcribing it, though, I felt free to change the most socially painful parts: it wasn’t one of our goals to make children feel anxious or afraid, not by the distant threat of a forest-witch but by the more feasible situation of being part of an unloving family. (more…)

Come Little Children

This month we will have Medieval times as a thematic core for our workshops.

“Come little children”, a beautiful folk song in the magnificent version by ERUTAN serves as a great ambient creator to warm any medieval workshop up (hehe, too many adjectives in a row, but that’s exactly what it is – beautiful, magnificent and great!)

Big Joe and Phantom 309

English Club – Session II, November 8 at Vitoria-Gasteiz.

I want to share this amazing tale with all you storytime lovers, especially those under-age… simply because I love to see their eyes catching fire with the unexpected.

Welcome you all!

I hope you brought some tissues with you…

 

“Big Joe And Phantom 309”

Written by Tommy Faile 1967,

Performed by Tom Waits

Well now, it’s story time again. I’m gonna tell you a story ’bout a truck driver. This story was written by a guy named Red Sovine, and it’s called the Ballad of Big Joe and Phantom 309.”

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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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