Storytelling in Schools
Stories-in-the-Making and Everyday Heroic Journies
by Beatrice Bowles
Keywords: Science, environment, social studies, cultural awareness and understanding, language arts, classic literature, story types, personal development, arts and crafts, gardening, creative arts
Beatrice Bowles creates program across the country for students K-8 and for family audiences. Each performance highlights a universal theme or challenge which links the diverse traditions from which her myths and stories come. Performances are usually 35-45 minutes long.
Beatrice encourages children to view their own lives as stories-in-the-making. For elementary students, she emphasizes delights of the written, spoken and heard word as shown in our rich heritage of wonder tales. With middle grade and older students, she focuses on themes in our heroic and yet everyday journeys:
Follow-up projects can include writing and/or illustrating stories, planting and gardening projects or nature crafts for one or more sessions.
Her version of "Mother Holle," a Northern European folk tale, with musical settings by Sara Buchanan MacLean, composer/pianist, is available at www.storybee.org, a site for nationally recognized storytellers.
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