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絵本の読み聞かせ ~Story Telling~

先日、かつら文庫のお話しを聞く機会がありました。

かつら文庫:地域の子どもたちが、くつろいで、自由に本が読めるようにと願い、1958年に石井桃子さんがはじめたちいさな図書室です。

当時は絵本に親しむ環境が少なかったようです。今のお子さん達は身近に絵本があり恵まれていますが、絵本の内容について、ぼんやりと思い返し、妄想し、自分の事に置き換えて考える「時間」が欠けていると思いませんか。

今日、身近に絵本はたくさん溢れています。しかし、時間はどうでしょう?子ども達が自由にイマジネーションを膨らませ、絵本の世界を楽しむ「時間」は奪われている気がしませんか?忙しい毎日の中で、次は・・・次は・・・と過ごし、ゲームやテレビ等の刺激に占領されていないでしょうか。

ファンシャインでは毎日必ずクラスの最後に読み聞かせの時間を設けています。

絵本を見ている時、子ども達は頭の中で自由自在に絵本の中の絵を動かしていると聞いた事があります。

思い当たることがたくさんありました。読み聞かせの時に、興味深く絵本を見ている子どもたちの表情からそれを伺う事ができます。

子ども達の中にあるイマジネーションの世界、心の成長を支える絵本との対話時間。大切なのは「それを愉しむ時間」だと改めて感じます。

かつら文庫の主宰者であった石井桃子氏の言葉をご紹介します。

「子どもたちよ。子ども時代をしっかりと楽しんでください。おとなになってから、あなたを支えてくれるのは子ども時代の「あなた」です。」 石井桃子(児童文学・翻訳家)

~生命のささやきに耳を澄ます「センスオブワンダーを探して」阿川佐和子・福岡伸一ー 大和書房より~

限りある大切な子ども時代です。お子さんの思いや成長に寄り添って素敵な時間を過ごしてください。

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Story telling is an art that has mental, social and educational benefits on children. People of all ages love stories. Children are great fans of stories and love to listen to them. Storytelling literally means reading out stories to them or just telling a story from the memory to them. It is becoming a lost art today as many parents find very little time to spend with kids as the hustle and bustle of life demands them to reserve more time for the needs of life.

Children are born into a media-soaked environment today. They have numerous television channels and entertainment programs to get them engaged with entertainment.

Parents switch on cartoon channels and keep children before them for hours. But, many a times they forget the disadvantages, such fast-paced visual media bring onto kids. Television cartons and other entertainment programs block the mental development of kids to greater extends.

Children may lose thinking capacities and analyzing powers if they are exposed to television, several hours a day. Children are slow to grasp and slow to think.  Storytelling is an activity that can transfer emotions and feelings and also can boost thinking capacity.
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We believe storytelling is a great activity of learning. We have a storytelling time every day in the program. Storytelling is the basic training for academic learning. When they see images in the book and listen to the stories, kids learn to associate between images and story and later imagination and visuals.

We can increase the memory capacity of children by asking them to remember the stories we have already read for them or asking them to remember where we stopped the previous day. Always demand kids to share their contribution in the stories. Ask them to narrate a possible climax or encourage them to create a new story with the same characters in a story. Imagination is the very important key to creativity and children can be trained in many ways to develop stronger skills of imagination.

The most bulging benefit of storytelling is increased knowledge in children. They get to know about various places, practices in life, relationships etc., through stories.

Most of the stories depict good and bad characters. Listening to stories will help children to have an idea of accepted style of behaviors and must to avoid acts. Stories also allow children to know about not only their own cultural roots, but also the different country.

The Children at FunShine Academy, through the story telling, they learn the differences between cultures and various lifestyles are introduced to kids through stories. All the stories are informative to children, as being new to the world; they may know very little things about the life in the world. Stories help kids to visualize the plot and characters. Television programs block the imagination power of viewers, but stories are great help in boosting creativity.

Another advantage of listening to stories is that children grow in academic learning. Story telling introduces lot of new vocabulary to children. At homes, people communicate with limited number of words. But stories will have academic level vocabulary and lot of newer words for the kid to learn. It is easy to teach the meanings of the words as kids learn faster from the context of story.

Infancy is the period when children absorb most of the words they use in the future. Story telling also encourages children to participate actively in the learning process. It can enhance the listening skills of children. Kids love to talk instead of listening to anything. But this is not acceptable in the classrooms, thus storytelling gives them with the necessary training to listen and understand instead of talking.

Parents need to take care of certain aspects when reading out stories for children. At FunShine Academy, when we do the story telling, we change the pitch of sound according to the feelings and emotions depicted in the story. We use effective body language to convey ideas in the exact way. Perfect storytelling is acting out a story. It teaches the children to be creative and make them dynamic thoughts and action.

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