Classroom Tales: Using Storytelling to Build Emotional, Social and Academic Skills across the Primary Curriculum

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Nov 15, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 160 pages
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Stories and storytelling help children to develop emotional literacy, make sense of their world and appreciate different points of view. Fox Eades shows how storytelling is a crucial element of children's education that can enrich the school curriculum and encourage social and thinking skills. The author discusses the different kinds of story that are useful in the classroom context, including traditional stories, fairy tales and sacred stories, and explores the impact of individual and group dynamics on the telling and reception of these stories. She also considers recognised therapeutic uses of storytelling. She provides a series of sample stories and gives practical tips on adapting these to suit different situations and meet different needs. She also advises on a range of techniques such as using props, allowing `reflection' time and prompting interaction. Sections on collective stories and the child as storyteller explain how children can be inspired to compose their own tales that offer opportunities to practise self-expression and negotiation. This practical and engaging book provides all the tools and techniques needed to use storytelling effectively, and will be an essential resource for primary school teachers and others working with children in educational contexts, social workers and parents.

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1 The Importance of Stories and Storytelling
2 How to Tell Stories
3 Traditional Tales
4 Creating Unique Stories
5 Children as Storytellers
6 Stories and Thinking Skills
7 Stories and the Environment
9 Storytelling across the Curriculum
10 Stories and Emotional Literacy
11 Storytelling and Reflection
Appendix 1 Sources
Appendix 2 Useful Addresses
Subject Index
Author Index

8 Sacred Stories

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Jennifer M. Fox Eades has an MA in Psychoanalytic Observation and a background in special needs teaching. She currently works as a freelance education advisor and is a member of the editorial board for 5-7 Educator magazine. She has authored several articles on the topics of child education and development, which have appeared in publications such as Early Years Educator, Emotional Literacy Update and The Times.

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