Prepare your stories well and deliver them enthusiastically. Help your audience feel the passion you have for stories.
When using props or puppets, place the props in the order you will use them in your program or story and out of reach of the children if possible..
Importance of knowing your story well cannot be stressed enough. This applies to reading or telling a story.
Make your stories come alive for your audiences and they will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Make yourself ready for sharing stories, remember how we stress with children how important whole body listening is, then let us stress for ourselves whole body telling.
Prepare your voices, your breath, your body by practising sounds, singing, breathing and keeping fit by exercise and healthy eating.
Introduce Mozart tapes at your centre as background music. They will help the children to focus and to create.
Keep card files of poetry, finger plays, action songs and nursery rhymes to use with your story.
Make up rhymes to suit your needs and sing them to well known tunes.
Make use of the internet to research your stories and songs
Take a look around your centre and your home for anything you might use as a prop for your stories.Examples of these might be: a cuddly toy that could be changed into a puppet; paper plates to be changed into masks or rod puppets; plastic vegetables for soup stories; cardboard boxes or bags for intrigue or guesswork; coat hangers, nylon stockings, socks or pantyhose, buttons, beads or some forgotten souvenirs of holidays in other countries or places.
Start right away and the next time you are with young children, tell a story using a prop or a puppet.
Let your imagination soar to the heights with stories and songs and creativity