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RITA ANTOINETTE BORG

My two favourite words in the whole English Language are: Creativity and Imagination.

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My Storytelling

Reading aloud to our children will

change their lives forever. After all,

you only need a book, a child, and

an adult. Easy! Right? But what

wonders await! The secret is in

what happens between the

storyteller and the child. We are never

tense, never quiet. Even when the storyteller

asks questions, the child is allowed to be noisy.

 

The storyteller allows the child to have pure unadulterated fun! Engaging in this kind of conspiracy with children is perhaps the greatest advantage of reading aloud to them. We can share the words and pictures, the ideas and viewpoints, the rhythms and rhymes, the pain and comfort, and the hopes and fears and the big issues of life that we encounter together in the pages of a children’s book. In this way, we bond through minds and hearts with our children. That bonding is glue that keeps children reading and loving it. Every time a child picks up a book that ‘loving feeling” stimulates him or her to read more.

 

The best time to start reading aloud to a baby is the day it is born. Reading aloud to children early in life also rapidly develops their speaking skills. They can’t learn to talk unless they’re spoken to, which is why psychologists and speech pathologists tell us we need to have loving, laughing, deep and meaningful conversations with our kids long before they turn three.

 

The more we talk to our kids, the brighter they’ll be. Read-aloud

sessions are perfect times for engaging in these conversations

because the reader and the listener can chat endlessly about the

story. Sharing books with children means that both you and your

child get involved with the story, thinking about it, commenting on it, and enjoying it. It should be an easy, pleasant experience.

 

Storytellers have a responsibility to choose good

books; not just any book will do. Storytellers, parents, grandparents and anyone else who obtains a book to be read to a child should firstly read the book to himself. Is the book interesting? Does it entertain? Is there much to talk about? Are the pictures colourful? Does the author talk down to the child? Is the story showing the vast difference between good and evil? Are there any values? Learn to be selective. You wouldn’t feed garbage to your child, so don’t read garbage to your child’s brain. Just because a book is inexpensive and packed full of pages does not mean it is good for your child!

 

If you have any questions about the above information or how to become better storytellers to your children, feel free to send me an e-mail with your queries.

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Storytelling Sessions for Public, Private and Church Schools in Malta.

 

You get a free interactive hour for the children with puppet and handouts. A special discount for the books for your library and make extra money for your school.

 

Contact me and we will discuss what

you need.

 

Click here to read about a previous session.

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Want to help your child become a successful reader? It’s easy:

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  • Be yourself a reader

  • Share a book with your child everyday

  • Let your children see you enjoy reading

  • Buy your child books frequently

  • Take your child often to the local library

  • Make sharing books a pleasurable experience

  • Encourage them to attend storytelling sessions in your local libraries, bookshops and Fun Areas.image005

  • Pick out your books carefully and read constantly to your children. I promise they will love you for it!

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