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Early Childhood Storytelling and Folk Song

Ongoing Program

Designed as an ongoing Curriculum Support Tool Small Groups 25 students Maximum with Regular Instructors Large Groups (1 hour min)

Literacy development through story and song.  Great for native English speakers and English Language Learners alike. Curriculum is culturally relevant and exposes Learners to a variety of music genres, rythms, notation and instruments. Program may work toward periodic performances.   

Since the first tingling of the roots of humanity, story and song have been central technologies in the meta-scape for building, changing, preserving and expressing culture. They are hard-wired into how our brains acquire and attach meaning to new information, moving relevant learning into deep memory. Live and dynamic storytelling and song, particularly in early childhood, aid in the development of strong literacy foundations, fostering crucial skills in narrative structure, cultural allusions, rich vocabulary and grammatical variations. Any story? Any song? Yes, but we find that in older (more than 50-100 years) literature and folk songs, that often the language is layered with vocabulary and structure that exceeds our current vernacular. Puff, for instance, “frolics in the autumn mist,” Molly Malone “wheels her wheelbarrow, through streets broad and narrow,” and My Grandfather’s Clock is said to be “taller by half than the old man himself though it weighed not a pennyweight more,” combining complex vocabulary and structure with sustained consecutive thought while adding in an algebraic comparison and arithmetic problem all at the same time. Additionally, the narrative structure of ballads and much cumulative/reductive verse foster critical thinking by providing beginning-middle-end frameworks to harness memory. The story-structure delivers rich imagery and complex language while creating a space for it to live. Rhymes, rhythm, repetition, voice, are all tools of the story, be it written or performed live. A live telling, though, provides a fluidity and paralinguistic (body language) dynamic which aids in comprehension. Expression, intonation, voice and volume, visual aids such as gestures and props work together to sustain focus, convey action and emotion, and nurture a tolerance for ambiguity while learners allow concepts to unfold or emerge like stars in a darkening sky, like figures approaching in fog. To tolerate, and eventually desire, states of mystery is a crucial skill for the act of higher order problem solving. This skill in early childhood is witnessed by the child’s ability to participate as an audience member by absorbing the story, singing along with the songs, and responding to open-ended inquiries. When a learner has the fortune of developing a relationship with the storyteller much of the practice becomes much more lucid due to the trust and expectations established between mentor and learner. The craft of storytelling and discipline of story reading are not the same. Each are necessary experiences for strong early literacy development.

 
Duration Rate
30 minutes $30
1hour $45
1.5 hours $60
2 hours $70

Early Childhood Storytelling and Folk Song Performance

One-Time Program

Designed as a stand alone Enrichment Program Small Groups 25 students Maximum with Regular Instructors Large Groups (1 hour min)

Custom designed program to mesh with relevant learning goals of the instructional team.   

 
Duration Rate
30 minutes $50
1hour $85
1.5 hours $110
2 hours + $150

 

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