Story telling is one the activities children love. When you say to a child “Hey, listen, I’ll tell you a story,” the child becomes so excited. And perhaps, even adults react in a special way if you would poke them and say ” I have a story to tell you.”
In telling stories to children, give them focus. One can immediately replace words and/or sentence s that are incomprehensible to the listeners. There should be an established relationship of the storyteller and the listeners.
Some parts of the story are read from the book while others are narrated. Usually descriptions of setting and characters are read, while conversations are narrated.
Hints from various storytellers:
Be especially prepared to deal with disruptions.
There are always one or two children who want attention. Sometimes you can just ignore them. Other times it may take a stare, or a pause before the disruptive behavior ends. You may involve the child in the story. Whatever you do, do not speak harshly or in anger, or you will lose audience.
Maintain eye contact with your audience, move your eyes around the audience rather than concentrations on one area. This is useful to hold attention.
You will also become aware if the children are restless. If this happens, consider trying to wrap up the story and finish quickly. You may also find a good stopping place and suggest that the children might like to find how it ended by reading the book. Greater use of body movement or a little more drama in presentation may be useful in holding attention. Don’t overdo it, however.
A child who is unruly may sometimes respond to having the story told more directly to him or her. Do not allow one child to spoil the story for everyone.
Having another adult present to aid in removing or calling the attention of unruly children is helpful.
If the entire group is restless, do not get angry with them. Try not to let the storytelling time disintegrate into an unpleasant experience for all. Once you’ve finished the story, stop. Don’t ramble on. Leave them though lingering over it.
Don’t feel that you have to explain everything. The children are intelligent, they will surely ask questions later on. Be prepared to give simple answers that will instill light and inspiration in their hearts.
Keep your group small not more than thirty. Sit or stand close to the group. Use chatty language but don’t over-simplify.
Grandparents are good at story telling. They are people with profundity of thoughts. When they tell stories they seem to be right there in that place where the story happened. They know every detail of the story. They can even tell it conveying emotions and the power of inspiring the audience.
When my grandfathers lived, they always told me beautiful stories. “The good ones, and those that built strength in my character as a child.”