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National Storytelling Week

January 23rd 2022| Michael Mountford
January 23rd 2022 |

National Story Telling Week

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr Seuss

What is National Storytelling Week?

#NationalStorytellingWeek brings together anyone and everyone who loves to share stories, both adults and children alike. Schools, nurseries, businesses, care homes, prisons, hospitals and many other settings take part each year. If you recognise the importance of storytelling, then this week is for you.

From an educational standpoint, the importance of storytelling, sharing stories and reading aloud to children cannot be underestimated. A whole host of research shows that storytelling and teachers and parents reading aloud to children both have a significant impact on children’s attainment; language development and social-emotional development.

How can you help celebrate?

Encouraging Storytelling & Story Writing in the classroom

For myself, I couldn’t even begin to count how many short stories I have written throughout my life. Could be in the tens, could be in the hundreds.

Many of which are now lost to the depths of the internet or just simply lost due to it being written on a scrap piece of paper which was to hand at the time of inspiration.

For many children, writing a story of any length; and then for it to simply be left in an English book or lost in a cupboard somewhere – then no one will be able to enjoy what they’ve written, or even be able show it to your family and friends.

If only there was a centralised place where children could write stories, add images and videos easily and then share them privately or even publish them for the entire world to read.

Thankfully our KS2 Teacher, Phil, has found a brilliant piece of software that we took one look at and absolutely loved it.

It’s such a simple yet brilliant idea that has been designed to perfection. Very easy to just pick up and use for both pupils and teachers.

As a teacher you are able to keep track of each individual book that your class creates, allowing for easier planning and monitoring.

Images and even videos can be placed into books with relative ease and add that extra layer of completeness to any book.

It even has a digital online course that can be accessed;

The course is made of 14 lessons and finishes with a quiz to test your learning. The training has around 1 hour of material and is self paced – you can pause and return at any time.

Jon Smith is Book Creator’s Teacher Success Manager, and he’s here to help you become a Certified Author. Jon has 19 years experience as a special education teacher and technology integration specialist, and he knows Book Creator inside out.

Once completed, you will receive accreditation as a Book Creator Certified Author, with a digital badge you can display on your online profiles.

If you have the time, I highly recommend giving this a look!

The paragraph below is from BookCreator.com and their About Us page, which details their story and how they found the idea for their now award-winning app.

It’s 2011 and Dan Amos and his wife, children’s author Ally Kennen are concerned. Their 4-year-old son is making slow progress with the school reading scheme.

After many frustrating evenings it struck them – wouldn’t it be better if they could make their own books about the very things he loves? Books about Star Wars, books about pets, books about family.

At the same time, an iPad enters the household and they wonder how do we get our kids as engaged with reading as they are with the iPad?

All the pieces were in place….

Fast forward a few months and the app is nearly ready.

At this point, Dan has made a tool to create books with his kids. He also believes it could be an effective app for authors who want to self-publish their books. There could be a market for this.

Roll on September 2011 and the app launches. From day one, teachers start using it in their classrooms, praising its simplicity and suggesting ways it could be improved.

By day two Dan realises he’s built an immensely popular educational app!

Book Creator has reached no.1 on the iTunes App Store in 90+ countries. Over 100 million ebooks have been created with our app worldwide. It’s one of the essential apps for schools using iPads.

In 2017 the app expanded further, launching out in the Chrome browser and finding a new audience among Chromebook schools and those not using iPads. The web version of Book Creator continues to grow and push the boundaries of creativity in technology.

Storyline Online- Celebrity Book Readings

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation has a free Storyline Online program. They offer an online streaming video program in which famous actors read children’s books aloud.

These are great ways to encourage reading in children and can also help along those who may struggle to focus whilst sitting reading.

Below is a small selection of these videos, and if you would like to look at the entire library of book readings click here. Alongside the book reading, they also have activites to go along with the book.

If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make learning more fun and engaging for kids in their own time, why not try and a splash of creativity to a spare section of the classroom and make a dedicated display area where the children can pin up their favourite pieces of work that they have made during National Storytelling Week.

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Me and My Cat read by Elijah Wood

Quackenstein Hatches a Family read by Kristen Bell

The Empty Pot read by Rami Malek

Wall Displays

If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make learning more fun and engaging for kids in their own time, why not try and a splash of creativity to a spare section of the classroom and make a dedicated display area where the children can pin up their favourite pieces of work all to do with the National Storytelling Week.

Resources

In preparation for this year’s ‘National Story Telling Week‘ – we’ve made a whole bunch of new resources for you all to enjoy: including classroom displays, comprehension activities, PowerPoints, activities, and lots more storytelling resources to download!

Click below to see our extensive Author Packs which come with a whole range of fantastic resources and classroom displays.

We cant wait to see all that you come up with to help your class celebrate National Storytelling Week!

Dont forget to tag us on social media with any photos of you and your class using our resources (we also have some competitions running during the run up to National Storytelling Week)

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below and they might even get added to the topic calendar!

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