MAGIC CARPET HANDBOOK (6)
If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!
– Shel Silverstein
Part II: Taking Off
A great beginning helps a story take off. The same is true for storytime. There are many ways you can begin, but the most important thing is to grab the attention of your audience.
- You can use a sound, like a bell or whistle.
- You can start with a sing-along, such as an echo or call & response song that incorporates movements.
- You can begin with a fingerplay that includes the three R’s: rhythm, rhyme and repetition.
Shoot for these qualities when considering how to take off.
The ideal opening:
- signals a beginning
- immediately captures attention
- engages the group
- is fun for them to do
- unites the group in shared purpose
- transports kids to the magical land of stories
Ladies and Gentlemen, May I Please Have Your Attention?
Exactly how do you grab and keep a preschooler’s attention? How do you engage and unite a whole group of them? It may sound challenging but there are techniques that work. I recommend creating an opening by blending one or more of the following strategies. You can…
- engage physically through movement
- engage rhythmically through sounds, musical instruments or chanting
- engage vocally through sing-alongs, call & response & echo
- engage visually with a prop, puppet, music video or costume element
It’s almost time for a story. But first, this Safety and Security briefing. NEXT