Director of the Cook Library Center
1100 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Mother of 2 boys, 6th grade and 9th grade, originally from
First started telling stories in 1997 and keep broadening my
skills for school visits and for the library students
FLIP the SWITCH
Transitions in Time
Help children to transform their immediate
environment and exert a semblance of control
over what is happening.
• Storytelling-based projects offer a
universal & inclusive teaching.
• They assist in the development of receptive
& expressive language skills and encourage
• They take from the immediate cultural &
social situations of the child
Finding the JOY in waiting….
Begin by putting the string over your thumb and
pinkie on both sides, but in front of your other
Reach over with
right index finger
and pull back.
Twist String on
Right Finger 1 or 2
Reach over with
left index finger
and grab the string
in between the
loop on your right
Drop your thumb
and pinkie on right
• Eye Spy- great way to use adjectives
• Phone Play-Put a picture on your phone and have a
student make up a story.
• Imagine what is like to be something else… waiting
room chair, clock on the wall etc
• Rhyming game: Look around and make a story with
what you see around you and make it rhyme.
Would You Rather…
Once upon a time retellings or fractured fairy tales
Retell a story about the day a child was born
Funny story about when you were young
That’s good, that’s bad story circle
A day in the life of a lunch bag, a magazine (empathy
What super hero powers would you have?
What makes a leader? Exhibit at the Cook Library
Additional Storytelling Resources
story/ Follow this link to learn to how to tell the
string story, “The Mosquito.”
s.asp Origami and stories meet in this great site!
stories.html Cut and tell stories that are easy!