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Diary Writing

  1. 1. There have been great societies that did notuse the wheel, but there have been nosocieties that did not tell stories. —Ursula K. LeGuin Diary Writing on: Role of Story telling in bringing up a child Susmita Pruthi1 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing
  2. 2. 10:29 pmThe universe is made of stories, not atoms. —Muriel Rukeyser
  3. 3. Story telling has been one of my favourite pass time with my daughters! It had been a very sacred time for us, a judicious 10-15 minutes every night before sleep. I remember, I started with little non sensensical tit-bits when they were just 4-5 months old. They would listen to me with rapt attention and respond with their gurgling sounds, sometimes, giggling, smiling and sometimes kicking or flaying their hands. I would obviously consider this as a kind of response to what I was telling and weave the next sentence accordingly! I was considered a NUT to be talking to new borns! But it helped me carry this tradition on as they continued to grow into their months and years. Of course, there were obvious changes in the form and nature of the story and the level of interaction as suitable for the age.3 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  4. 4. Stories like the Rabbit and the Lion,the Thirsty Crow, the Rabbitand the Tortoise, the Monkeyand the Crocodile -Panchatantras have beenan integral part of theirgrowing.We moved to other stories including shifting to readingstories from Champak, Nandan and so on.4 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  5. 5. BY THE WAY, even according to our Indian mythology, the process of educating and moulding process of human being’s character starts right from the womb. An expecting mother better be ready for innumerable advices and dos and don’ts, not only regarding her diet, but also about her other activities, e.g. read religious and other good books and not to read vicious books or to watch violent or sadistic movies. Refer the episode from Mahabharatha, incidentally my knowledge from reading Amar Chitra Katha. Abhimanyu learnt to break the chakra vyu when he was still in his mother’s womb while Arjuna was explaining it to his pregnant wife. But as Lord Krishna called Arjuna, he could not complete the explanation how to come out of it and so Abhimanyu could not learn the secret of getting out of it. I think there are some modern research done that shows that emotions and feelings can be formed in the brain even before we are born.5 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  6. 6. I will continue that experience tomorrow. I will try and see if I can get other peoples response on this concept, their perspectives - kids, moms/dads, grand moms/dads, uncles/aunties ...6 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  7. 7. 9:45 pmBecause there is a natural storytelling urge and ability in allhuman beings, even just a little nurturing of this impulse canbring about astonishing and delightful results. —Nancy Mellon, The Art of Storytelling
  8. 8. Continuing from yesterday, Iwant to focus on "Mother-ChildStorytelling Ritual“ today.A mother who tell stories totheir children during bed timeencourage them to respondand evaluate the storyaccording to theirunderstanding. Conversationsand questions but it alsodevelops the curiosity in thechild.The curiosity in the child helps the child’s mind to askmore questions and learn more. Conversations andquestions but it also develops the curiosity in the child.The curiosity in the child helps the child’s mind to askmore questions and learn more.It also helps build a bond between the mother and thechildren - the child gets more comfortable with sharingeverything with the mother because they will developskills to have a conversation with their mother.8 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  9. 9. Additionally, the story telling experience also: Helps in the development of  the personality of the child, help the child to be better at communicational skills Helps transmit socio-cultural  values Communicate morals and values - the story  becomes a part of the child’s thought and the value being taught is also a part of his thought, the child will then try to put it to practice.9 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  10. 10. 11:05 pmStories are how we learn. The progenitors of the world’sreligions understood this, handing down our great myths andlegends from generation to generation.—Bill Mooney and David Holt, The Storyteller’s Guide
  11. 11. Benefits of Story telling While discussing this today with some of my colleagues, I found another interesting aspect of story- telling – exercise of the child doing story telling. Schools nowadays give this assignment for kids in primary school to come up in the class and do story telling. I find this interesting as it allows the child to display all his learning - the story itself, its learning, communication, confidence, public speaking and so on. I believe that story telling in a very unique and interesting way brings out personality traits and polishes them for life.11 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  12. 12. For example: Telling a story that deals with a fear your child is wrestling with helps in defusing fears. For example, >> if your child is afraid of thunderstorms, tell a story about a child or animal who finds a safe, cozy place to curl up during a storm. Most of the times children believe they can overcome fear when they see someone else conquer a fear before they do. Make use of puppets, stuffed animals and prewritten stories, when possible.Using the characters in a story, it is easy tocommunicate your reasons behind limits andboundaries as you show your child why you makecertain decisions. As the story is about fictionalcharacters, the child generally is be able understand it(and the reasoning behind it) without becomingdefensive.12 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  13. 13. Storytelling is a great way to open up any childsimagination. Interacting with the story teller as theytell stories, making up characters and monsters orobstacles for the characters. After a while, the child maysurprise you by inventing one instead !!We all know that most of the fairy tales and nurseryrhymes have morals woven into them. Using thesetraditional fairytales coupled with modern childrensbooks and ones own imagination, one is able to conveythe right morals and value system to the children.Tell a story>> that praises kindness, generosity and inclusiveness.>> The Little Red Hen who helped everybody - it willhelp set a good example.As expressed earlier, storytelling is bonding up withchildren. They will always remember the hours youspent talking in silly voices, making up ridiculouscharacters and laughing about the stories you told -parent-child bonding.13 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  14. 14. 9:50 pmIf stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give themaway where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a storymore than food to stay alive. —Barry Lopez, in Crow and Weasel
  15. 15. It has been very instinctive for me – as an elder sister ina big crowd of siblings, a leader during school days, an‘educated’ professional amongst not-so educated ones,a mother. But I have always seen story telling sessions,experience sharing sessions, make some difference tothe person, in the person – same time or some timelater. So what kind of learning happened?  Language skills (vocabulary, grammar, syntax and pronunciation).  Their attention span and their ability to listen.  Their ability to follow instructions.  Their ability to co-operate with others  An understanding of concepts  An understanding of human nature.  An understanding of feelings.  An awareness of the role characteristics people assume.  An understanding of sequence.15 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  16. 16. Story telling can really act as a therapy also!Children will absorb lessons learned by characters in astory without being defensive about their own issues.Children who have gone through traumatic experiencescan process those experiences and learn to trust andfeel safe again through repeated stories with positiveoutcomes.Children watch the storys characters overcome similarobstacles, which boosts confidence that victory ispossible and positive outcomes are realistic.Being subtle yet positive towards a concern – personalor otherwise has always helped.Being creative, varying the story – characters,background etc – helps in many ways. Sometime, foryounger children, one has to be re-iterative yet be newto send a message home. Prompting children when repeating a story, helps the child pull from the earlier memory. Allowing them to tell the story, fill in the story or / and complete the story allows them to communicate as well as inform you of their NU ET511 | Assignment 5 |never know what is revealed!16 perspectives. You Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  17. 17. Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a morepowerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are thecurrency of human contact. — Robert McKee
  18. 18. I believe story telling is an art!I have seen the disinterest of many children when theword ‘story’ is mentioned. In a world crammed withtelevision programmes, cartoons and interesting audioand visual aids traditional story telling is facing a bigchallenge. These mediums are bringing the storiesalive for them irrespective. And with the additionaladvantage of three-dimensional stories available asand when they want versus the old-fashioned way, on awarm weekend afternoon or drowsy week nights – whatwins?18 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  19. 19. I have some tricks to share, of basis my experience! >> Stretching your stories , exaggerating, brings an element of fun, disbelief, awe and sometimes an interaction! >> Remember the three Little Pigs "Ill huff and Ill puff and Ill blow your house down!" or the "Old Mac Donalds had a Farm"?! Many a times it is the repetition that allows your audience to get involved as they come to expect a repeated phrase or theme. >> Using voice modulations brings the story to life! And, kids love a story told in different voices. Sometimes, depending on the age group, ridiculously exaggerated voices for each character in the story; the more distinct and unique the voices, the better.19 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  20. 20. 10:22 pmStories are the creative conversion of life itself into a morepowerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They arethe currency of human contact. — Robert McKee
  21. 21. Having discussed the same with many parents,grandparents, kids, I realized that many really didn’tknow the power of story telling in any childs personalityand future life. I spoke to some of my colleagues and here is an opinion. I wish had more time to capture more views …. Play the slide in PPT Show mode Click on the video to Play21 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  22. 22. Story telling sessions are like a set of magical wings of imagination that helps them become more creative and think out of the box. With oodles of enthusiasm, voice modulation and a dollop of acting, it involves the whole family and helps them bond better. Todays children (or rather any child of any era) never likes to be told what to do and how to do. So, instead of preaching morals and values, storytelling helps parents weave them into their stories and narrate it to their children in an interesting manner - giving answers to "Why should I do this" and "What is in it for me". Listening to stories from the time they were very small, they remember the plots and morals subconsciously, delving into what they’ve heard as they grow up. And, if possible, use them correctly.22 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  23. 23. I remember many such instances shared by my elder daughter who is a very impressionable young lady. Many a times, while having casual conversations, it has come out that she has taken the right decision under the circumstances, just because she could relate to some story, value or other such instance based discussions we have had. I also believe that story telling method of relating to family history bonds them to their roots and gives them an identity.23 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  24. 24. 10:45 pmAustralian Aborigines say that the big stories—the storiesworth telling and retelling, the ones in which you may find themeaning of your life—are forever stalking the right teller,sniffing and tracking like predators hunting their prey in thebush. —Robert Moss, Dreamgates
  25. 25. One lesson we can learn from pre-industrial peoples is the power of storytelling. I am struck by how important storytelling is among tribal peoples; it formed the basis of their educational systems. Knowledge that is not passed through the heart is dangerous: it may lack wisdom; it may be a power trip; it may squelch life out of the learners.What if our educational systems were to insist thatteachers be poets and storytellers and artists? Whattransformations would follow?25 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  26. 26. Storytelling is a fantastic educational tool, helping children learn about different countries, cultures, nature and just about anything, through stories woven around a nugget of knowledge. For instance, you might like to tell stories about Eskimos, or how tigers hunt in forests, or why trees are important. If you tell your children stories regularly and ask them to participate with their own tales, it helps develop better conversational and communication skills. It lets them experiment with language and vocabulary, and helps them put their imagination to good use. And the best of all, storytelling is fun and your kids will always want more.Story is far older than the art of scienceand psychology, and will always be theelder in the equation no matter howmuch time passes. —Clarissa Pinkola Estes26 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi
  27. 27. We derive our competence from forming connections…the learner’s challenge is to recognize the patterns which appear to be hidden. Meaning-making and forming connections between specialized communities are important activities.27 NU ET511 | Assignment 5 | Diary Writing Susmita Pruthi

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