Story Telling

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    “Hear good things, see good things and be good. This way all evil tendencies will be uprooted".
    - Sri Sathya Sai Baba
     
    Since time immemorial, stories have been a means of passing on information from one generation to another.  In ancient days before books and written material were so readily available, storytelling was the main method of teaching and character development. Values such as courage, honesty and loyalty would be woven into a story, thus setting a high standards or example for the children. In the family circle, storytelling was one of the chief forms of entertainment and it helped to create an atmosphere of love and unity between the adults who narrated the story and the children who listened.  The modern –day story teller is the television and it is quite debatable as to whether the values and morals that it portrays are really that what we need?

     

    Stories based on mythology, life situations, lives of saints, teaching of great prophets and major religious books not only promote good values to help in healthy development of the child, but also to stimulate creativity. Stories also impart knowledge and help to develop listening skills and strengthen concentration.
     
    It is important to use some variations while narrating story, to keep the Story interesting and attractive to Children. These variants could be:
    Voice Modulation
    Puppet Shows
    Dramatization
    Using Pictures and Slide shows
    Using Videos
     
    The following is a true story that illustrates how stories can help the children to change themselves:

    A young boy went to see a play about a king called Harishchandra. This great monarch was the embodiment of truth. He preferred to give up his kingdom and even his wife and the child rather than go back on his given word. The boy was so impressed that from that day he vowed always to abide by truth. That boy grew up to be Mahatma Gandhi!