It’s time to announce this week’s giveaway! This week, we’re giving away a special book that is a wonderful guide for any parent, and will be especially appealing to those wishing to use their Ostheimer figures during story time. Our Ostheimer figures are wonderful to use while telling stories with your children. This is a book that Ami has read and recommends, so I am going to let her tell you about “Storytelling with Children”:
I love to read books to my children. We have a children’s book home library that contains hundreds of volumes. I even started to read to my first child when she was still in the womb! Sharing books with children is something that I love and comes naturally to me. Telling children a story, being the storyteller, is a skill that I have had to develop and am still working on. I began with using Ostheimer figures to tell simple stories like “The Gingerbread Man”. I made the gingerbread man out of wool felt and used the Ostheimer farmer and farmers wife and other Ostheimer figures for the rest of the characters. My children loved it and I realized that I did too.
Over the next couple of years I continued to tell my children stories, though not as many as I wanted to. I still wasn’t that comfortable with it. Then I read about and ordered Nancy Mellon’s book “Storytelling with Children”. There is such a wealth of information and inspiration in this book! She starts out with explaining what a storyteller is and why telling stories (as opposed to just reading stories to children) is so important. The following chapters in her book show how to share stories with children.
After reading “Story Telling with Children” I was even more motivated to share my own unique stories with my children. I began to tell my baby the story of her day as I rocked her before bed. I did so simply and quietly. I would tell her about the things she did and what she saw and something new that she had learned that day. Then I would tell her the story of her birth, how everyone in the family was so excited that she was coming from heaven to live with us and how happy we were when she was born. I would name all of the people who love her, “Mama loves Madeline…”. I would also weave in quiet and simple songs. As I would tell this story, which remained mostly the same each night, I could see my little one relax and sigh with contentment. Our evening bedtime ritual is one that I cherish and has made bedtime something that we both look forward to.
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This giveaway will be open until Friday, March 23, at midnight PST. The winner will be announced on Saturday, March 24. Good luck, everyone!