I’ve been telling stories since second grade. When I started it was a little difficult to speak in front of all those strangers, but it got easier once I began to work on it more. It got to be so much fun! I was able to teach my cousin and some of her friends to story tell and they are all still doing it. Storytelling also gives me confidence and helps me feel more comfortable giving reports in school. All in all storytelling is a wonderful thing that I hope more kids and adults get into.
Leah, age 11, IL
Today’s world, filled with standards for reading, writing, math and science, has placed an even stronger emphasis on the power of storytelling. Children first experience the rhythm of words with the nursery rhymes and quickly move into fairy tales and fables.
Mary Jo Huff, Educator and Professional Storyteller, IN
Regardless of the discipline area, these [storytelling] skills are basic to comprehending, analyzing, selecting, synthesizing, and creating an individual identity in a world bombarded by images. Above all they create a seedbed for imaginative thinking; a playground for mental, physical, communicative, and experimental journeys that, for centuries, has helped mankind make sense of this wondrous experience called life.’
Jim Cogan, Professional Storyteller, CA
Hello from Robert & Nancy of Eth-Noh-Tec! Hope all is well. Would love to see what youthful energy is cooking up these days with storytelling. We were just at the Florida Storytelling Camp and saw their states youth tellers. Very impressed with two (can remember their last names though): Julissa and Erica. Excellent bright lights on the horizon of storytelling. Keep an eye (and ear) out for them!
Just commented on the youth tellers we saw at the Florida Story Camp. Since I didn’t know their last names I’d better at least be correct about their home states. “Julissa” is from Lorrain OH, and “Erica” is from Florida (not sure what town). I’m sure their names will be popping up on your radar screens.
Eth-Noh-Tec, Professional Storytellers, CA
ART… GIVES US A WAY TO EXPRESS OUR SELVES IN A POSITIVE MANNER THAT EVERYONE CAN ACCEPT.
Mike Flanagan Gr. 12
ART… IS A WAY TO EXPRESS OURSELVES… AND LET OTHERS KNOW OUR FEELINGS.
Adika Fernandez Gr. 12
ART… ADDS QUALITY TO OUR LIVES.
Mike Shahan Gr. 9
IF ART WASN’T IN OUR LIVES– OUR LIVES WOULD BE DULL AND BORING!
Gene Estill Gr. 9
ART… CAN BE FUN OR SERIOUS… IT CAN BRING YOU INTO ANY MOOD!
Jennifer Teagarden Gr. 9
ART… GIVES A PERSON A WAY OF EXPRESSING THEMSELVES OR THEIR IDEAS. IT HELPS US SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY.
Ashley Shreve Gr.10
ART… LETS US USE OUR IMAGINATIONS AND THERE IS NO LIMIT!
Jason Liller Gr. 10
ART… IS CULTURE.
ART… IS A WAY FOR PEOPLE TO EXPRESS THEIR FEELINGS AND MAKE EVEN THE UGLIEST THOUGHTS AND PROBLEMS… HAVE THEIR OWN BEAUTY.
ART… IS USED TO COMMUNICATE AND SHOW WHO YOU ARE!
ART… IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT STIRS OUR CREATIVITY AND INGENUITY.
ART… HELPS ONE TO UNDERSTAND HIMSELF; IT ALLOWS THE MIND TO GO ANYWHERE!
ART… IS AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF WORK DONE BY MOTHER NATURE AND MAN.