Monday, May 11, 2020

Stor e Telling Fall 2019: Helping Others Shine

Young Girl Carrying a Pumpkin
Fausto Zonaro, 1889
This issues theme was Helping Others Shine so I offer you some interesting and informative articles on mentoring. If you have been blessed to have mentors in your life why not pay it forward?

6 Things Great Mentors Do Differently

8 Tips for an Amazing Mentor Relationship

10 Ways to Make Others Shine

How We Find Ourselves When We Connect With Others

Make Your Success About Shining Your Light on the People Around You, Not Yourself

The Mentor and the Protégé: What, Who, and How?

Mentoring Matters: Three Essential Elements of Success

November 15 is National Drummer Day. Feel the beat with the tales below.

The Drum – Hindu

The Drum That Sang – Bengal

The King and the Drum – India

The King’s Drum – Nigeria

The Pear Drum (The New Mother) – Traditional Tale

The Tortoise and the Magic Drum – Nigeria

Stealing the Drum – West Africa

Halloween is a busy time for storytellers. Below are three public domain books filled with tales to fright and delight!

Can Such Things Be? Short, spine tingling tales, published in 1910, to add to your storytelling repertoires from 1910.

The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories by Algernon Blackwood, 1906. There are lots of places to visit here, A Haunted Island, Skeleton Lake, The Wood of the Dead, and more…if you dare!

Told After Supper By Jerome K. Jerome, 1891. Seven ghost stories told on Christmas Eve.

Don’t forget to bring some Halloween fun into the classroom!|

Halloween  Games for the Classroom
- “A collection of fun and educational Halloween games that build math and language skills for grades K-5.

While December 25 marks Christmas Day for many it is also National Pumpkin Pie Day. I shared these stories below last year but thought I would highlight them again to celebrate this delicious day.

The Great Pumpkin – Taino Indian/Puerto Rico

Grinding Stone to the Rescue - India

The Legend of Stingy Jack - Ireland

The Magic Pumpkins – Ukraine

The Pumpkin in the Jar – Philippines

November 13 is World Kindness Day. Why not spread some kindness with these lovely tales?

The Crystal Heart – Vietnam

Evil Allures But Good Endures – Russia

The Fairy Shilling – Ireland

Great Joy the Ox – India

The King of Compassion - India

Old Woman Who Was Kind to Insects – Inuit/Native American

The Princess Mouse – Finland

Sharing an ending form the Norwegian folktale Spen Ashlad and Refoks.

"And here I lay my tale on a sledge,
And send it you whose tongue has sharper edge;
But if your tongue in wit is not so fine,
Then shame on you if you throw blame on mine."

In case you missed it here is an earlier blog post offering from my 2019 columns.

Stor e Telling Summer 2019 – Puppets and Puppetry
The theme was puppets and puppetry. You will also find stories for Grandparent's Day and peach stories for National Peach Day in August. There are stories, tutorials, crafts and more. At the end of the blog you will also find links to additional blog resources from my column on a wide variety of themes.

Stor e Telling – Storytelling World Winter 2019
The theme for this issue was Storytelling World. Get ready for a glamorous trip around the globe through these fabulous public domain folktale collections, including stories to celebrate Learn About Butterflies Day and World Rat Day.

These links below will lead you to my columns from 2007-2018

Stor e Telling Fall 2018: Storytelling and Empathy
The theme for this issue was storytelling and empathy, both are greatly needed in our current climate. You will also find additional stories about the glorious pumpkins that dot the fall landscape, candle tales to celebrate the Feast of Saint Ambrose.

Stor e Telling Summer 2018: Storytelling Traditions Around the WorldMany of us are familiar with The Moth and StoryCorp but what about some of the other ancient forms of storytelling? In this blog post you will read about a few of the fascinating and different traditions from around the world to complement the issue's theme. You will also find stories to celebrate Be An Angel Day on August 22 so get ready to fly with these new tales.

Stor e Telling Spring 2018: Storytelling World
Unwrap some fun and fabulous resources to love and add to your repertoire. The theme was Storytelling World so you will find tales from many cultures. There are also legends to savor on Tea for Two Tuesday on March 21, Noodlehead tales to tickle your funny bone for International Moment of Laughter Day on April 14, and folktales for Bat Appreciation Day on April 17.

The link below will take you to a previous blog post with my Store e Telling columns from 2007-2017.

1001 Nights to 2001 Story Resources V: Stor e Telling 2017

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Karen Chace 2020 ©

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