Join us for our Let's Make a Story class! This class is run by a local teacher and mother. In this class your child will create stories and turn them into books.
Cost: $60 for the 4 week course - all materials included!!
Class dates: 04/09, 04/23, 04/30 & 05/07 from 4pm-5pm.
Our children are natural storytellers. Each day, they are filled with stories from their dreams, their days at school, and their active imaginations. Young children’s stories are beautifully honest – sometimes hilarious, sometimes deeply sad, sometimes seemingly illogical, but always authentic, capturing some unadulterated vision of our world. One of the best ways we can enhance their literacy and engage them in learning, I’ve found, is to tap into this natural well of imaginative storytelling. One of the best ways to learn is to teach – it follows naturally that one of the best ways to come to love stories is to write them. And that’s exactly what this class seeks to do.
Over the course of 6 weeks, we will be working with your 3-7 year old children, helping them to create their own stories that are honest, meaningful, funny, and uncoerced. At the start of each session, I will engage the children with some form of inspiration, and then I will facilitate an environment for uncontrived, spontaneous story creation. The children will write and illustrate a story from their own imagination (perhaps elicited by the day’s inspirational piece). Children who cannot write yet will need the assistance of an adult only to write down their orally narrated story. The children will write wonderful stories – when given time and space and an unimposing facilitator, their imaginations will bubble over into something that surprises even their parents! All stories will be written and drawn on cardstock and bound at the end of class as keepsakes for the parents to take home.
Learning to let go of rules and expectations and to enjoy storytelling as an extemporaneous art form is a tenfold blessing. It helps to counteract the standards-based curricula most children experience in elementary school, grows their imaginations, and reminds them that reading, writing, and learning through story is primarily about FUN!
Ellie Park is a 9th-grade English teacher at Carlisle High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing, as well as her teaching certificate, at Dickinson College in 2011, and her Master’s degree in English Language and Literature from Wilson College in 2014. Her passions as an English teacher revolve around creating readers out of non-readers and encouraging children and adolescents to use language as a way to tell their story to the world. She has two children, Zoë (2), and Xander (8 months), who have become the center of her story.