Carol Otis Hurst's Storytelling


A day in a school usually consists of working with the children in grade level groups or classroom groups throughout the school day. This enables Carol Hurst to choose stories appropriate for the ages of the listeners. Her stories are told simply and without props, letting the stories themselves take precedence over the teller and listeners and allowing the children to use seldom-exercised visualization skills. One of her main reasons for storytelling is to promote reading by all ages. Since most of her stories are from children's books, the point is easily made that, if she can find good stories in their books, so can they.

After or before school, Carol can meet with teachers. A teacher workshop gives her a chance to show ways in which the storytelling can be extended and to demonstrate ways in which children's books can be used to strengthen many subject areas in the classroom.

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