The Importance of Storytelling

Storytelling is akin to reading aloud. It ignites the mind and the spirit. It is the most important thing I do in my classroom, as year after year students return and want to hear those words again.


Currently in my Irish Literature class we are reading the novel Ireland by Frank Delaney. This novel focuses a lot on storytelling and the importance of telling stories to each other. The main character, Ronan, is deeply impacted by a storyteller who visited his village when he was nine-years-old and his main goal in this novel is to find the storyteller who changed his life. Reading this novel made me think of when I was younger and would have people tell me stories about their life or the lives of people they knew and the impact they had on me. From a very young age, I was drawn to words, I was drawn to reading and writing. As a child, there was no better feeling than having someone read to me or tell me a story because for a time, I was in another world, a world that I felt…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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1 Response to The Importance of Storytelling

  1. Teryl Sawosik says:

    Jennie’s philosophy is empowering for her students…. And their families! While my children (GCS alums) are in high school and college, many of Jennie’s views (and her GCS colleagues) have impacted MY philosophy in my own classroom. I think of it as ripples of care and compassion…

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