Storytelling for Outside School Hours Care - Summary

(the full version of these notes is available for download - see below)

Storytelling performance, activities, games and programs work really well in OSHC.

1 - Storytelling and story reading
Storytelling is a dynamic, two way, participatory activity, that really stimulates imaginations and supports a wide range of creativy. Children enjoy storytelling just as much, if not more than, storyreading so OSHC programs should always include a mix of both.

2 - What makes storytelling entertaining and engaging?
Entertaining and engaging stories are ones that:
follow narrative structure (Character, Setting, Problem, Resolution)
are relevant to the audience and the issues of their age group
and are 'brought to life' by the teller

To work really well storytelling should happen in a culture that values and rewards it:
modelling telling all sorts of stories with energy and lightness
rewarding and acknowledging participants who join in
meeting the energy of the participants and of the stories
adding games, fantasy, fun, mystery, ritual and surprise
experimenting with different activity formats for different groups

3) Selecting stories appropriate for a multi-age OSHC audience
same age groups - tell appropriate stories for that age group
mixed age group - tell stories that have something for everyone or
tell one young story, one middle story and one older story
negotiate solutions with audience
involve different age groups in audience in different ways, eg sound effects

4) Storytelling Styles appropriate to OSHC students
OSHC audiences enjoy good energy and a rich storytelling style:
don't be afraid put your own personality and style into your storytelling
add plenty of variety of voice, volume, feeling, bring characters alive
have lots of audience participation opportunities but don't push it
work out ways to make the storytelling session a special, nourishing, treat

5) Involving different ages in different ways
Storytelling is always a two way process. There are a lot of different ways of encouraging active audience involvement, eg
ask for help with sound effects
ask audience to help improvise - 'and do you know what happened next?'
ask audience to help choose stories, make requests, be guest storytellers

6) Regular storytelling activities and projects, examples:
Storytelling show
Roles for students - Presenter/Compere, Introducer, Storytellers, Sound Effect Team, Musicians, Improvisor, Appreciators, Advertiser

Storytelling Club
The storytelling club is a further development. It puts an emphasis on membership, with all the members actively taking turns at trying out different storytelling roles.

Storytelling Cafe
The storytelling cafe is set up as a real or mock cafe with a small performance stage, tables and flowers. Set up a roster of roles and encourage older students to take on the roles where most organising is required.

Storytelling Publications, Podcasts and Blogs
Print - publish stories with text, illustrations and collating together into books.

Storytelling Club Blogs - individuals or teams take turns to post stories, reviews of performances and concerts. Add illustrations and embed Google maps and audio and video podcasts of stories. See www.austoryplace.blogspot as an example.

The storytelling club can create its own Storytelling Radio show by publishing a regular podcast - "Here is the latest story from Radio OSHC ........."

There is enormous potential in storytelling, story creation and story publishing activities to develop confidence, self esteem and creativity of OSHC participants and have a lot of fun in the process.
- involve and enthrall all ages
- inexpensive and most use few resources or equipment
- can be developed over time and structured to involve all ages
- reinforce school learning and be valued by parents and teachers.

Storytelling can be used in a wide variety of OSHC activities from the very casual and relaxing to the highly energetic and structured storytelling club or production.

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© 2010 Daryll Bellingham. One copy of the above notes is available for your personal use for developing your storytelling skills. If you would like to copy them or publish whole or in part please seek my permission.

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Daryll Bellingham, Storyteller
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Brisbane, Australia
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