Quotes from participants in our workshop for school staff about ‘Developing Social and Emotional Skills in Children using Creative Storytelling’.
‘An excellent day full of ideas we can practically carry out in class’ ‘good, exciting training’ ‘Both tutors were engaging, fun & professional. Totally inspiring!’ ‘excellent, very enthusiastic and engaging.’ ‘will be using storytelling in the classroom in future’ ‘Brilliant, active, lots of ideas to take’ ‘Two very talented storytellers with a clear love of teaching educators a way of telling stories’
We believe storytelling and associated creative arts are the perfect vehicle for exploring social and emotional skills and understanding. To tell a story involves cognitive skills of imagination and memory which can be developed. It involves recognising and conveying both verbal and non-verbally a wide range of emotions. It involves understanding how characters think and solve dilemmas. It develops of confidence in talking and listening skills. As someone said at one of our workshops, ‘Storytelling makes you fly’. We believe storytelling lifts the spirit and boosts wellbeing.
Storytelling is such a good vehicle for learning about our emotional life because it the language of metaphor and imagination. Children do not learn easily about feelings through the language of reason and fact. Rather through empathy to the characters conflicts and dilemmas. It is a rich form of communication which makes ideal for so much learning to take place – especially in the critical area of emotional health and literacy. Our model of emotional literacy can be described in a nutshell; we aim to build skills in
- Understanding feelings – developing awareness of emotional vocabulary and expression. Noticing what we are feeling and how to calm strong feelings through mindfulness.
- Building relationships – developing empathy, social skills and assertive communication.
- Setting and reaching positive goals by building motivation and problem solving skills.
Working in these areas helps build the five domains of emotional literacy and increases flexible thinking that can help lay the foundation for good emotional health and resilience. We always start our work at the level where the children are at and aim to extend their skill levels from the place where they are. We believe emotional literacy skills are relevant to all. We do not see emotional literacy as something children either have or don’t have. Rather it is a set of skills that are constantly developing and that can enhance our abilities to learn, deal with difficulties, guide our actions and so play a full part in life and work.
Our projects can work in tandem with other learning projects within the school setting. Please contact us to learn more.
The inside does not work like the outside. The inside is more like the sea than the land, it moves in waves.