STORYTELLING AND YOGA

KINDER

We are all on the same boat …log! What a ride!

 

Woodland animals discover the joy of friendship when they all join Bear on his log ride down the river. Unexpected twists and turns will bring them all aboard. Oh my, what a splash!

Yoga trainer and storyteller Sofia Dunay also leads kids on a second shorter version of the story with Yoga poses.

Themes: friendship, woodland animals, teamwork and personal strengths.

Based on: Bear Came Along

Written by Richard T. Morris

Illustrated by: LeUyen Pham.

KINDER & GR 1

Shy Bunny to the Moon!

Shy Bunny receives a letter in her quiet home, an abandoned mailbox. It’s from a child asking the Moon to shine brightly on a very special occasion. Will Bunny take the trip and deliver such an important message? Oh gosh, the Moon seems to be so far away!

Yoga trainer and storyteller Sofia Dunay weaves yoga poses and mindful breathing through the narrative.

Themes: empathy, overcoming obstacles, courage, losing shy ways, caring for others.

Based on: Shy Willow

Written and illustrated by Cat Ming

PERFORMED STORYTELLING

GRADES 2-4

Small and Big Things in the Wild

A tiny baby deer and a colossal whale are at the center of these two stories, where young characters venture into the wild with loving care and determination. What does it take to rescue wildlife?

Themes: nature, freedom, courage, emotional growth.

Based on:

The Boy and the Whale. Written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein.

and

The Home of the Wild

Written by Louise Greig

Illustrated by Julia Moscardó.

GRADES 4 AND UP

The Art of Story Weaving

A boy goes on a personal quest to search for water in the dry Kingdom of Morocco. He is soon to discover that in the joy of storytelling, abundance and gratitude flow. A bluebird, a blue spindle and a brass cup full of cool water are some of the symbols in this frame narrative, where the weaving of stories allows the young protagonist to outwit Sand Storm and save a village and its people.

Themes: the power of storytelling, coming-of-age, creativity and empowerment.

Based on:

The Storyteller

Written and illustrated by Evan Turk

VISUAL THINKING THROUGH STORIES & ART

GRADES  2-5

Splash of Colour and Music

This workshop walks children through a sensorial experience triggered by a slow look at an abstract painting by Wassily Kandinsky. Young participants also step into the world of the young artist, who discovered he perceived colours and music in unison. This session is spiced up with Performed Storytelling and creative imagination games to promote self-expression, as springboard for writing and illustration work by students.

Extension activities are provided for teachers to carry on with this project.

Cited work: The Noisy Paintbox by Barb Rosenstock (author) and Mary GrandPre ( Illustrator)