Category Archives: Proverbs

Passports to Multicultural Literacy


Last Friday at Trelawny PS in Mississauga, I launched our new storytelling campaign, Passports to Multicultural Literacy.   We are now connecting my live storytelling and drama school performances with our online storytelling program, Storyvalues Interactive.  This ‘blended learning’ approach will not only help students and teachers in the classroom, but can connect parents to school events as well.

After my storytelling assemblies at Trelawny on Friday, I told the students that I’d be giving them special Storyvalues Passports to take home and use with their parents.  The passport gives families the Storyvalues Interactive-Home web address so children and parents can listen to and read multicultural folktales together, then explore the cultures, art and music related to each story.  The Storyvalues Passports encourage children to Travel the World  through stories!

Janet Chilibeck, an amazing Peel District grade 3 teacher just sent an email telling me that,  “… her class was so thrilled with their Storyvalues Passports, that they tucked them carefully into their agendas in order to get them home safely!”  How exciting!

Happy Storytelling!

Cheryl Thornton

http://www.storyvalues.com

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Tell Me a Fact…Indian Proverb


Tell me a fact, and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth, and I’ll believe, but tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever. Indian Proverb  

Unknown artist (Arghan Div Brings the Chest of Armor to Hamza 

This afternoon I told stories to a large group of grade 2 – 6 students.  As I introduced the Indian folktale, “The Boy Who Wanted a Drum,” a spontaneous gasp erupted in the middle of the assembled.  One of the astonished students said, “Miss, we know that story!  Our teacher  read it to us!”

I’ve experienced this reaction before.  When children hear someone else tell  a familiar story , they respond as we all do when unexpectedly running into a dear friend.  They delight in hearing the story again and feel connected.  Familiar with the plot, they can sit back and enjoy the subtleties without encountering jarring surprises along the way.

Afterwards, the whole class told me that their favourite story was “The Boy Who Wanted a Drum.”  I love kids.

Happy Storytelling!

Cheryl Thornton

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It Is Important to Listen to Advice


After telling the story, The Boy Who Loved to Paint Cats, from Japan to a gym full of grades 1 – 5 classes this morning, I asked what lessons they thought the story might be telling us.  Usually, I get general answers like, “The story is telling us to be brave,” or “The story is telling us to be creative.”  Today, one little boy answered, “The story is telling us that it is important to listen to advice from people you trust because they can really help you.”  Sometimes, I have the feeling that the stories speak deeply to individual children, meeting them right where they are in that moment in time.  Perhaps that little boy needed to listen to someone he trusted and the story helped him to see that.

Maybe that is just my wild imagination talking, but I can always hope.

Happy Storytelling!

Cheryl Thornton

Painting by Kunivoshi Utagawa

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If You Are Afraid…Another Little Story


If you are afraid, don’t do it.  If you do it, don’t be afraid.  A Mongolian Proverb

Painting by Charles Walter Simpson

 

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When Alone… Another Little Story


When alone, watch your thoughts; when with others, watch your words.  A Mongolian proverb

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