The art of storytelling: necessary qualities of a storyteller

It is not difficult to choose a story from the collection of existing interesting stories, the difficult thing is to find those that arouse the child’s interest , and to awaken that interest you have to know how to tell a story.

The best way to know if a child may like a story is, firstly, to read the story and to absorb it, and secondly, to tell it without just reading it. Children, generally, the only thing they have in mind is to carry out activities of a physical nature before others that require concentration skills , and that is why they prefer to listen to a story they already know because, in this way, concentration will be less.

Children like stories that are familiar to them and the less they have to worry about assimilating them, so that they can play individual games based on the stories they know.

When choosing a story, you must take into account the age of the children to whom it is directed and their interests . Since, if at a certain moment they want something and it is not given to them, it will cease to be of interest to them and they will have other new interests by stopping paying attention to the story. Children’s tastes and abilities are not uniform, so parents will have to adapt the stories to the particular circumstances of each child.

Before telling a story, it is important to select the story well and it is also very important to use simple language , but at the same time imaginative and creative .

Necessary qualities of a storyteller

You have to know the story in its smallest details, master its literary form, find out what happened…, you have to adapt your tone of voice . The voice can be educated through exercises carried out in quiet moments, such as reading the story aloud when we are alone in a room. This serves to correct faults, gain security, confidence and gain spontaneity .

The person telling the story also needs to take the story seriously, no matter how boring it may seem. If the narrator believes that what he is saying is ridiculous or indifferent, the child will notice and think that it is not worth listening to.

When we tell a story to children we have to try to identify ourselves with the character or the situation of the moment by putting ourselves in the shoes of the characters. The dramatic value of a narrator depends, above all, on the clarity and force with which the events and human types that are described are represented. You must see what is counted, even more than what is counted.

During the course of the story we have to make the joke persist . Make changes in expression, voice and face so that the child can laugh. Children like to see fun coming, they love the anticipation of joy.

The enthusiasm and interest that the narrator feels for a story influences its dramatic quality and is necessary to achieve interest in the child. Something very important when telling stories is that the narrator must present a deep sincerity. These words do not mean that there is no fiction, but they mean that the narrator must show a real interest in what he is going to tell and admit loyally the fairies, heroes, animals or children who play a role in the story.

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