Our unique 'Story Time’ is a mix of listening, drawing and drama. It covers a number of skills e.g: social interaction, developing self-confidence and encourages children to use their own imagination. They are fun, engaging, interactive, creative and educational.
Stories from Story Time
I've had some amazing times doing Story Time with the children. I have so many great stories to tell about funny things that have happened. Most teachers think I'm another teacher coming in to do the stories with the children. They usually get quite a surprise when they ask me where I get the stories from and I inform them that I wrote them! This question is then followed by "Why do you do the Story Times yourself?".
Story Time is the best way for me to test the children's reactions. I can find out first hand what works and what doesn't. I also like to speak to their teachers who know exactly what the children require in terms of learning and development. Plus it's good fun for me too!
Somehow I've managed to create something that is not only creatively fulfilling but also shows me instant results of all the effort put into the audio stories. It helps that I'm naturally good with kids. Even so I never thought that Music Audio Stories would take me to all of these schools and nurseries. It makes me feel very proud to see the children so engaged and happy when they hear the stories and the comments from the teachers have been amazing! I feel so lucky that I have shared so many wonderful experiences with the children.
When I write stories, I don't try to give them messages or educational elements. This just seems to happen, so I never analyze how I write them. I just let it all happen naturally. I love the simple message in Litter Bugs. It's a very popular audio book and is one of few stories where I use props. I brought a soft bin and made "rubbish" with crunched up colourful paper so we can actually throw rubbish in the bin as we sing the song in the story.
The children absolutely love this and sometimes they do the activity so quickly, I have to throw the rubbish out of the bin again because the song is still playing and all the rubbish is already in the bin! Some of the drawings for this story have been fantastic. One little boy drew a picture of a road. I said to him "that's great but where's all the rubbish?" To this he replied "it's in the bin." I said "oh ok, but where are all the bugs?" He raised his eyebrows high and proudly said "they went home!" The teachers and I were laughing so much, he is a genius! On the left is his picture.
Music Audio Stories are fun as well as educational. Our story Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure is a great way for children to learn about our Solar System. One of the best Story Times I've had was at Gower House School. In one day I literally taught and made 84 children smile and laugh with Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure! It was AWESOME!
I had five groups, including a group of 5-6, and 6-7 year old. I was completely out of my comfort zone because I mostly do groups of 2-4 year old. I made a great lesson plan to accommodate the older children and printed out a poster. The children had already learnt a few things about the planets but it made me very happy that I could teach them a few more things which they didn't know and the teachers were pleased. Their drawings were brilliant, have a look here: 5-6yrs Gallery / 6-7yrs Gallery.
Christmas School Performances
I was invited to take part in Treetops Nursery Christmas Performance for the children's parents and Christmas Magic was the perfect story. The teachers took copies of the song's lyrics so they could teach the children how to sing it. I brought little prop presents. The children marched (like the ants) through the various scenes in the story to deliver the presents for the animals on the farm. It was absolutely brilliant and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Some of the children even got their siblings involved. It was lucky I brought lots of extra presents! This story cannot be done in Story Time at any other time of the year. December is a busy time for me. I try to visit as many nurseries and schools as I can with Christmas Magic. It's an excellent story for school Christmas performances.
As our Story Time began to grow popular, so did our collection of wonderful children's artwork. Adie and I came up with the idea of having a Kids Corner on our website so we could post all of their drawings and make them a part of our creative world forever. This made their parents very excited. Teachers have told me that Music Audio Stories drawings are the most talked about drawings the children do. For at least that week anyway! To see more drawings from nurseries, schools and community events visit our Facebook Gallery.
Submit Children's Drawings
You can submit drawings for our Kids Corner too! All you need to do is make sure the child's first name is written on the front of the drawing with their age and the date on and then post them directly onto our Facebook, Google+ or Tweet us @musicaudiostory.
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