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Stories From Storytime

I've had some amazing times doing Story Time! I have so many great stories to tell about funny things that have happened, I don't know where to begin!

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Most teachers think I'm a 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 Storytime yourself?".

Storytime is the best way for me to test the children's reactions to my stories. I can find out first hand what works and what doesn't. I also like to speak to teachers who know exactly what children require in terms of learning and development. Plus its good fun for me too!

Somehow I have managed to create something that is not only creatively fulfilling but also shows me instant results of all the effort put into the production of my 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 the many schools and nurseries I have been lucky enough to visit. 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 grateful that I have shared so many wonderful experiences with the children.

Teaching Children

A child's drawing of our Music Audio Story Litter Bugs image

When I write stories, I don't try to give them messages or educational elements. This just seems to happen naturally. I love the simple message in Litter Bugs. It's a very popular audiobook and is one of the 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 laughed, he is a genius! On the left is his drawing.

Educational Elements

Music Audio Stories Solar System poster image

My story Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure is a great way for children to learn about our Solar System. One of the best Storytimes I have 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 learned things about the planets but it made me 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 Magic props - little colourful Christmas presents, stickers and flyers for the children image

Christmas School Performances

I was invited to take part in Treetops Nursery Christmas Performance 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 audiobook cannot be done in Storytime 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.

Kids Corner

As Storytime with Anna-Christina began to grow popular, so did my collection of children's artwork. I came up with the idea of having a Kids Corner so I could post all of their drawings and make them a part of my creative world forever. This makes their parents 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 the Facebook Gallery.

I am the bringer of sunshine and happiness!

💚 Anna-Christina

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