Storytime with Anna-Christina
Story Time is presented by me, Anna-Christina, the author and narrator of Music Audio Stories.
I began doing Story Time at nurseries and schools as a way to test my audiobooks on the children. I wanted to see first hand, how they interacted with them. I then set about writing more stories with what I had learned from them in mind, which is why my stories have been such a hit with the children and teachers.
I do a mix of listening, drawing and drama. I cover a number of skills e.g: social interaction, developing self-confidence and encourage children to use their own imagination.
They are fun, engaging, interactive, creative and educational. My background in performing arts helps with song, dance and drama and I love working with children.
I have visited many nurseries, children centres, schools and libraries and the response has been wonderful! In fact, they have become so popular with the children and the teachers that I am currently doing Story Time regularly at many places.
Music Audio Stories are fun as well as educational. All of my stories have different themes, which at times connect to the children’s learning programs. Some stories are ideal for use at the beginning of the school year, when new children are settling in. Others are energetic with movement and dance.
The children learn about animals and insects, colours, numbers, flowers, and magic! I also have stories about the Solar System, littering and the importance of friendship, cooperation, tolerance and team effort. All of my stories instil positive messages as I think this is very important for children growing up. My sessions compliment Key Stage 1 and areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
I cover a wide range of ages from nursery and preschool groups aged 2 to 5, to school groups aged 5 to 7 (Year One and Two). My lesson plan varies according to the age group. I ensure all children have individual attention which is why I usually do groups of 20 children at a time. Although on occasion, I have had Story Time with up to 40 children in one session and library groups are often quite large too.
Listening - Story Time involves playing one of my Music Audio Stories to the children and testing their listening abilities as well as their imagination.
Drawing - The children are encouraged to draw the characters or anything they heard in the story. This produces creative results and helps the children to remember various things they have heard in the story.
- Drama - I play the audiobook again whilst acting out the scenes together. This part is great fun and enables the children to use their own imagination. Some stories have cheerful songs to aid with the lessons being taught and the children enjoy singing along. Occasionally I use props and visual aids. This activity is excellent for their social skills.
I have a number of stories tailored for different seasons throughout the year. Christmas Magic is perfect for Christmas performances (which I have done at Treetops Nursery). The audiobook includes a sing-along song which the children learn very quickly. It incorporates Christmas themes such as giving and sharing. Chris the Caterpillar is used in the summer when children are learning about the colours of flowers and spending more time outdoors. My story Weird & Wonderful works very well for Halloween. It teaches children about the less popular bugs such as centipedes and slugs and the importance of not stepping on the insects.
After every first visit, I publish the children’s drawings in a gallery on this website, making them a part of my creative world forever. This is very popular with their parents! At subsequent visits, the children take their drawings home.
Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure drawings by Gower House School
You can submit drawings of my stories to my Kids Corner! Just make sure your child's first name is written on the front of the drawing with their age and the date and then post them directly onto Facebook, Google+ or Tweet it @StorytimewithAC.
I have taken part in many community events such as Family Fundraisers and the Baby & Children's Market UK several times but one of the most fun things I do is Story Time at London Libraries! I decided to do my part to help keep London Libraries alive and buzzing by offering my Story Time to the public for free. I believe libraries are important places, not just for children but for everyone.
I often dedicate my time during holidays to organise sessions for children and families at various libraries. It's so lovely to do Story Time with parents involved as I also love to see how they react to my audiobooks! I'm pleased to see they are as popular with parents as they are with children. This makes me very happy indeed!
Demand for my Story Time is growing which makes me feel extremely proud. I'm not able to do library visits every week or even every month. However, I will try my best to do more visits throughout the holidays and branch out to cover more areas in London.
"It was so interesting, the story was amazing, the children were sitting down without moving and listening nicely. They had a lot of fun and Anna-Christina interacted with them so well. It's something really interesting because they use a bit of their own imagination."Silvia Labra - Bubbly Day Nursery
"Both groups were engaged in the workshop presented by Anna-Christina. She explained the workshop well to the children and was calm and sensitive to their needs and responses. They really enjoyed acting out the story and got the message of putting rubbish in the bin."Wendy Kelly - Jelli Tots Nursery
"It was very engaging and different. I am going to start implementing what we learnt today in our storytelling. A lot of good mark-making was done and children were encouraged to join in with all activities. Well worth Music Audio Stories coming! Thank you."Rizwama Siddiqu - Briony Parker - North Stars Nursery
"I thought the story was great, the children used their imagination and took part in the story. I think the children really enjoyed this kind of storytelling and it gave them a chance to all join in."Jeuene - Treetops Nursery
“The presentation and story was absolutely fantastic. The children were all sitting, staring at Anna-Christina. They all interacted well and did some beautiful pictures and lively acting. Please come again soon.”Brenda Forrester - Nuffy Bear Day Nursery
"The children were really engaged. They were excited listening to the story and drawing what they could hear. Simple - easy to listen to and retell the story."Kirstie O'Connor - Stonebridge Primary School
"Absolutely amazing. Initiative to get children interested in reading. The music added a new dimension to storytelling. Full of fun and interaction for all ages."Jas Sineh - Community Event - Acton Library
"The story was age appropriate. It kept the children focused and covered a number of skills."Mrs Jobe - Gower House School
“The story was great. It kept children's interest and attention and the children learnt a small lesson on tidying up and keeping the place clean."Manisha Pindoria - Happy Hands Montessori