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 to test my audiobooks. I wanted to see first hand, how children interacted with them. I then set about writing more stories with what I had learned, which is why my stories have been such a hit with 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 hundreds of nurseries, schools, and libraries and taught 1522 children! In fact, my Story Time has become so popular, I have requests for weekly and monthly visits! I love being a storyteller!
I take part in many community events such as Family Fundraisers and the Baby & Children's Market UK but one of the most fun things I do is Story Time at London Libraries! I want 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!
It's 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 and this makes me very happy indeed!
Join me with your little ones at one of my musical Story Times! Subscribe below to receive Story Time updates so you won't miss your chance to catch me in your local area!
Hidden River Festival 2019
Saturday 14th September 12:00noon - 6:00pmStory Times: 12:15pm - 1:00pm and 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Swiss Cottage Library
Tuesday 22nd OctoberTime: 11:00am - 11:45am
Barbican Children's Library
Wednesday 23rd OctoberTime: 11:00am - 11:45am
Thursday 24th OctoberTime: 11:00am - 11:45am
Friday 25th OctoberTime: 11:00am - 11:45am
Music Audio Stories make learning easy and fun!
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.
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 around 20 children at a time. Although, I have had Story Time with up to 40 children in one session and library groups are often large too! Last year I had 100 people at one of my Workshops at Hammersmith Library!
Listening - Story Time involves playing a Music Audio Story to the children and stimulating their listening abilities and observation skills, as well as their imagination.
Learning - Valuable lessons are taught and children learn about the animals and insects in the story as well as other life lessons depending on the story.
Drawing - Children are encouraged to draw the characters or anything they heard in the story. This helps them to remember various things they have heard. It is also the time when I teach the children about colours, shapes and other things related to the story.
- Drama - I play the audiobook again whilst acting out the scenes together. This part is great fun! Some stories have cheerful songs to aid with the lessons being taught and children enjoy singing and dancing along. Occasionally I use props and visual aids. This activity is also excellent for developing 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 and other Workshops). 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 and Wonderful' works 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.
Our recent addition to this story category is our Easter story 'Easter Egg Hunt'!
After every first visit, I publish children’s drawings in an art gallery, making them a part of my creative world! This is popular with parents! At subsequent visits, children take their drawings home.
'Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure' drawings by Gower House School
"Anna-Christina is such a brilliant advocate for the power of stories and music. The children have so much fun and really respond to the activities. These activities are not only fun but also aid the child’s physical and emotional development. Anna-Christina’s sessions are well planned and expertly delivered. We are always very happy to have her at the Barbican Children’s Library."Sarah Townsend - Barbican Children’s Library
"I would like to express our thanks to Anna-Christina for an amazing story time. It was very expressive, interactive and exciting for all. The children loved taking part during the session. I would highly recommend this style of storytelling as it encourages development in young children."Sona Kalenderina - Shoe Lane Library
"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
"Anna-Christina is always very friendly, welcoming, and professional at all times. Her sessions are always well planned and delivered, and children and parents alike are delighted with the stories and related crafts. It's always a pleasure to host one of her sessions."Ami Sekhon - Kentish Town Library
“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
"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
"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 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
“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