Orality and the art of storytelling

The ability to narrate and enchant with voice and stories is the secret ingredient of our boxes, which not only contain materials to reproduce experiments and scientific experiences, but also a narrative tool and a short story linked to them.

Over time, you will see that these tools have different forms, modes and uses but all have the purpose of helping and assisting pupils and teachers understand the activities.

What could be more exciting than a story to capture attention?

Stories, whether they are fairy tales or “romanticized” biographies of scientists, have a strong impact on children: not only from an intellectual point of view but also and above all from an affective one. Therefore, storytelling (or oral narration) is a way to reach all pupils and ease their learning process. Teaching with a story is also a means for teachers to better include children with SLDs as this method presents information differently and engages students.

Our narrative tools allow teachers to make their classes more engaging and stimulating. In fact, animated storytelling, through the use of voice, skillful gestures and facial expressions to emphasize salient moments, will create an immersive atmosphere for the audience.

And there’s more: all our narrative tools can also be reproduced by the children, who can thus develop an autonomous approach to the subject and the narrative. The steps for a perfect understanding of the text and what is to be done involve listening, memorizing and oral restitution by the child. Our tools, that mix games and art, aim at doing just that: to enhance the pupils’ skills in an engaging and above all inclusive way.

The “A” in STEAM embraces all disciplines of the arts and humanities. It is also synonymous, so to speak, to imagination and creativity. It is the imaginative and limitless gaze that makes us go ever further.

We sought to address the themes of our boxes with an imagination-based approach, and we dared to stray away from known models in order to create something new. Wonder and amazement, as well as curiosity, are what drove even the first men to seek new solutions.

Be ready to embark on an exciting journey with our boxes, and to discover a world where both pupils and teachers can find new opportunities to practice both their science and imagination skills.

Storytelling tools

In the first box dedicated to the Sundial, we used a leporello (a tool that you will also find in other boxes), which the authors, the artistic duo Grimm Twins, also call SILENT BOOK THEATRE. Silent because it only contains images, theatre because it allows us to stage our storytelling.

It is one of the Twins’ favorites tools, which they have in fact always experimented with to great satisfaction, on the many occasions on which the Grimm Sisters association has been active.

The Silent Book Theatre is a bit of a game, a bit of a toy, a bit of a “stage” behind which the children find the courage to tell their stories; but it also presents itself as a fantastic workshop with which to make their own version, adding to all the already numerous advantages, that of the development of fine motor skills. It allows children to increase their coordination skills as they cut, glue, create, while leaving ample margins for personal creativity…

The playful aspect should not mislead, these activities are an integral part of a varied and heterogeneous educational methodology. Being able to personalize their tool allows pupils to be more aware and confident about the subject they work on.

We have more surprises, more stories, more fantastic tools in store for you. Keep following us!

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