It was a real treat to have CJ Storyteller in on Friday to perform interactive tales for our children & families. Our theatre was put to good use; full to the brim with excitable children and families keen to enjoy some stories.
CJ uses song, actions, gestures, call and response, characterisation, voice, comedy, improvisation and movement to engage and inspire children (and adults!) of all ages.
CJ is passionate about storytelling work and they have been delighting audiences for over fifteen years. CJ has performed for high profile organisations such as the BBC, the British Museum, the British Film Institute, Somerset House, the High Commission of India and the Barbican Centre, as well as sharing stories in a wide range of community, education and outreach settings.
The children were not only audience members, but became part of the stories too!
Not only is it really fun, but engaging with oral storytelling is an efficient and powerful language activity that improves reading, writing and social-emotional skills. The development of oral language skills such as applying new vocabulary, using a wide variety of sentence types and types of grammatical structures is essential for literacy development as a whole.
The tradition of oral storytelling goes back to the dawn of time– and it’s alive & well at Elmhurst today! Thanks so much for a great day, CJ!