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1111, 2018

StoryMaking…Yes, Stories but so much more!

By |November 11th, 2018|Categories: StoryMakers Blog|

StoryMaking…Yes, Stories but so much more! How a Makerspace can inspire different genres of storytelling and writing Sometimes the term StoryMaking can be a little misleading when you just read the word for the first time. Yes, it absolutely involves the child making and providing many opportunities for children to explore their imaginations and wonderings in a wide variety of Makerspaces. And yes, many times children narrate their play or [...]

909, 2018

Fostering the Identities of the StoryMaker

By |September 9th, 2018|Categories: StoryMakers Blog|

Fostering the Identities of the StoryMaker Books to inspire the maker, storyteller, artist and writer   StoryMaking allows the child to use their creativity and materials to develop their identity as a maker, a storyteller, an artist and a writer! Using books is an effective way to inspire your child to grow in these areas and become a StoryMaker by leading them through the StoryMaker Cycle of imagine, play, make [...]

1908, 2018

An Inquiry into Illustrations and Art to Inspire Stories

By |August 19th, 2018|Categories: StoryMakers Blog|

Inspiring Stories Series Part 3 An Inquiry into Illustrations and Artwork to Inspire Stories  The children gathered around the teaching easel for their daily StoryMaking focus lesson, but today there was something new to view and study. The video screen was down and a piece of art was projected at the front of the room. Today, they were all going to study the artwork and illustrations in a book to [...]

1308, 2018

Using Documentation and Each Other to Inspire Stories

By |August 13th, 2018|Categories: StoryMakers Blog|

­­Using Documentation and Each Other to Inspire Stories Photos, videos, artifacts of children’s work, hand scribbled notes of what children are thinking and doing. All are examples of documentation that can be used to help children imagine stories that they can go off and make with their choice of materials. Documentation is an effective way to make children’s thinking and learning visible. There are various definitions of documentation, but we [...]

508, 2018

Using Books and Spaces to Inspire Stories

By |August 5th, 2018|Categories: StoryMakers Blog|

Using Books and Spaces to Inspire Stories It was another Sunday afternoon that I gathered with a group of children at The Muse, a children’s museum and art makerspace in Knoxville, TN, to imagine stories. The children and I talked about how we can explore materials, books and exhibits to help us imagine things and stories to make. We were discovering how to think like a StoryMaker!    Setting the [...]

2307, 2018

StoryMaking with Performance Materials

By |July 23rd, 2018|Categories: StoryMakers Blog|

StoryMaking with Performance Materials Performing and Making Stories at The Muse It was a rainy afternoon and I was gathering the children to the stage area at The Muse Knoxville for them to experience StoryMaking for the first time. My goal for our session this day was to play and make stories using performance materials. Many times, teachers in early learning classroom have centers in their rooms such as housekeeping [...]

1507, 2018

StoryMaking Puppet Characters

By |July 15th, 2018|Categories: StoryMakers Blog|

StoryMaking Puppet Characters Puppets are often used and found in early learning classrooms, children’s museums, and libraries. We’ve seen children playing with puppets in multiple situations, but often we don’t think to capture the wonderful thinking and creativity happening with children as they play with puppets. We have a solution to this problem: StoryMaking! During StoryMaking we have the opportunity to add intention and learning to our students’ engagement with [...]

907, 2018

Stories in the Making

By |July 9th, 2018|Categories: StoryMakers Blog|

Stories in the Making The maker’s movement is in the news a lot right now, and it has found its way to the field of education. We are excited about that! Often, people read about the maker’s movement, they think it is inaccessible to them because there is often technology, coding, engineering apparatuses, etc. But we have figured out a way to incorporate the maker’s movement into our early learning [...]

107, 2018

Growing a StoryMaking Culture

By |July 1st, 2018|Categories: StoryMakers Blog|

Growing a StoryMaking Culture Stress-free Storytelling Tips for Making Collaborative Stories   Mraz and Hertz describe the best tip to planning a story and support by research is to plan it like a story mountain (2015). They provide a few steps in planning key points for successful and stress-free storytelling. Set the scene Name the challenge or problem Raise the tension through multiple attempts or worsening events Reach a resolution [...]

2406, 2018

StoryMaking Culture and Picture Books

By |June 24th, 2018|Categories: StoryMakers Blog|

Picture Books Foster a Creative StoryMaking Culture “The maker movement consists of a growing culture of hands-on making, creating, designing, and innovating. A hallmark of the maker movement is its do-it-yourself (or do-it-with-others) mindset that brings together individuals around a range of short, making nearly anything. Despite its diversity, the movement is unified by a shared commitment to open exploration, intrinsic interest, and creative ideas.” (Peppler and Bender, 2013, [...]

1706, 2018

StoryMaking with Collage

By |June 17th, 2018|Categories: StoryMakers Blog|

StoryMaking with Collage   We love collage! It is the perfect art form to inspire children during StoryMaking. It’s also easy to change, rearrange, and add new materials to keep children interested and engaged. Collage materials can include a multitude of loose parts, nature-inspired materials, recycled supplies, found items, and stuff you may already have at home or in your classroom. Some collage materials that are accessible and inexpensive might [...]

1006, 2018

A Caregiver’s Guide to StoryMaking

By |June 10th, 2018|Categories: StoryMakers Blog|

A Caregiver’s Guide to StoryMaking Anyone can support a child in the StoryMaking process as they imagine, play, make and share their stories. To make your making time as successful as possible, we wanted to provide a few tips on how to encourage your child whether it be at home, in your classroom or even on a trip to a children’s museum this summer! The StoryMaker Cycle   Provide time [...]

406, 2018

Imagining Stories with Blocks

By |June 4th, 2018|Categories: StoryMakers Blog|

Imagining Stories with Blocks Hard blocks. Soft blocks. Nature blocks. Cardboard blocks. Window blocks. The possibilities and options are endless! Even though there are many different kinds of blocks you can include in your block makerspace the one thing that is certain is that blocks are a powerful tool for children to use when playing and making their own stories. Several years ago, we had the great privilege of hosting [...]

2005, 2018

Focus Lessons: Fostering the Imaginations of our StoryMakers

By |May 20th, 2018|Categories: StoryMakers Blog|

Focus Lessons: Fostering the Imaginations of our StoryMakers Setting the stage for the engagement of students’ and teachers’ imaginations is foremost in our minds as we begin our StoryMaking journey. Our students have benefitted from invitations to use their imaginations during focus lessons that address a need and inspire wonder during StoryMaking. The focus lesson for StoryMaking is a time where the educator provides direct or inquiry instruction to address [...]

1305, 2018

Creating Story Makerspaces

By |May 13th, 2018|Categories: StoryMakers Blog|

Makerspaces: How can I create a space for children to make stories? Have you ever considered creating a makerspace in your classroom, library, museum or home? If so, we would like to inspire you with a few construction maker space examples and simple tips to help you get started. These spaces will provide children with an opportunity to explore and tinker with materials. And when given time for children to [...]

705, 2018

What is StoryMaking?

By |May 7th, 2018|Categories: StoryMakers Blog|

Take a minute to imagine this scene in your mind. Different areas scattered around the room with inspiring materials. In one corner, brightly covered felt squares, wood pieces, gems, moss and other nature inspired loose parts are displayed on one table. Children explore each material and then choose objects that make a setting or character from their mind. Children explore loose parts to begin imagining a story Soft blocks, hard [...]

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