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One of the most beautiful memories I have from my childhood is when my mother told me a story while she was making dinner. There, sitting on the kitchen counter I listened dozens of popular stories that I already knew by heart.
Children don't mind hearing the same story over and over. When they are little they feel safe knowing what the future of the protagonist will be.
But when the child grows he begins to demand new stories, stories with a moral and with a more complicated plot.
As a mother I have become a storyteller semi-professional, and, I have to admit that when they ask me to tell them the same story again, they make my hair stand on end. I no longer know how to give a little life to the story because it bores me terribly. So, one fine day they asked me to retell the story of Red Riding Hood, I decided to turn the story around and tell it backwards. I explain how you can tell a story backwards to the children.
It is not about starting at the end of the story and revealing the outcome (even if they know it by heart), but about turning the story completely around and starring one of the secondary characters to approach it from a different perspective. That is, in the case of Little Red Riding Hood, we will tell the story from the wolf perspective or the hunter, that will be our main character!
We can imagine that the wolf had a difficult life inside the forest, since he could not find anything to eat, that he did not eat other animals because they were his friends, and that when he met Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother, he saw the only way to feed his family. Thus we will teach the child that the wolf is not always the bad guy in the stories, and that he also had his reasons for being able to eat the grandmother (even if it was not well done).
We can also tell the story backwards to the children adding a little imagination to the story and making it more fun by inventing that it was a vegetarian wolf, but that his condition as a wild wolf pushed him to have to eat meat, and that the poor wolf spent all the time fighting his own survival animal instincts, creating funny situations, from whose teaching we draw that we must assume ourselves as we are. But what if grandma is the one who set a trap for the wolf by luring him to her house so she can hunt him down and throw him into the stew? How does the story change, right?
Within the same story we can find several parallel stories, and we will teach children to put themselves in the shoes of the other characters and learn to empathize with them: there are no bad characters, but different ways of seeing life.
- Helps them see other perspectives of history and discover new tales.
- It makes them empathize with the different characters.
- Amuses them and it puzzles them that suddenly the story changes.
- May add new characters and participate in history.
- We will have fun telling it and we will put a little more emotion in the narration.
- We will develop your imagination and ours.
It is certainly a good technique for never get bored again Telling the usual stories
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