On January 18, Cori and Jen hosted the primary teachers study group at Diefenbaker Elementary. Teachers shared the different storytelling experiences they have been engaging in with their students.
We went outside to a small stand of trees near the school and used natural clay from Deserres to create story trees with found, natural materials.
How might the shape, texture, crevices, branches or bark of a tree inspire a story?
What different parts of a tree could be the site for a story setting?
How can we transform clay to create characters for our stories? What can we add to clay? How can we spread and mold the clay? How might water transform the clay and our stories?
One of our young guests created a dinosaur and was happily telling stories while the adults also played!
As we left the traces of our stories behind, we wondered what families would think and wonder as they encountered them on their walk to school the next morning and what new stories might be inspired.