I grew up listening to stories from my parents and grandparents. My mother would narrate mythological stories of devotion and my father would read stories from the Children’s section of the newspaper. My grand mothers used to tell me stories about their lives before and after partition. I still remember being transported to the colouful and magical world created by the tender mind of 5 – 7 years.
In those days, with few programs on television, no computers and smart phones, stories were one of the main sources of entertainment and home education.
After almost 35 years, I have been re-introduced to the world of children stories. All the memories have come back flooding. I fondly remember the stories of Malgudi days, Vikram aur Vetaal, Amar Chitra Katha, Jataka tales, Panchatantra ki kahaniyan etc. Their profound lessons remain etched in my mind till date.
How did it start?
In 2016, I learnt about the comprehensive program in effective storytelling for kids, offered by Ms Geeta Ramanujam, Founder of Kathalaya in Bangalore. After participating in the introductory session, I thought to myself…
How joyful it would be to tell stories to children and witness them discover their lives!
How delightful it would be to watch little minds create new ways of seeing the world with their imagination, carving images, and drawing out characters!
How wonderful it would be to take the stories as a gift of education to all, particularly the underprivileged children and rural schools!
SUNO KAHANI – Story Space
And so, as I am in the final stages of completing the program, with the support and expertise of Kathalaya, Bangalore, Suno Kahani has been conceived.
It is a friendly and fun spirited space offering storytelling for kids where they can rediscover their roots, culture, and heritage in a systematic and authentic manner.
This initiative of Loving yourself Foundation, in association with Kathalaya, offers an innovative classroom curriculum embedded on the Storytelling methodology. It has been developed to suit the pedagogical levels of children between ages of 2-15. For each level the stories have been meticulously chosen and interwoven with the basic concepts of learning keeping in view the curriculum of NCERT.
Each story has been conceived by a panel of experts from Academics and Arts. The stories are part of the Story Lab experimented in activity centers and schools over the past 17 years.
Additionally, the use of positive affirmations and mindfulness techniques, music, props, puppets, activities and worksheets alongwith art make it a fully integrated and creative learning process for children.
Why should children listen to stories?
Listening to stories subtly balances the emotional quotient and academic intelligence thereby facilitating holistic learning. While each child is special and has a unique learning curve, some of the outcomes can be:
- Social skills
- Communication skills
- Language Development
- Enhanced Self Esteem & Confidence
- Enhanced Creative thinking & Imagination
- Above all, lots of Fun & Happiness
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