Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
This is the first in a four-part series discussing different forms of storytelling:
Part 1: Folklore
Part 2: Fairy Tales: A Comparison
Part 3: Fairy Tales & Nature
Part 4: Fables and Parables
Folklore is an expression that includes songs, rhymes, lullabies, dances, tales, myth, legends, memories, poems, jokes, riddles, games, proverbs and special sayings.
Many of us have some form of folklore represented within our family. This would be a good opportunity to help the child understand that folklore can have personal meaning. Share a personal folklore with them and then ask them to share a personal folklore with you. If they cannot think of an example, they can develop one. Author Nina Jaffe offers the following tips:
If they have a personal folklore to share, ask them:
If they need to develop a personal folklore, ask them:
Once they gathered all their information, they can express their folklore in whatever way they feel most comfortable: song, dance, written story, drawing, oral story, etc.
Color the pictures and fill in the blanks to finish a “Once Upon A Time” story