Shakti in the Mountains is pleased to announce a new and exciting program – Our Stories, a storytelling program for parents and their children to enjoy together.
The purpose of this program is to share quality stories, both non-fiction and fiction tales that will be centered on strong female characters. The program will highlight the strength, value, and wisdom of the feminine spirit in each person. These stories will serve to empower and enlighten young girls as well as to help young boys better understand and appreciate the girls and women in their lives.
The stories are meant to reinforce the truth – that girls and women are strong, capable, courageous, wise, and smart enough in their own right to meet any challenges they may face. The storytelling sessions will have the added advantage of reinforcing early literacy skills as well as increasing acquired knowledge for each child. But most importantly, they will demonstrate that tales with strong females at their center are just as interesting, exciting, and important as are tales of their male counterparts.
We are pleased to invite all who are interested to come and enjoy the wonder of stories shared – Our Stories.
**The storytelling sessions will initially be geared to two age groups: 3 to 5 year olds and 6 to 8 year olds. Special offerings for older children and even adult sessions are being planned.
Dreams Realized, the Butterfly Maiden
The theme of our April story session is centered around the idea that life is ever changing just like the seasons and as we grow and change each of us dreams our own special dreams. A long time ago and even to this day many Native American tribes shared and continue to share stories of a woman they called the Butterfly Maiden. A kind and wise woman with great and beautiful wings, she taught her people that, like the catepillar who grows and changes into a butterfly spreading its wings and flying into the sky, so too do people grow and change. She taught them not to be afraid to spread their imaginary wings and to follow their own wonderful dreams.
With this as our inspiration, our April story session is designed to encourage each child to believe in themselves and the dreams they dream.
*The Butterfly Maiden, a Native Ameircan Tale
*Summer Birds, the Butterflies of Maria Merian, by Margarita Engle
More about your teacher:
Sally Jackson’s love for story and the storytelling experience developed early in her life as both her parents shared many wonderful tales with her. From the her father’s tales of imaginary friends, the Smorkelsmitchells, to her mother’s engaging folktale characters and adventures, Sally developed a love for stories and the storytelling experience. As an adult she has been fortunate to have been able to share stories both with her own children and to have also worked with children as a storyteller in schools and libraries in Indiana, Texas, Florida, and Tennessee. Believing that stories have the power to touch a bit of the child in all people, she has also enjoyed sharing tales with older students and adults. She is a co-founder of The Story*Book Fair, an organization promoting multigenerational literacy experiences for the Northeast Tennessee community.
April 24, 2018 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
FREE, however, space is limited to 15 children and a $3 Love Donation is suggested.
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