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.
Looking for ages 3 to 5? Click here.
Paving the Way
May is a wonderful time of year. The Spring Season is in full bloom and many feel inspired to try new and exciting things. But there are also many who may secretly wish they could try something new, whether it is a new job, hobby, or something else, and just don’t believe they can or should be doing their dream job or activity. They may feel this way because they have heard and believed the wrong messages, either coming from media sources or from various people with whom they interact. With children, especially girls, this can often be true. Far too many girls, and women as well, have the preconceived idea that there are certain things that are just off limits for them, simply because they are a female.
With this in mind our story theme for May, “Paving the Way” is centered around the idea that women can, and indeed do, achieve success in many areas – areas once viewed as strictly limited to men. Many brave and determined women have stepped up to take on wonderful new challenges and in the process have gone on to disprove old beliefs that far too often have limited choices for girls and women. These women – women like Sally Ride, America’s first female Astronaut – have paved the way for all the courageous females who have and will continue to follow in their footsteps. It must also be said that these women are truly role models who can inspire anyone, regardless of gender, to believe in themselves and their right to follow their own dreams.
Emma, Yes You Can, by Sally Jackson
Who Was Sally Ride, by Megan Stine
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.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
FREE, however, space is limited to 15 children and a $3 Love Donation is suggested.
You will need to register to secure your spot.
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