Just as with early childhood Montessori students, elementary students enjoy hearing true stories told by their teacher. You can share true stories from your life or tell a true tale of one of the students and allow other students to guess who the story is about. You can also “quiz” the Montessori students on the story that was told.
Montessori Storytelling: True Stories in the Elementary EnvironmentPair students or create small groups of students and ask them to “act out” the true story (or the student’s story if that is what was shared). They can create their performance in their pairs or small groups and if desired, share their performance with other groups or with the Montessori class as a whole.
These activities can be repeated often as transition activities, as consistent storytelling work or practice, as an extension of literature and other language activities, or as theme work. To further extend these storytelling activities, your Montessori classroom can have a public speaking day or “competition.” Challenge your students to create (and practice) a speech that shares a true story from their lives. You can offer categories for humor, stories with a moral, etc. Guide your students to practice with one another and offer helpful critiques. If your students could have appropriate fun with it, pass out scorecards for the final speeches.
Another extension of storytelling in a group circle is for students to create plays from their true stories. These plays can be written and edited with peers, practiced in class, and performed for other classrooms and parents.
Telling true stories and sharing storytelling with your Montessori students will create a life of its own. Your students will develop their own amazing ideas for incorporating storytelling into the Montessori curriculum.
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© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, July 22, 2010.