“We think in story because story provides a context for the facts so we can make sense of them.”
Storytelling is an integral part of the human experience. We experience stories in many forms: oral tradition, written literature, theatre, music, film, and various other art forms.
Storytelling is at the heart of what we do at The Willows Nursery School. We draw great inspiration from the decades-long work of Vivian Gussin Paley and her commitment to storytelling and fantasy play. As we end each day, we come together as one school community to engage the magic of stories. During this time, children tell their own stories. Sometimes the children’s stories become a play, the children actors, and the school a grand stage.
Additionally, we highlight a “Book of the Week” to afford children the opportunity to get to know a story on a deeper level. Repetition encourages children to observe and familiarize themselves with a story’s plot and concepts– and it invites children to write their own version of these stories.