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Storytelling classes (after-school activity of IPS Almere)

‘Once upon a time….. Or how to be a great storyteller!’

Do you love stories? A story told by a great storyteller could take you on a journey to any imaginable place in the world. Most people love to listen to stories, but not that many know how to tell them vividly by heart.

Would you like to learn how to tell stories professionally?

If you join this workshop this winter after school you’ll make a start of being a storyteller yourself. At the end you will be able to tell in a professional way a story by heart in front of a real audience. We’ll invite of course your parents, brothers and sisters to come to the final presentation. The final performance of the former group was really great. All the children told their own story in front of a real audience. It’s been a great experience for them.

You can chose to tell a story in Dutch, English or French, or multilingual.

Who am I?

My name is Frédérique te Dorsthorst – de Muij. I’m a storyteller, teacher and organization advisor. I’ve liked stories my whole life. Since 2012 I also tell stories professionally at ‘children’ at the age of 3 – 103. When I tell stories I use all kind of different storytelling techniques, like the Kamishibai, drawing stories or multilingual storytelling. 

Besides telling stories myself, I also learn both children or adults how to tell stories using the different storytelling techniques. Furthermore I use the power of stories to accompany changing process in companies. www.vertelvrouwe.nl

Goal of the ‘Storytelling classes’

Children experience the joy and fun of telling a (fantasy) story all by their own, by heart and in a professional way. They make their own stories out of a common known story or learn how to tell an existing story they choose to work with. They learn how to present it in front of a group or an audience.

Storytelling helps children in a playfull way with their competences of Dutch or English or French, like vocabulary or syntax.

Experiencing a story helps children develop, because they identify naturally with the hero.
Remembering a story helps us cope problems even later as adults.

Target group

Children 8 – 12 year old

The different ages and levels can easily be together in one group, because every child works with their own chosen story at their own level. Obviously there might be in the end during the presentation a difference in level between the younger and the older children, but during this course every child has grown in their own way, and at their own level.

If you joined the first group, please feel welcome to join now too. As you know you’ll work with your own story and I’ll help you to go further with your skills.

Learning goals

  • Learn the difference between reading and telling a story
  • Start of learning how to make your own stories
  • Learn to present yourself in front of a group
  • Learn to be focused at your audience during your presentation
  • Learn how good stories are build up (storytelling theory)
  • Learn some (basic) techniques how to tell a story (articulation, use of the voice, etc.)
  • Learn some techniques how to memorize a story (drawing, storyline, etc.)
  • Learn how to tell stories in a visual way for the audience
  • Learn how to change the scene of the story to correspond with the age of the audience, the time of the year, the location where the story is being told, etc..
  • Learn some different ways of how stories can be told (Kamishibai, drawing stories, etc.)

Time of the class

Monday at 15:30 – 16:30

Date 2018

April: 9, 16 and 23
May: 7, 14 and 28
June: 4, 11

Size of a group

max 12 children


€96 for 8 classes

If you want to enroll, please contact Nicole Gerritsen at IPS Almere.