The Value of our Personal Stories

The Value of our Personal Stories

As a part of our inservice day this fall, Mike Mann, a nationally recognized public speaker, storyteller, and child development expert, challenged us to recognize the value of our own personal stories. When we share our own story, we understand ourselves better and build connections with the people with whom we share. The theory is that connection is the key to healthy learning experiences.

Mike made us realize the importance of teachers and parents sharing stories with children.  Our stories help children understand us better and pass on important values.  We each have many stories we can tell. Your stories come from your experiences and those of your friends and relatives.  One story may be about a time when you were on a camping trip when you were young.  Another story may be about how you feel when you experience a sunset. Think about the many stories that make up your life and give your child the gift of hearing those stories from you.