Picture book session for future nursery school teachers
On 7th July 2016, I held a special session for students at Jissen Women's University in Hachioji, Tokyo.
Most of these students plan to be nursery school or kindergarten teachers in the future, so they were interested in getting some information about how to use picture books in English to teach children and stimulate creativity and imagination in the classroom.
Apart from reading two of my stories to the students, I gave them some actual experience of games, craft activities, songs and dances related to picture books. They actively joined in all of the activities and were particularly good at the Lily and the Moon dance!
Their regular teacher, Chiyuki Yanase, had already introduced the art of storytelling to the students and after my session the next project that the students will undertake is to plan and make their own stories and present them to local elementary school children.
I thoroughly enjoyed giving the session and the feeling the enthusiasm of the students.
I'm sure that their stories will be great!!