I belong to a Storytellers’ ListServe, where tellers from all over the world exchange information and tips on telling. It’s an amazing group, and quite honestly I often cannot keep up with the flurries of conversations that occur on this list! Fascinating stuff though.
Yesterday one of the tellers posted this article “Gesturing While Talking Helps Change Your Thoughts,” from Science Daily. Thanks to Cathryn Wellner from British Columbia, Canada. Give it a read, then let me know…Do you talk with YOUR hands?
At my weekly Baby & Toddler Sing-Along & Storytime I am blessed by Marisa Wagner’s presence. She is one of the moms who bring their children each week. Marisa is also well-schooled in Sign Language. She is always adding gestures and signs to our songs, and willingly teaching me and the other young moms. Now the toddlers are quickly picking up on all of the hand motions that emerge in songs, nursery rhymes and in the stories that I tell. For these little pre-language beings, the hand gestures help them readily connect with the stories.