Apart from creating artwork, I am also an American Sign Language (ASL) Community Storyteller, which I do part-time. I have traveled to daycare centers, schools, a community center and a shelter to tell children stories.
I also had the opportunity to give a workshop on ASL Community Storytelling at Southern Baptist Conference of the Deaf. Below is the handout instruction I gave to my class. These instructions are helpful to the Deaf, hard of hearing and people who can hear, who
would be interested in becoming a storyteller.
If you have any questions about ASL Community Storytelling, please contact me at email@example.com.
What is American Sign Language COMMUNITY STORYTELLING?
It is an opportunity to share delightful and positive stories to children in your community.
BECOMING A COMMUNITY STORYTELLER WILL:
* Take you out of your comfort zone.
* Allow you to have fun.
* Encourage children to have positive behavior.
* Give you the opportunity to interact with children and learn from them.
* Allows you to volunteer at daycare, church, school, community center,
hospital, shelter etc.
GETTING STARTED YOU WILL NEED TO:
* Enjoy telling stories.
* Practice at different locations.
* Read children books.
* Be creative, lively, friendly and open.
HOW TO ADVERTISE YOUR STORYTELLING SERVICE:
* Tell your family, friends and other people you know about your service.
* Let people know your storytelling service is free.
* Create a flyer, business cards, or a website to promote your storytelling service.
YOUR FIRST OPPORTUNITY: (The Deaf and hard of hearing can use an interpreter)
* Find out the children’s age level.
* Find out if there are any deaf children.
* Have an outline list of stories and activities.
* Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to set-up.
* Tell the children about yourself.
* You can ask a teacher or childcare provider to hold your book while you sign
the story or use whatever method you feel is best.
WHEN THE STORY-TIME IS OVER:
Ask for feedback.
* Continue reading children books.
* Practice to perfect your skill.
* Create your own stories.
* Continue promoting your storytelling service.
If it’s your goal to work with children, your storytelling service will look great on your resume. Or if it’s simply to improve your storytelling skills, you will be happy with the result as well as the feeling of confidence in your ability.
Quote for today:
A story can bring positive behavior to children that can last throughout their lifetime.