Horizons on the Hudson Storytelling Troupe Visits Head Start



     The Horizons on the Hudson Storytelling Troupe received a warm reception at Head Start of Eastern Orange County recently when students visited the building to share their love of Kamishibai storytelling.

     Fifth graders, Taliyah Featherston, Tamiyah Featherston, Mikala McMillan and Ian Proveda read to a total of eight classrooms full of enthusiastic children. The students were accompanied by Horizons on the Hudson Library Teacher Michell Jumpp, and parent-volunteer Mrs. Johnston. Storytellers fully engaged the students with questions and discussed the moral of their stories. Stories were told through a series of pictures.

     Many students commented that they would like to return to Head Start to read to children when they “grow up”, and were pleased to learn that the Featherston girls both previously attended Head Start.

     In addition, teachers expressed interest in learning more about Kamishibai storytelling as a teaching and learning tool in their classrooms. Storytellers will visit again before the end of the school year and will, at that time, provide teachers with information on how to use Kamishibai in their classrooms.



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