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Storytelling Week

20110505105817.jpgSpecial Guest John T. McCormick

Is joining Medomak for a new special session - STORYTELLING WEEK!

Imagine sitting around the campfire with your family, roasting marshmallows and reviving the long (and sadly somewhat lost) tradition of storytelling. Start your own family storytelling tradition with us at Medomak.

We can all READ a story from a book at bedtime, but think what a difference a story TELLING makes.
Join us for a week of family storytelling, and learn how exciting creating stories together can be.

August 14-20 will be a typical week of family camp, enhanced by additional activities focused on the art and excitement of family storytelling. John T. McCormick, author of Dad, Tell Me a Story : How to Revive the Tradition of Storytelling with Your Children, will be leading workshops to teach you and yours the art of storytelling.

About John T. McCormick

Like many parents, I enjoyed reading a bedtime story to my two sons each night before they went to bed. After the story was over, we would turn out the lights, and I would lie next to my sons as they fell asleep. Sometimes we’d talk. Other times my sons would be so tired they were sound asleep before I could turn out the light.
Then one night after the lights were out, my oldest son, Will – who was about three years old at the time – asked for one more story. But this time, he asked me to tell him a “story with my mouth.” That meant he wanted me to tell him one of my made-up stories, not someone else’s story from a book. And so I did. I just made up a story about the first thing that came into my mind. He loved it. So much so that he asked me the next night, “please tell me another story with your mouth.”
Thus a storytelling tradition was born in our family. Will is twelve years old now, and his brother, Connor, is ten. Just about every night since that first night Will asked me to tell him a story, I’ve made up an original story for my boys at bedtime.
When I see how important my storytelling is in their lives, I scratch my head to think how much our television and video-oriented society has lost in terms of the personal connections that storytelling brings. Before the invention of such “technological marvels” as television, DVDs, computer games, MP3s, and now “i-everythings,” a family’s evening was built around storytelling (along with letter writing, playing music or games, and reading aloud from books and poetry – other lost traditions). This oral tradition was passed down from generation to generation, and many of the epic stories we have today originated from this tradition until someone finally wrote them down.
Of all the things I do for my children, my storytelling is what they love the most. It has created a special bond between us, something that no one else does for them. They find that their day isn’t complete without one of my stories.
I also find that my day isn’t complete until I can tell a story with my children. Storytelling serves as a creative outlet for me. It is the perfect antidote to the cut-and-dry demands of work life, and puts perspective on the minor, nagging worries of the day. I hope that other parents will share my enthusiasm and passion for storytelling at home.

Praise for John's Book

“As a long time parent and grandparent I thought I knew a lot about making up and telling stories to children, but the guidance given in this book will help me to take this art to a new level. There are so many ideas of how to make storytelling a much more interesting, interactive, and above all fun experience. The book relates how this one dad created stories for, and with, his two young boys and how often he was able to involve them in resolving the problems and challenges presented in the stories, which adds immeasurably to the educational value of storytelling. There are so many good ideas that I found myself wishing I could turn back the clock for my now grown children, but my grandchildren will benefit!
A selection of the stories the father and children came up with is presented together with marvelous illustrations of the stories by the author and his children. I read this very readable book from cover to cover. The recommended age range should be increased from 5-11 to include adults of all ages who spend time with children and who can learn so much from this book to hone the craft of storytelling.”
- B.T., Washington, D.C.



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