Story telling gets kids moving

IT'S not the first time Charlie Norman has experienced the lively storytelling of Boori Pryor but it was just as fun the second time round.

"He came to my old school and it was so much fun," Charlie, aged 11, said.

Last Thursday, Indigenous Australian writer and story teller, Boori (Monty) Pryor visited Cannonvale State School and told three different stories from his book 'Shake a Leg'.

Boori certainly put an entertaining twist on the experience having the students go "inside the story" by acting them out under his direction.

Students performed two dances, the crocodile and honey bee dance and acted out a butterfly story too.

"Kids want to move and when they move they get inspired," Boori said.

"We start from listening then they go to dancing, singing, drawing, colouring in and then they write their own stories."

The students went on to write their own version of one of the three stories from the point of view of the crocodile, honey bee or butterfly.

Charlie said she learned some valuable lessons during the storytelling.

"It taught us how to be nice and not to invade people's space and be good to parents," she said.

Kybie Phillips, 11, said Monty was entertaining and made the experience fun for everyone.

"I really liked doing the performances and I liked the butterfly story," he said.


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