A New Connection to the 4C’s: Storytelling and Retelling
Stories provide a strong personal connection between learning, language, form, and comprehension. Stories told strengthen relationships, build moral understanding, and provide an avenue for personal expression. A new role for storytelling is connecting to the 4C’s, which have been identified as the essential skills for the 21st century: Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking. In both telling and retelling stories, there is the opportunity to enhance the development of these skills. Investigate how storytelling can work with young children, how creativity can be enhanced, and how opportunities for communication and collaboration can be included. A child’s retelling of the story affords these same important abilities but also supports thinking critically about the story content, characters, events, and their personal interpretations. Collect new, appropriate stories to tell your young children and encounter ways to encourage children to retell their stories!