Storytelling: As a Method of Teaching Religion in the First Grade
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Schirmer, Mary Austin O.S.B.
"Once upon a time..." Is there any other phrase that holds such charm or wields such power over man — that makes the restless attentive, the weary relaxed, and the old young again? To each there is a different listening but to all there is interest. The author of this thesis has chosen this topic after having been confronted with the problem of finding a proper medium whioh would "be at once adequate, adaptable, and pleasant in transmitting the love of God to little souls." Having discovered the magic of storytelling, the writer literally and frequently experienced the delight of seeing: "Little faces looking up Holding wonder like a cup." This wonder manifested itself in many ways. There was wonder that the Great God would be concerned about a lady with a fever, that He would keep the baby in the basket, unharmed by the waters or by beasts. Yet, these were stories—true stories that taught more than answers; they taught love.
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