Creating Stories About Our Heroes

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Re: why?

From: Judy
Date: 20 Oct 2004
Time: 09:24:19 -0500
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Hi Michael, Thank you for asking your question. I bet there are other children who have the same question you do, but for some reason, don't write in and ask it. So, they can read the answers to your question instead. Stories are important for lots of reasons. For example, a good story holds a child's interest. When a child is really interested in a story, s/he is open to learning all that the story has to offer. Being open means listening carefully, being thoughtful, bringing together personal memories with new ideas offered in the story. So - we wanted to help children see-feel-think-experience-imagine themselves in the role of a hero. Sometimes children who stutter find it difficult to be successful when they want to be. Like, maybe they don't raise their hand in class because they are afraid they will stutter. When this happens, they see other children succeeding in class, but not themselves. Sometimes they might wonder if they can be successful at anything just because they stutter. Marybeth, Amanda and I wanted to remind the children that stuttering does not need to get in the way of being great. In fact, kids who stutter learn some valuable skills that other kids don't. They learn to be better-than-average-communicators, as Kristin Chmela says. They were the ones in the story who knew how to stop the bully from turning the whole town into robots! I know that you are a terrific story teller! I bet you have lots of ideas for stories where you are the hero! :)

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