Bringing stories to life
Pantomime, parachutes and processions

  • Snapshot stories: working in pairs, one person pretends to be a camera while the other is the photographer. The person playing the camera closes their eyes and only opens them again... © Goethe-Institut/Jörg F. Müller
    Snapshot stories: working in pairs, one person pretends to be a camera while the other is the photographer. The person playing the camera closes their eyes and only opens them again...
  • ... when the photographer takes the picture. They walk around the room together, taking snapshots. © Goethe-Institut/Jörg F. Müller
    ... when the photographer takes the picture. They walk around the room together, taking snapshots.
  • Once lots of different impressions have been recorded, the pictures are “developed” by having the camera list as many of the images as possible. © Goethe-Institut/Jörg F. Müller
    Once lots of different impressions have been recorded, the pictures are “developed” by having the camera list as many of the images as possible.
  • The teams photograph not only books, pictures or objects during their journey of discovery... © Goethe-Institut/Jörg F. Müller
    The teams photograph not only books, pictures or objects during their journey of discovery...
  • ... but also take portrait photos. © Goethe-Institut/Jörg F. Müller
    ... but also take portrait photos.
  • Where on earth has everyone gone? Ever since Lena accidentally forgot him on the bus (“Paul ist weg!” by Anja Rieder), Paul is no longer likes to be alone. © Goethe-Institut/Jörg F. Müller
    Where on earth has everyone gone? Ever since Lena accidentally forgot him on the bus (“Paul ist weg!” by Anja Rieder), Paul is no longer likes to be alone.
  • Paul, Lena’s bear, already has some experience of flying (“Paul fliegt!” by Anja Rieder). Soon he will take to the air on a parachute. Until then, he will take care of the books from the book package. © Goethe-Institut/Jörg F. Müller
    Paul, Lena’s bear, already has some experience of flying (“Paul fliegt!” by Anja Rieder). Soon he will take to the air on a parachute. Until then, he will take care of the books from the book package.
  • The workshop participants use the parachute to help Paul the bear fly. © Goethe-Institut/Jörg F. Müller
    The workshop participants use the parachute to help Paul the bear fly.

Educational play methods help to combine language with movement. Using the parachute and processions, children’s books become moving stories, while their readers initiate games. Accompanying movements help new words to be learnt and remembered more easily.

Using a concentration game with spoken pantomime or a word memory, words can be made more easily understandable and anchored in the memory by a movement.

Words of welcome from Anika Schmidt

Anika Schmidt coordinated library pedagogy at Stadtbibliothek Bremen until August 2016. Since 1 September 2016 she has been the director of Stadtbücherei Delmenhorst (Delmenhorst Public Library). She is also a member of the dbv Expert Committee on Children’s and Young Adult Libraries, as well as a freelance story-teller. 

Presentation Anika Schmidt (Stadtbücherei Delmenhorst)
   

Design of the material collection

The material in this collection has been put together to reflect the workshop topics. Pick the topic that interests you in order to obtain more information.

Words of welcome from Hella Klauser (Goethe-Institut) and lectures by Anne Barckow (Bücherhallen Hamburg) and Britta Schmedemann (Stadtbibliothek Bremen).

Introduction: Einfach lesen!
Participants in this workshop were familiarized with the visual literacy concept, which provides access to text through pictures. Various methods of approaching specific themes were presented, for example using picture stories or memory games.
 
The workshop was run by Heidi Jakob, Bücherhallen Hamburg, children’s work coordinator.

Workshop: A picture’s worth a thousand words
During this workshop participants searched for recurrent themes in both language versions of a particular fairy tale by identifying key scenes and presenting them creatively, for example using hand puppets or singing.

The workshop was run by Susanne Brandt, Büchereizentrale Schleswig-Holstein (Schleswig-Holstein Central Library Services).

Fairy tales work wonders