In this episode we welcome back Jim Weiss, master storyteller and a voice so many of us recognize.
This is a fantastic episode to enjoy with your kids, because Jim tells us two stories during the show: Stone Soup and a tale of Sherlock Holmes, The Mazarin Stone.
Gather everyone ’round and enjoy!
In this episode, you’ll hear:
- Jim’s two rules for telling our children stories (you’ll love them)
- How to handle interruptions… and how to clarify what’s happening in a story without “breaking character”
- Why you’re probably better at reading aloud than you realize…
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- 1:53 A special episode!
- 3:22 STORYTIME: Stone Soup
- 15:13 Welcome Jim Weiss
- 15:28 Not any good at reading aloud?
- 18:11 Reading aloud as an act of love
- 22:28 A living element
- 24:00 Keeping kids in the story
- 27:09 ‘More fairy tales’
- 29:12 Translating for clarity
- 32:50 Vocal strain
- 36:38 STORYTIME: The Mazarin Stone
Links from this episode:
- RAR #04: Tips and Tricks for Reading Aloud, a Conversation with Jim Weiss
- RAR #05: The Importance of Reading Aloud Imperfectly (with Jim Weiss)
- Jim’s website
- Jim’s workshop handouts
- Get the RAR book list
Quotes to remember:
“It’s an act of love to sit down and share a story. To pause your schedule. To stop everything else you’re doing and just sit in a story with your child.“ – Sarah Mackenzie
“When it comes to reading aloud, you’re probably better at it than you know. Nobody sounds good to themselves. At the beginning of this, I have the vision that when Meryl Streep’s daughters were kids, they probably said to her, ‘Oh mom, do we have to do this again?’ when she started reading to them.” – Jim Weiss
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You’ll also enjoy:
- How an Audio Book is Made, with audio book narrator and producer, Lyssa Browne
- Are you making this mistake when you read aloud with your kids?
- How to make reading aloud the best part of the day