told by Effua Daniels
‘BFFTA best TV personality 2011’
Talking fish? Talking dogs? Impossible! Or is it?
Too Much Talk is a traditional Ghanaian story orally passed on from generation to generation. It tells the story of fish and dogs and many other things talking. Finally the Chief hears about it and is not impressed, as he knows that these things can’t talk. Until all of a sudden, something else begins to have its say…
The gentle, repetitive language makes it a natural choice for story time, and the simple text provides ample opportunities for participating in the story.
Effua specializes in oral and written multi-cultural stories and traditional folk tales. She works with children and families, and also freelances in story telling and training consultancy across the UK. She has written scripts and stories for the Cbeebies children’s series ‘Story Makers’.
For more information or to contact Effua, please visit www.effuastales.co.uk
The opportunity to enjoy stories and play with language is essential for young children. We recommend you watch and re-watch the story. The repetition will help deepen your child’s understanding of the vocabulary, structure, emotional content and drama of the story.
And have fun playing the games in the app! They will help your child begin to have confidence in mimicking and re-telling parts or all of a story in their own creative way. Teachers designed all of the games with some key points in mind -
- to help children understand the structure of the story
- to help them listen carefully to short, detailed parts of the story
- to repeat and record themselves
- to share their recorded version of the story
It has been known for a long time that successful reading and writing depend on the child being able to speak and listen well first – this app offers the perfect opportunity to practice both! Independent research shows that our stories, told and filmed in this way, help build images in your child’s mind directly from the spoken word. This inner world will later become the ‘reading voice’ and the building blocks for creative writing.
So listening to and playing with stories in this way is like having the most enjoyable imagination training possible! And it has been proven that a child’s knowledge of story was the key indicator in their academic success.
Enjoy the stories together and instill in them a love of language and diverse cultural appreciation that will last a lifetime.