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Griot's Corner

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Griot’s Corner is a program tailored for Pre-K –through 3rd Grade that uses storytellers and children activities to highlight freedom, acceptance, multiculturalism and citizenship. The “Griot” (ɡrēˈō,ˈɡrēō) is a West African storyteller, historian and/or musician. The griot’s role was to preserve the genealogies and oral traditions of the respective tribe. Griot’s Corner uses the spirit of storytelling to promote literacy and to help young students build strong character traits. This series is especially designed to engage young learners with interactive activities that include reading, creative dramatics, art and music. GRIOT’S CORNER ADDS DATES FOR 2019-2020 PROGRAMS This program will:

  • Improve student literacy skills through the introduction of books and stories written and illustrated by diverse authors and illustrators.
  • Give children the opportunity to see themselves represented in literature.
  • Help foster children’s understanding of other cultures and people help students develop empathy by increasing their understanding of similarities and differences of people.
  • Encourage students to enjoy reading and to become life-long learners.

Griot’s Corner will take place under the Big Oak Tree in Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, 229 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island, on Thursday mornings starting at 10:00 a.m. Groups of up to 30 are recommended. There is ample parking for buses,and restrooms. The fee is $2.00 per child. Teachers will receive a copy of the book for their classroom or library. Total time for the program is approximately one hour.

To make arrangements for your visit to Griot’s Corner, please call us at the offices of Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, 843-255-7301.

Featured books:

The Adventures of Connie and Diego

October 3, 10, 17, 24. The Adventures of Connie and Diego, by Maria Garcia – A brother and sister who are teased because of their very different appearance leave their home and venture through a forest, where many animals assist them on their journey to a better understanding of themselves and their world. This is a bilingual story based on a Mexican folktale and read in Spanish and English. Highly recommended for ESOL classes.

The Sandwich Swap

November 7 and 14. The Sandwich Swap, by Queen RaniAlAbdullah. The reigning Queen of Jordan, who is also UNICEF’s Official Advocate for Children, has written a funny and truthful story about best friends who disagree (about something silly, of course,) create havoc at school, wind up in the principal’s office, and then try to figure out a way to make things right again. A story we all can relate to leading up to our Thanksgiving holiday.

If a Bus could talk

February 6, 13, 20, 27. If A Bus Could Talk, by Faith Ringgold. Our favorite storyteller and illustrator from last year’s Black History Month returns with a fanciful tale of a young student who is picked up by a bus who talks to her, and tells her the fascinating true story of Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks. By the time they reach school, the student has a new view of an important era in history.

Just Like

March 5, 12, 19, 26. Just Like Josh Gibson, by Angela Johnson. America’s pastime, baseball, has a long history enjoyed by many people, and generations are bridged when a girl learns about heroes of the game from her grandmother – and learns an even more surprising story about her grandmother!

The Other Side

May 7, 14. The Other Side, by Jacqueline Woodson. Young people are restricted to “their side of the fence,” but find that the lure of being friends is more powerful than imposed restrictions. A lovely story in measured tones with real and simple conclusions.

**Alternative Story for 3 year olds. Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes.

If you find the selection for the day you would like to come too mature for your group, we offer this cute story about the effects of teasing that comes with very charming illustrations.

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