The Magic of Storytelling: The Gateway to Literacy

Early Childhood Education - Discover Playful Ways to Engage Children in Storytelling
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Introduction to Fantasy Play
The Work of Vivian Paley & Boston Public Schools
The Role of the Teacher
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  • Basic understanding of child development.


Literacy begins with telling our story!  Discover playful and creative ways to engage children in speaking and writing about their lives through imaginary play.

This course follows the research of Vivian Paley, examining our adult perceptions of children's learning and the value of imaginary play.  We will examine the work of Vygotsky and Dewey as they describe the child as a social learner, becoming knowledgeable within the context of group work.  Finally we will encourage teachers to take a leap of faith in modeling storytelling based upon the real stories occurring in your classroom.

This course includes over 60 minutes of quality classroom video and pdf article downloads.

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Who this course is for:

  • This course is designed for Early Childhood educators, leaders and policy makers.


Instructional Designer
Mary Ann Biermeier, M.Ed.
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 1,919 Reviews
  • 16,367 Students
  • 4 Courses

Mary Ann Biermeier M.Ed. managing director of Riverbend Studios, llc.  She brings to our online courses over twenty years experience in early childhood education - first as a classroom teacher and also as a the Director of Professional Development at NAEYC accredited preschool in Arizona.  She is former Director of the INSPIRE Early Childhood Leadership Series providing educator workshops and online courses in the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.  She began her teaching career in education in 2000 after a 20 year career in software design and development.

She is Executive Director for Valley Early Childhood Association, a Chapter of Arizona AEYC.  She has served on the executive board of All-Star Kids Tutoring, an Arizona non-profit providing volunteer tutors that mentor children in grades 2 & 3 struggling with literacy and reading fluency. She is also former board chair of Communities In Schools, an Arizona non-profit providing community resources within schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life.

Mary Ann Biermeier is an Arizona certified instructor holding a Masters degree with distinction in Early Childhood Education Curriculum & Instruction from Northern Arizona University, a graduate degree in Instructional Design and Digital Media from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in Political Science & Economics from the University of Minnesota.

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