The adventures of Bujji

Deepa Kiran

When we think of storytelling in the learning environment, we often think of pre-primary children and language development. Contrary to this opinion, storytelling is relevant for various age groups and varied learning requirements. However, in this part of the series we shall look at using storytelling at the primary level to teach a science concept.

water-cycle Story
Up in the bright blue sky, there once lived a white fluffy cloud called Bujji. She was very curious and really fond of moving all the time. She would go from here to there and there to here.
“Tee dee dum. Dara dum dum” Bujji sang and jumped as she moved.

One day she saw golden raindrops falling from the sky. Tapa Tapaa Tapa Tapaa, the raindrops fell. And she said, “Oh the rain looks so beautiful! How I wish…how I wish I could be the rain! “Just as those words left her lips, something magical happened. Tiding, tiding, ting. Bujji changed into golden raindrops and went falling down, down, down to the Earth. She was so excited and she clapped her hands and laughed in joy. “Oh I am so beautiful! I am the rain!’, she said.

As the raindrops fell on the dry Earth, Bujji saw a beautiful river flowing through the land. Jala, jalaa, jala, jalaa, the river flowed. And she said, “Oh the river looks so beautiful! How I wish…how I wish I could be the river!” Just as those words left her lips, something magical happened. Tiding, tiding, ting. Bujji changed into a long deep flowing river and went flowing through the lands. She was so excited, she clapped her hands and laughed with joy. “Oh I am so beautiful! I am the river!”, she said.

As the river went and joined the mighty blue sea, Bujji saw the sea in wonder, a gigantic beautiful blue sea, with strong waves going wusa, wusaa, wusa, wusaa the waves swept along. And she said, “Oh the sea looks so beautiful! How I wish…how I wish I could be the sea!” Just as those words left her lips, something magical happened. Tiding, tiding, ting. Bujji changed into the deep blue sea and washed her waves across the shores. She was so excited, she clapped her hands and laughed with joy. “Oh I am so beautiful! I am the sea!” she said.

The author is a storyteller, educationist, writer and voice-over artist. She holds storytelling performances with music and dance woven in. She conducts training workshops for teachers on the art of storytelling and using it in the classroom. She is also the founder of Story Arts India (www.storyartsindia.com), an organization that offers storytelling shows and training programs for children, teachers, parents and all storytelling enthusiasts. She can be reached at over2deepakiran@gmail.com. You can also visit her facebook page storyartsindiaofficial or view her storytelling videos on YouTube.

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