Interactive Learning for:



♦ Workshops
♦ After-School Programs
♦ School Residencies
♦ Clubs
♦ Adult Education 

As an experienced educator, Nancy knows how storytelling can stimulate the senses and stretch the imaginations of children, to enrich their lives as readers and writers.  She has the background and knowledge to employ storytelling to reach and teach to the strengths of those who learn best through auditory processing and hands-on, dramatic activities.  Children will learn how to find, collect and ‘own’ stories from folklore, literature and personal stories. StoryYakkers offer opportunities to build skills in all aspects of language arts, while creating an intimate and connected community among story lovers.

Noa StoryYakkers2“Nancy provides a wonderful, creative and positive environment for children; most importantly for inspiring creativity and individuality.  We have two children, who are already part of her fan club and look forward to when our youngest child can learn the ins and outs of storytelling, blowing bubbles, whistling and feet soaking.”
                                                                                                                                                 – Janine Hoffman, parent

WHO:Kaiden StoryYakkers2
♦ children in grades 2 – 5
♦ middle school students
♦ adult groups

Problem Solving
Emotional Intelligence
Respect for Diversity
Personal and Cultural Identity
Compassion and Empathy
Community Building

“You kept their attention. They were the best I have ever seen them! Absolutely amazing!”
– Heather Niemi, teacher

StoryYakkers is also for adults.  Many groups and organizations, naturally interested in family history, gathering life stories and creating memoir, will enjoy the interactive experiences provided in these learning sessions and workshops.

StoryYakker Coach” Nancy Shapiro-Pikelny is a talented storyteller and teacher who has been bringing the art of storytelling to children and adults in her hometown of Skokie and nation-wide for more almost two decades.  She has led workshops and performed at schools, synagogues, churches, women’s groups and other diverse venues including the Exchange Place at the National Storytelling Festival, the Chicago Jewish Folk Arts Festival, Stories For Life Festival of Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC, the Chicago Board of Jewish Education, Hadassah, and the Illinois Storytelling Festival.


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