For a few years when I was a young girl, my mother was a Sunday School teacher. She loved it and had a unique platform for explaining different cultures around the world. The Storyboard.
Basically, it started with a 3 x 3-foot board covered with felt. Then she had spent hours sourcing magazines and newspapers for images of people, houses, cars, baskets, animals, and just about anything anyone would use in their everyday life, anywhere in the world and cut them out, carefully pasting them onto thin cardboard and last but not least… applying the felt.
If, for instance, she was talking about how people in an African country celebrated Christmas, she’d place all the cut outs on the storyboard to display a scene. Then she’d talk to the scene and ask the Sunday School children to contribute to the story. She’d invite them to move the cut outs on the board around to help them to visualize the story, to become involved.
Ponga ignited that memory for me. I wondered; how can I take that concept from a 1960s Sunday School class and weave it with Ponga? The Ponga Storyboard idea was born.
Creating a scene…setting the stage… I became the director of my family stories.
Why do this? Why Storyboards? There may be people, young or old, who you share these storyboards with who will learn for the first time about the story, the scene will be new, and the entire show will entertain.
(Music: Guitalele's Happy Place by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.)