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What were you like when you were my age?

Posted on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010.

To celebrate the 2010 National Day of Listening on Thanksgiving weekend, the San Francisco StoryBooth and the Contemporary Jewish Museum collaborated to put on a fun-filled afternoon of family activities.

The program featured a “listening stick” art-making project, which was a big hit for all ages! In line with the event’s theme, kids and parents sat at tables hanging out together, telling stories, and adorning their crafty cardboard tubes with ears, collaged images, and even some written messages about the importance of listening in their lives.

On the other side of the classroom, StoryCorps staff and fabulous interns from the museum’s Teen Art Connect program set up StoryCorps-inspired interactive stations: one for listening and one for storytelling. At the listening station, kids and their parents sat laughing and listening through headphones to some favorite StoryCorps stories. At the storytelling station, we invited families to record StoryCorps-esque short interviews with each other about whatever they wanted – earliest memories, favorite moments in their lives…you name it. Several young kids chose to interview their parents, which was, as to be expected, VERY cute.

Witnessing these sweet family moments this National Day of Listening was a great reminder to take the time to listen even when it’s not a holiday.

4 Responses to “What were you like when you were my age?”

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  • This event is very useful for children and their parents as well.

    Comment from Tan Trinh on February 19, 2011 at 12:17 am - Reply to this Comment
  • So cute. Congrats on a successful event!

    Comment from nina on December 23, 2010 at 11:18 am - Reply to this Comment
  • This is so great. Thanks for bringing the 2010 National Day of Listening to San Francisco!

    Comment from Chaela on December 22, 2010 at 2:46 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • This kills me with cuteness, Sophie. My favorite listening stick wisdom: “No talkin when it ain’t your turn.”

    Comment from Sarah on December 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm - Reply to this Comment

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