Storytelling with parents and young children has been the main focus of Sally and Erika’s work for over 27 years. Songs, rhymes and little stories give parents and caregivers a portable and practical way of connecting with their children.
Sally began storytelling in kindergarten with a riddle and has been collecting and sharing rhymes, stories and songs ever since. She came to Toronto, Ontario from Wisconsin in 1972, and pursued her love of stories at The Boys and Girls House of the Toronto Public Library and The Storytellers School of Toronto. The first course that Sally attended at The Storytellers School of Toronto, her daughter Erika attended, too. Before she was born!
In 1981, Sally created Mr. Bear Says Hello, her first parent/child program, which was offered in several branches of the Toronto Public Library. Erika was a toddler on her lap at the time. Twenty years later, in 2001, Erika joined Sally as a teaching partner.
Erika got an early start as a storyteller! The daughter of Toronto storyteller Sally Jaeger and David Jaeger, composer and CBC radio producer, she grew up in a musical and storytelling family. Erika was wrapped in stories and music since birth!
As an adult, Erika apprenticed with Sally and attended workshops with some of Toronto’s finest storytellers. An avid storyteller, Erika has been teaching with Sally since 2001. Erika draws in little ones with her friendly smile and guides parents and caregivers as they build their repertoire and skills. Erika helps families discover the value of using fingerplays, rhymes, stories and songs on a daily basis.
One, two, three, four, baby’s at the cottage door!
Five, six, seven, eight, eating pancakes off a plate!