We had a bit of fun this week as it was the last session before the Easter break. We look at how there are lots of stories about how the Easter bunny came about.
Literacy Lesson Idea
Once we had made a bunny I asked them to come up with with a story about how the bunny they had made came to be the Easter bunny. They could make up their own or use bits from some of the stories they had heard.
I was on Facebook this evening and saw a post from a teacher asking where she could find stories from other countries and cultures. So I thought I would share with you a page from a handout from our Big Books and Puppets for Children with EAL & SEN workshop which gives sources of loads of folk tales from around the world. There are loads of folk tales out there, many we already know.
Getting children involved and encouraging them to retell or in early years helping you retell a story is a vital step towards them developing their own stories.
When a child holds a puppet they’ve made it belongs to them. We’ve had a fair few tears from children who have put down their puppets and then can’t find them, in our time. And it is this possession that encourages reluctant speaks to come out of their shells. Puppets help to develop children’s speaking and listening skills when they are used to retell a story. But puppets that they have made take this to another level. Continue reading →
Today is the last our Top 10 Tips of Storytelling.We hope you have found them useful in the run up to National Storytelling Week (28th Jan – 4th Feb). We would love to hear what stories you are sharing with your class/setting, so why not share them with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.
Today’s tip is all about how you can change stories, improvise. The video also includes a tip on how to adapt a story for children with EAL.
Hope you enjoyed the tips. We’ve certainly learned a lot whilst making them as these are the first videos we have made ourselves.
#NationalStorytellingWeek is almost here and here we are with tip 9 of our Top 10 tips of stoytelling in the classroom. This video is all about how to use your hands to draw the audience in when you are telling stories to children and keep them engaged, plus how not to over do it.
To celebrate Chinese New Year which starts this Saturday we had an old Chinese folktale. I took it from my copy of Folktales from Around the World book. The story in the book is a little short so I have created my own version of The Youngest Wisest Wife, which I have shared with you below.
After the story we made lanterns, fans and windchimes which feature in the story, the instructions for which are below.