Easter Bunny Creative Literacy Lesson Idea

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.

The stories we look at were:

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Woohoo! We are Finalists in the year’s ERA Awards

ERA FinalistWe are delighted to announce that we are finalists in this year’s Educational Resource Awards SEN Resource category for our Pojo and the Chest of Dreams Create and Show Kit.

To us this kit is already a winner as it helped Jill Stevens, Literacy Co-ordinator at Collingbourne Primary School double the number of entries to our writing competition.

The winner will be announced at a gala dinner on 17th March at the National Motorcycle Museum. So Pojo had better dust off his bow tie again.

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Stories from Around the World

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.

So here is my list:

●     First ask parents about stories they were told when they were children.
●    Classic Folk Tales 80 Traditional stories from Around the World Retold by Nicola Baxter Published by Armadillo ISBN 978-1-84322-855-4
●    147 Traditional Stories for Primary School Children to Retell by Chris Smith PhD ISBN 978-1-907359-39-2
●     http://www.longlongtimeago.com
●    shortstoriesshort.com/story
●    www.shortstorylovers.com
●    http://www.english-for-students.com/Very-Short-Stories-for-Kids.html
●    http://www.shortkidstories.com
●    http://www.worldstories.org.uk
●    http://fairytalesoftheworld.com/

The Enormous Turnip Literacy Lesson

20150429_101655Getting 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

How to change stories.

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.

How to use your hands whilst telling stories

#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.

Chinese New Year Lanterns, Fans and Windchimes

Chinese lanterns, fans and windchimes 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.

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