Words are very powerful things. They can convey our feelings, describe a scene, or tell a story. They can give us factual information or give us pleasure by reading a story or listening to a song. We are frequently encouraged to read for pleasure so why are children not encouraged to write for pleasure?
I find writing for pleasure relaxing and lots of fun. There is nothing better than sitting down with a notebook and pen and letting your imagination run riot. It’s something that we should definitely do more of. It’s also something that the new Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child is a big supporter of as she strongly believes that children should have much more time to sit down and let their imaginations wander and we couldn’t agree with her more!
In case you didn’t know today is National Writing Day and we thought we would come up with a little writing prompt for you in case you’re wondering what to do.
Pojo’s chest of dreams only grants wishes to those who had been good, but what would be in your chest of dreams and what stories would it tell?
We are always on the look out for great stories and would love to hear yours.
We are absolutely delighted to say that our Pojo and the Chest of Dreams Create and Show kit was awarded three stars in the Early Years Excellence awards.
The judges said “The Pojo and the Chest of Dreams kit had a vast impact on children’s listening and attention skills. The children were able to interact with, and take part using the puppets, which is also good for social interaction and building confidence.”
It’s good to know our Pojo is such a little star!!
We were also delighted to see Little Livello was also a finalist in the maths category so it’s good to know that we’ve got a whole range of award winning resources.
To see the rest of the winners we’ve attached the awards special for you to have a read. Awards Special
Handa’s Surprise Picture book £6.99, big book £19.99
For this story we decorated a plastic by covering it with strips of paper to represent Handa’s basket. The we used sponge fruit shapes to create picture of the different fruits. We took it in turns to be Handa carrying the bowl and the rest of the group took fruit from the bowl and in the end putting the tangerines in.
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.
We’re back with tip 8 of the Top 10 tips of storytelling in the classroom.
Today’s tip is all about choosing stories children can interact with or adding things to a story for them into interact. This is where the breakdown of the story from tip 2 comes in handy so you remind yourself where to add them.