31 Jan Story-Making at Holy Apostles’ Pre-school
Story-making at Playgroup
We have been learning all about story-making at Holy Apostles’ Pre-school this term. We chose ‘Stickman’ by Julia Donaldson, which is one of our favourite stories. The children listened to the complete story a number of times; then we started to think about drawing a story map. A story map will help us to retell the story to each other and to our family.
The children become familiar with the order of the story. They are able to include the main events and as each part of the story is recalled an image is drawn on the story map to help the children retell the story independently.
The story map was printed and laminated and added to our story box. The story box contains the original book, the script we follow to retell the story, soft toys of the main characters including Stickman, a dog, a girl, a swan and separate laminated pictures to help the children to sequence the story. We have a number of story boxes, which the children can take home to share with their parents
The children suggested signs for the main characters, which help them to retell the story. Here they are making the sign for a dog and the family tree! They also learn the general signs for common story-making phrases such as ‘early one morning’ when they open their arms in a large circle or ‘that’s the end’ when they bring their hands together as if closing a book.
Story-making engages all the children and they can be seen using what they have learnt in their independent play; it is a great way of teaching children how stories are structured. Children acquire a bank of vocabulary from which they can make up their own stories or add to existing ones!
Help your child at home by reading the story together and letting your child join in with well-known parts. You could sit opposite each other and tell the story together as story partners, taking turns to tell parts of the story.
Most of all you can have lots of fun and nurture a love for story-making!