This week across nursery we have enjoyed taking part in National Storytelling Week 2021.
Although stories are part of our everyday provision and daily routines, this week we have captured a lovely range of activities to further celebrate & support literacy development across nursery.
Communication and literacy learning can be explored through storytelling in many ways. Through listening to stories children begin to develop their understanding of vocabulary, can extend their own vocabulary and notice patterns of language, both factors allowing children’s own confidence to be built with speaking. Children can develop their own early writing skills through recording and scribing as they draw alongside stories.
When children learn to value books and stories, it sparks their imagination and stimulates curiosity. Also aiding in the ability to focus, concentrate, and communicate. Children can also develop their personal, social and emotional development through storytelling too – children begin to develop empathy for other people while listening to stories and children’s self esteem can increase as they learn how to make choices and identify with the characters in stories.
Read aloud as many stories as possible and discuss them with your children.
Get them to think about what could happen at different stages of the story. Stop at a point where the character has to make a decision and ask, “What do you think they should do?” Ask your child whether they agree with the ending or how they would have ended the story instead. This will encourage them to think about the story and realise that more than one ending is possible; thus helping them to create stories of their own.
Take a story and tell it using objects found around the house. For example, for The Hungry Caterpillar you would need a piece of green fabric for grass, some leaves, various pretend food items and a model caterpillar.
Lay out each item slowly, building up the atmosphere, then tell the story. If you are using a story with different characters in it, always try to use varying voices to match the characters. This encourages children to listen and to copy. Voices are descriptive, rising and falling in order to emphasise points.