Monday, April 27, 2015

Once Upon a Time...

Today is Tell A Story Day. 
Telling a story is much different than reading a story.  For young children, they can tell a story without being able to recognize letters or letter sounds.  At MCP, the children tell us stories everyday.  They also create stories in our dramatic play area, the building center and within their art. Telling stories helps us build relationships. 

We also occasionally will dictate a story as a group. This is an activity we usually do with our preK MWF students.  When the students dictate a story, the children are communicating thoughts and ideas.  They also have to listen to others as the story is being told so the story will have some sort of sequence of events.  When we type these stories up and send them home, we hope your child exudes a sense of achievement and pride.  As an art form, storytelling gives children a chance to create something that is all their own.  Storytelling encourages creative writing. Writing skills and reading skills are connected on many levels. Storytelling encourages children to think, imagine plus it's fun!  

What can you do at home?
*Scholastic Story Starters will help get you started---http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/
*Grab some random items from around the house and build a story.  Use toys, household items and more.  You can set on a table and pick an item or put in a bag to blindly pick the next item to be included in the story.  Once upon a time, there was a teddy bear that found a fork.  The fork had magic powers...
You get the idea.
*Tell stories in the car.  Once upon a time, there was a ....is usually enough to get most preschoolers started in storytelling.

Enjoy some time listening to your child tell you a story!

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