Children love to tell stories. From the time they learn their first words they begin telling you stories about what they see and think. They might be short stories of only a few words or long winding stories once they get going. Either way, it is an important process for them. They are learning to articulate their thoughts, building language skills, and communicating their emotions, desires, and more.
This week we celebrate both Tell a Story Day (April 27) and Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 30), so it is the perfect time to get the children in your care sharing their stories with you, you sharing them with families, and all of us becoming better storytellers.
A few ideas to get you started:
Start with a photo and have them tell a story about what they see.
Ask how they got to school today and keep asking questions to build on their story.
Have children retell their favorite story from a book in as much detail as they would like.
Or here is a great activity to get the poetic thoughts going . . .
We would love to hear some of your favorite stories and poems from the writers and poets of tomorrow.
The activity above comes from Brain-Based Early Learning Activities by Nikki Darling-Kuria. Here are a few of our other literacy favorites and if you want more ideas check out the Early Learning and Literacy section on www.redleafpress.org.