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Over the next week, plan to try something new around the sharing of stories with your focus child. This might include:
- making time for sharing small stories with the child and family at drop off and/or pick up times
- building in conversational stories with the child during routine moments (such as mealtimes or changing clothes/nappies)
- sharing stories through books and action songs
- reading a book and then acting out the story using costumes and props
- talking about photos or videos of past experiences
- making a book with children that has personal relevance to them, perhaps using their pictures or photos
- sharing stories using a variety of art materials and media
Further reading and resources
Recommended books and articles
Davis, E. (2020). Helicopter storytelling. He Kupu: The Word, 6(3), 3-7: this article explores the use of the Helicopter Storying approach in an early childhood setting.
D’Silva, P. (2020). Literacy beyond mat-time: Bringing stories to life. He Kupu: The Word, 6(3), 8-13: this article highlights the ways that teachers can use picture books to extend literacy learning.
Reese, E. (2013). Tell me a story: Sharing stories to enrich your child’s world. Oxford University Press: a book about the importance of family storytelling, which is also useful for considering story practices in early childhood settings.
Te Kōrerorero | Talking Together: a resource for strengthening effective teaching practices around early communication, oral language, and literacy
See in particular:
- pp. 26-29, Reading and oral language
- pp. 33-36, Storytelling and oral language
The Education Hub guides
See story activity ideas in the guides: Reading dens and Story time! Great stories available as audiobooks for your children
Share with parents: Reading at home together: Tips for parents of young children
Early Childhood Seminar Series, University of Auckland
Connecting and communicating through stories: presentation on recent findings from two doctoral research studies on stories in early childhood settings by Joanna Williamson and Amanda White