Introduction
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Part 1. Key principles of early childhood literacy
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Part 2. Embodied non-verbal literacies
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Part 3. Spoken and written literacies
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Part 4. The power of stories
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Part 5. Course conclusion
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Apply and consolidate

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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

Summary

Further reading and resources

Recommended books and articles

 Davis, E. (2020). Helicopter storytellingHe 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 lifeHe 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 

Supporting specific competencies through play

 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