Story telling is said to have been dated right back to 30,000 BC where cavemen would draw pictures on the wall of their cave showing a short series of events usually depicting their rituals of hunting. 1,000 BC Greek myths and legends came about, and then in 700 BC the first written story was printed.
Benefits of Storytelling
Helps with understanding of social behaviour – telling right from wrong and teaching empathy.
Develops language and communication.
Improves listening skills.
Encourages creativity and imagination.
Promotes higher order thinking skills.
Can helps understanding of difficult ideas and situations.
Ideas to try at home…
Helicopter Stories is a way of creating stories with your children. As a parent you’re the scribe and write word for word your child’s story down. Then have a go at acting it out…let your child decide who plays which character and what props to use.
Find out more in Miss MacLean’s Helicopter Stories Blog here.
What’s in the bag?
All you need is a bag or a box filled with objects (can be anything you find around the house.) You then take turns with your child to take an object out and create a story around the object.
You could make up a station to go with the bag full of cuddly toys or dolls or toys that you could use to be the characters for your story.
This is a game that can have endless results and can be played repeatedly, as so many different stories could be told.
In Nursery we use Hanen’s Abc and Beyond approach to develop early literacy skills. Find out more about how to turn stories into conversations in this Sway.
We are continuing to develop our literacy through puppets. We decided to make our puppet theatre even more inviting and we used the internet to see what traditional puppet theatres look like. We also searched for more ways to make puppets and decided to make sock puppets.
If you would like to make a sock puppet at home, look out for our Family Fun Bags on sale this week and containing all you will need to make a puppet.
We love to hear stories and we have been listening to one of our favourites read to us by the author. Michael Rosen is the author of “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” and we can join in with the actions as he reads this story.
We loved this story so much we decided to make props and puppets to retell it. We made a big bear puppet and some long swishy grass.
I wonder what else we will need to make to tell this story?
We celebrated World Book Day this week. We dressed as our favourite storybook character and shared our books in nursery. We invited parents and carers in to share stories with us and we used the internet to hear authors retelling their stories. World Book Day inspired us to write, draw and paint.
We are learning to explore characters and events in stories. We have been creating characters and thinking about the setting as we create and act out our own stories. We have been learning that stories have problems which result in actions to resolve the problem. We write and illustrate our stories.
Today we welcomed Zoo-Ed to Glenwood for story telling and animal handling. We met some of the creatures from The Gruffalo’s Child including mice, a snake, a hedgehog, some cockroaches and a rabbit. We learned a little about the animals and had a chance to hold them and feed them.
We are learning to share stories with others and create our own using puppets and props in the role play area.
“Three bears were in the wood. Goldilocks ate the porridge up, baby bear’s. Then she sat on baby bear’s chair and broke it. Then Goldilocks was sleeping in baby bear’s bed. Then the bears came back. I was mummy bear. ‘Someone’s been sitting on my chair!'”- By Taylor.