Storysacks For The Early Years Classroom

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Storysacks For The Early Years Classroom

  1. 1. Storysacks for the Early Years Classroom Dr. Fiodhna Gardiner-Hyland
  2. 2. WALT? <ul><li>Benefits of using storysacks with young children </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying pre-, while- and post- shared reading activities for a chosen storysack </li></ul>
  3. 3. 1. Literacy Rich Environment <ul><li>Children should experience times and places to simply enjoy literature. This develops a positive attitude to literacy (Neuman et al, 2000). </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the above in pairs. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What makes a literacy-rich environment? <ul><li>Reading corner </li></ul><ul><li>Story time </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy Centre – reading and writing area </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatic play area – containing literacy related props, lists, notes, menus </li></ul><ul><li>Listening Centre – accompanying book, tape and headphones </li></ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul><ul><li>Special events, e.g. book week, character parade </li></ul><ul><li>Home-school links, e.g. storysacks project </li></ul><ul><li>In pairs, discuss other ideas you may have. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is a Storysack? <ul><li>Bag + Book + Toys + Activities =Storysack </li></ul>
  6. 6. What goes into a Storysack? <ul><li>Storybook </li></ul><ul><li>Soft toys of the main characters (or masks, puppets, wooden/plastic characters, finger puppets) </li></ul><ul><li>Props and scenery </li></ul><ul><li>A non-fiction book </li></ul><ul><li>An audio tape </li></ul><ul><li>A language game based on the book </li></ul><ul><li>A “prompt card” with ideas for activities </li></ul>
  7. 7. Discuss how Storysacks can create a literacy-rich environment Made by Ayesha Khalifa Al Romaithi , B.Ed. student ADWC
  8. 8. Story sacks… <ul><li>Motivate and excite children about reading </li></ul><ul><li>Are visually attractive and tactile </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage active participation in reading </li></ul><ul><li>Create a safe environment for young learners </li></ul><ul><li>Provide fun and enjoyment </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulate language development </li></ul><ul><li>Develop home-school links </li></ul>
  9. 9. Using a storysack to read aloud <ul><li>Children can sit back and hear the flow and rhythm and magic of good literature without having to struggle with the text themselves” (Combs,1996, p.144). </li></ul><ul><li>Through read-alouds, EFL children are provided a “ model of what oral reading sounds like”. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Tips for using storysacks… <ul><li>Discuss exciting incidents, funny characters. </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatize the story where possible, using song, mine, puppets or props. </li></ul><ul><li>Personalize the story by adding children’s names </li></ul><ul><li>Read and re-read stories that interest the children. </li></ul><ul><li>Make the reading session short. </li></ul><ul><li>Show your own enjoyment! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Something to try: Make your own story sack! <ul><li>Start with a bag </li></ul><ul><li>Pick a story </li></ul><ul><li>Fill your story sack with supporting materials, such as puppets, soft toys of the main characters and a game to stimulate reading/language skills. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Create a library of storysacks <ul><li>Include children’s favourite stories </li></ul><ul><li>Involve children in making storysacks </li></ul><ul><li>Make non-fiction storysacks or curiosity kits </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in paired reading with older children </li></ul><ul><li>Use storysacks to involve parents in reading at home </li></ul>
  13. 13. Audience Activity <ul><li>Using Hyland’s (2005, p.24) ‘Sample activities for using storysacks in a Shared Reading lesson’, choose pre-, while- and post-reading activities to match your core storybook for next week. </li></ul>
  14. 14. References <ul><li>Combs (1996), in Soderman, A.K., Gregory, K.M. and O’ Neill, L.T. (1999) Scaffolding emergent literacy: a child-centred approach for preschool through grade 5, Allyn & Bacon publications. </li></ul><ul><li>Griffiths, N. (2001) Once upon a time… Literacy Today No.26, p.9 </li></ul><ul><li>Hyland, F.(2005) Using storysacks during shared reading in the EFL classroom, in Classroom Connections, pp.23-25, HCT Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Neuman S., Copples C. & Bredekamp S. (2000) Learning to Read and Write, National Assoc. for the Education of Young Children. </li></ul><ul><li>www.storysack.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.literacytrust.org.uk/socialinclusion/earlyyears/storysackspractice.html </li></ul>

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