What is the importance of children telling stories during play?
Story telling helps the well being of the child. It helps them to make connections with the world around them and learn to understand their own feelings better and those of others.
It can help them find their sense of identity and help them to gain an understanding of other people's backgrounds and cultures.
It allows them to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas by telling stories and listening to them as well. They can begin to think creatively and have their own ideas for stories.
"Stories create community, enable us to see through the eyes of other people, and open us to the claims of others.”
by Lucy, Eleanor, Mary Reagan
There was a mean witch and the girls were hiding in the fire pit so she couldn't find them. But the witch found them so they ran away into the rainbow pool. The rainbow pool is a blue, green, red, orange and yellow pool. It was filled with rainbow bath bombs to make it colorful. All the colors made it magical and it sent the girls to their nice grandmother's house who always helps them. They felt safe there so they stayed forever.
The Walk by Anne Whitfield
A family was out for a walk and they saw a field of dinosaurs. The baby wanted to go see them and go for a ride so he climbed on top of the dinosaur. The mom was afraid the baby would fall. So she called the dad over and he walked next to the baby and dinosaur so he wouldn't fall off. Then, the mom climbed on the back of the dinosaur and they finished their walk together. They had a fun time.
Our discussions on temperature and weather, led us to talk about other places on our earth and wonder if they were feeling the same temperatures as us? The girls investigated our classroom globe in search of clues.
The parts with all the colors is the land. -Marie
There is more blue (water) than land. -Eleanor
There is some white land too! I think it is ice. -Gia
and so a story was born.
Together we all brainstormed and contributed to the story. The girls piggybacked off of one another as the story grew and grew. Once we were finished, we were able to discuss what happened at the beginning, middle and end, as well as, first, next and last. These are all concepts that we are learning this year. The girls loved collaborating together to tell this wonderful story.