A Reggio-Inspired Project Connecting Literacy and Social Development
A good friend is kind and caring. If a friend falls down then a good friend helps them up and hugs them and tells them that everything will be alright.
Storytelling has been around since the beginning of time. While the ways that we hear and tell stories have changed, the importance of language and literacy through storytelling remains the same. Storytelling acts as fuel for the fire of literacy in a child's development.
When our girls hear a story they love, it may inspire interest in learning more. Stories tend to be exciting in the best way possible and can encourage our girls to read more stories and eventually write them, too. Storytelling teaches children the elements of a story, helping them organize and plan their own story's beginning, middle, and end.
Since we all have stories to tell, we feel that the art of storytelling must live in our classrooms. We want our girls to be strong, confident, imaginative storytellers who share their stories. During our morning exploration time, many stories come alive.
Our goal is for the girls to have many experiences that may invite them to tell a story. Whether working independently or alongside a friend, we want the girls to express their thoughts while we help them organize their ideas into a story.
Written and Illustrated By:
Mrs. Rounder and Mrs. Sowell's JK Girls
Once upon a time, there was a little witch named Alice. She had curly hair and a long nose with a bumpy wart. Her eyes were shiny like the stars. Alice had a little girl named Anastasia Rose. She was a cranky little witch. Anastasia Rose was also not a very good friend. She didn’t share her toys with anybody. When she was around other little witches, she only wanted to play her games, and she forgot to include everyone. Alice decided it was time to send Anastasia Rose to school so that she could learn how to behave. She knew the perfect school to send her. It was called Friendship School.
On Halloween evening just as the sun was setting, Alice and Anastasia Rose jumped on their broomstick and headed up into the cloudy, foggy, rainy sky. The meteorologist predicted tornados, so the ride was very bumpy. After hours of flying, they landed right in front of Friendship School. Once they were inside, they were ushered to her new JK classroom. She was a little nervous about being in a new place. Inside the classroom, she met 12 little witches. In the days that followed her new little witch mates taught her all about how to be a good friend.
After many days at Friendship School, Anastasia Rose began to see that she was not acting very nice. Thanks to her 12 little witch friends, she learned how to be the very best friend and Anastasia Rose lived happily ever after.