I truly believe the best ideas come from the children and 'Tell me a story' came from being asked this by a child.
There is always a story basket on hand to explore, retell and play with and perhaps this is where ‘Tell me a story’ came from but I do not know for sure.
Jay had begun to use loose parts and resources to create elaborate stories and play. I loved sitting and listening to them. After a couple of weeks I was invited to join them with ‘Tell me a story’. I was excited to be invited into the play and became a play partner as I paused and looked for guidance so that we could tell a story together.
I realised that I used this phrase often with story basket sharing and also in the art area to support and encourage children. I knew it worked but it wasn’t until I was asked it by Jay that I fully appreciated why. In that moment I felt I would be listened to, that I had a voice and was included. This was very powerful and created an open and accepting space to share.
This experience and wanting to support Jay’s interest led to the ‘Tell me a story’ board that has been used on a table, with a suitcase and tuff tray. I have set these up but now the children are doing it independently .
When I first started I had only a few items on the table, a ‘starter’ and loose parts on hand to be added. The ‘starter’ was based on the interests I had observed: Autumn, Matariki, kiwi, farms etc.
I have also used this invitation for special events and language weeks. I have been selling some starter sets on This is why I teach .ec page too as teachers asked for them.
I provide a bag or basket of loose parts as I found children moved away to get items and their 'story' was interrupted. The children still get other items but not as much and I note what they get for next time.
Some of my favourite loose parts are:
Lace and ribbon
Bead necklaces or chains
Small pine cones
Coasters and table mats
Small wooden bowls
Tea light battery candle
I decided to try setting up the ‘Tell me a story’ outside as it had been only done inside. I set up a suitcase inside and then took it outside as it would ‘transition’ this activity. I also hoped it would reduce the transporting of items, if only a little.
Next, I used a tuff tray. I wanted to offer more space and opportunities to collaborate.
This requires MORE loose parts, scarves and texture. I also added my fish spoons from the Rainbow fish e-pattern.
Through 'Tell me a story' I have seen learning in:
Schema or Urges
I wonder if this was the progression from story basket, to a small world and then the invitation to 'Tell me a story'?
Here you can see my thinking using the Giraffes can't dance e-pattern.
Until next time.
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