Monday, February 11, 2013

Story tables


What are story tables and why do we use it in our site?

Story tables are a rich litracy experience where children use props to sequence, recount and retell the story . They are exposed to concepts of print as they help create story tables of their own.

A popular traditional story " The three billy Goats Gruff."

Using story tables is an excellent tool for children with English as a second langauge as well as special rights, as they use the props and use verbal and non-verbal communication to tell the story.

The story tables can be a functional or factual book with props and adjuncts from the story, for children to retell the story or recreate the story their own way.

We often try and use non representational props for (e.g a block for an oven) to extend children's ability to represent ideas and objects.

Waddle, Giggle, Gargle! -A great book to begin with as it only needs a few simple props.

Different textures create a snowy environment for the story

Pamela Allen books are great story table books. This one encourages lots of conversation about problem solving and working together .

'Mary Elizabeth's House' , the children painted the house red and made signs for the house.

Another simple story about growing.

Remember to involve and include the children when creating a story table!

Another favourite,  add toy fruit as well as pictures of the food, this is an excellent counting and sorting story.

This one although a favourite , was a bit tricky with all the sheep going missing especialy the green sheep. Great way to let children know to leave all the props on the story tables.

Traditional stories like, ' The Three Little Pigs', 'Goldilocks', 'Red Riding Hood', 'The Gingerbread Man', 'The little Red Hen' are great ones to try......Keep watching this post!


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