We have recently starting using Stories For Talking to help the children with their reading, speaking and listening skills.
We read the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar using Stories for Talking. We looked at the story over the week, first reading it then working on understanding nouns, verbs and concepts followed by children expressing these. We aimed to learn ten nouns, five verbs and two concepts over the week.
First we break the story down, reading it in key words. The number of words we read depends on the children’s understanding, we read each page simplifying it to one, two or three words.
While we read we looked at objects from the story and introduced the new words in the story.
We laid out the objects from the story, the children then followed instructions involving one, two or three choices.
We then added action words to the instructions. The children followed instructions with one verb choice, one verb and one noun choice or one verb and two noun choices.
After children were confident with the nouns and verbs we introduced the concepts of big and little. We had some big and some little fruit, one group sorted the fruit into big and little fruit. The next group followed instructions with one verb choice and one concept choice and the last group followed instructions with one noun choice, one verb choice and one concept choice.
Finally we worked on the children saying the words. Some children chose objects from a freely bag and said their name as they took them out. The next group rolled verb and noun dice and said the sentence they made and the final group rolled verb, concept and noun dice reading the whole sentence.
As well as children working on their key word understanding some children also worked on their story telling skills.
First we had pictures from the story and used the book to order them.
The children then ordered the pictures from memory.
After that the children used the objects from the story to retell the main events.
Finally the children used the props to make up their own story: