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63. Story-telling

Creative writing in later years is impossible if children don’t first have the imagination and the confidence in their own ability to craft a story. But nor is storytelling just about getting good marks in literacy.

63. Story-telling

Creative writing in later years is impossible if children don’t first have the imagination and the confidence in their own ability to craft a story. But nor is storytelling just about getting good marks in literacy. Being able to place events in a sequence or arc - with a beginning, middle and end - helps children to organise their thoughts in every subject. Feeling composed and in control of their thoughts leads to more confident, happy learners.

 

Storytelling doesn’t require being able to write, either. Most under-fives can’t write a story down but that doesn’t mean they don’t have the imagination to invent one. You can promote this understanding by reading frequently to your child and playing storytelling games. Here’s one to try:

 

  • gather a collection of interesting objects for example: a feather, a coin, a crown, a key
  • put them all into a bag
  • players takes out three items and has to tell a story based around the objects. For example: A king had his crown stolen by an eagle (feather). A little boy found the crown in a tree and the King rewarded him with a gold coins.
May 01, 2016 By Alexis Ralphs

63. Story-telling

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