Sshh, sshh! It’s story time…

Stories play a central role in our young children’s world, so much so that recent studies show that children as young as three are capable of stepping into the minds of their favourite storybook characters. That is why stories are so essential to the Infant English class. Claire Medwell has some tips for getting the most out of story time with our very young learners.

Author: Claire Medwell

What can stories bring to the English classroom?

RTEmagicC_Ssh_its_storytime_image_3_01.jpgStories are a fabulous resource for the Infant classroom.  They draw on a child’s natural sense of make-believe and innate love of stories and channel these into a worthwhile, meaningful language experience.  In their native language many children will associate stories with bedtime, so they can bring an extraordinary aura of calm concentration to a class.

As a language learning tool, stories score very highly. As well as promoting essential learning skills such as listening and predicting, they can help contextualise a theme or language being learnt in the class. They can offer opportunities for the children to participate whilst listening to the story as well as numerous post-story activities involving art, crafts and games. So why not enrich your class’ language learning experience by following these simple steps to successful storytelling in the Infant classroom and be witness to the benefits they can bring?

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