Story Sacks contain a picture storybook, a non-fiction book, a selection of toys and a CD which provide children with the opportunity to learn in a fun, interactive way, and at the same time develop their literacy skills.
The storybooks themselves can lead to talking about anything from healthy eating, the importance of the family, teamwork and lifecycles.
A story sack opens up the world of books and allows further exploration and enjoyment through using props and related activities. When accompanied by puppets, scenery, activities and games, stories become more lifelike and appealing.
Research has shown that learning that provides fun and enjoyment invariably has a positive effect on children’s retention abilities. By catching and holding interest, story sacks are a visually attractive and tactile resource providing children with concrete reinforcement of the storyline. This has the potential to motivate and excite children about reading.
By providing meaningful context in which to learn, story sacks encourage both active listening and participation in reading. All supporting material in the sack is designed to extend the reading experience and stimulate further language activities. This in turn enhances comprehension, vocabulary, phonic, rhyming and decoding skills.
During the course of the session I will demonstrate how stories are a way of introducing, practising and enjoying the experience of listening to a story being told. This in turn will focus on how our learners can be helped with the decoding of the language.
Finally, and possibly most importantly of all, story sacks are a way of allowing parents to share in the reading process and the progress of their children on their way to understanding the language within a text, and then going on to incorporate the skill of writing when producing their own stories.
Yvonne has been teaching younger learners between the ages of 3 and 16 for twenty years. Having been trained as an artist, she considers her ability to be able to draw a tremendous asset when explaining target language. She is also very interested in understanding how her learners learn.