Our students embraced the idea of building stories. Story Workshop provided a place where language and literacy are supported through the use of materials such as clay, paint, props, or blocks. It offers an environment where students see themselves as storytellers and authors.
As I follow the children’s lead I am learning that creating stories is so much more than just writing. My students have demonstrated their understanding of story in a rich and authentic way, making connections to their world.
I have learned Story Workshop creates confidence in my students and that 'my story' is worth telling and sharing. There is no wrong way to tell a story. Story workshop inspires creativity. Students explore a variety of media to tell their stories. They have opportunities to express their ideas in multiple ways. I am learning who the children are in my class and what they are curious about, as they share their thoughts, ideas, and fears with their classmates and with me.
A student in my class said, “its fun because we get to build with our imagination and we are also learning about the parts of a story”.
Dale Wilson (@lymington) Early childhood educator, ed tech geek, traveler and lover of the outdoors.