Putting Storytelling at the Heart of Early Childhood Practice
A Reflective Guide for Early Years Practitioners
Putting Storytelling at the Heart of Early Childhood Practice is a brilliantly engaging and practical book that highlights the essential nature of storytelling in all walks of life, and how to best cultivate this in the early years classroom. The authors use a compelling Froebelian approach to explore the role of storytelling not just in the development of literacy but also in the development of communication and language and for maintaining good mental health and wellbeing.
Drawing on primary and contemporary research, and presented by a range of experienced authors, this book covers important topics such as:
- The benefits of regularly practising storytelling
- Storytelling during play activities
- Group dynamics in constructing narratives
- The roles of props and fantasy concepts in storytelling
This accessible guide is ideal for all early years practitioners looking to encourage literacy, communication and well-being in a supportive and creative environment, and for policymakers looking to develop best practice in the early years classroom.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The flourishing of the Edinburgh Froebel Network ‘Players and Storytellers’ project
Chapter 2 "Someone killed Goldilocks and they didn’t live happily ever after…" Isabella age 3 years: How regular storytelling helps to develop creativity and narrative role play
Sharon Imray and Karen Clements
Chapter 3 Tailoring Traditional Tales as Tools for our Trade: Transforming Literacy in the Early Years
Chris McCormick and Shauna McIntosh
Chapter 4 Storytelling Groups: Large or Small?
Alison J Hawkins and Moira Whitelaw
Chapter 5 Observing Stories Children ‘Tell’ in their Play: Reflections
Chapter 6 Using Props: An adventure in stories and drama to encourage young story tellers
Chapter 7 Superheroes and Imaginative Play: More opportunities for our children?
Chapter 8 "Fix, fix, fix – Olav is stuck!": Supporting children to tell the story that they really want to tell
Chapter 9 Woodland Adventures
Lucy Macfarlane and Rosemary Welensky
Chapter 10 The Stories Children Tell Us about their Transitions from Early Childhood Settings to Primary School
Chapter 11 Stomping Giants and Diamond Castles: A study of the use of story grammars to support the development of coherence in written narrative, within the context of a Froebelian play based Primary 1 classroom
Chapter 12 Gathering Thoughts about Storytelling
Tina Bruce CBE is Honorary Professor at the University of Roehampton, UK, a Vice President of Early Education, a Patron of CLPE, a member of the executive committee of the International Froebel Society and an established author.
Dr Lynn McNair OBE is a founder leader of the Edinburgh Froebel Network, Head of the Cowgate Under Fives Centre in Edinburgh, Senior Teaching Fellow and Pathway co-ordinator of the MSc Ed (Early Childhood Practice and Froebel) and an endorsed Froebel Tutor for the Froebel Trust.
Jane Whinnett MBE is a founder leader of the Edinburgh Froebel Network, Head of two maintained Nursery Schools in Edinburgh, Chair of the Education and Research Committee of the Froebel Trust, Tutor for the MSc Ed (Early Childhood Practice and Froebel) and an endorsed Froebel Tutor for the Froebel Trust.