'StoryBoards' is a simple and fun game resource to help children with language and communication difficulties develop their narrative skills. Using game boards and colourfully-illustrated picture cards, StoryBoards helps children to visualise and practise telling a story through identifying the essential elements, how these should be sequenced and providing a basic vocabulary. There are 6 story elements colour coded for ease of identification: Location; Time; Transport; Object; Feelings; and Weather. By picking story cards from the different sets, stories can be silly or sensible and children can either stick with their choices or negotiate for a change, which encourages discussion and reasoning. For example, if a child is going to the zoo, would they travel there in a submarine? Hugely flexible, other activities include: Throwing a story; Lotto; Vocabulary ladders; and Asking questions. StoryBoards can also be used for news time; preparation for visits or holidays; and narrative development. A structured and accessible resource, StoryBoards is ideal for use with individuals or groups by teachers, speech language therapists and teaching assistants working with young children. It can be easily incorporated into classroom activities and relates directly to the English National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2.
"The instructions and suggested games in the manual are clear ...a worthwhile purchase." — Independent Talking Points
"The children were immediately excited by this resource and were able to verbalise structured stories to each other," one Year 4 teacher told us: "It makes story writing fun!" said Imogen, aged nine. Great for children who need extra help in structuring their ideas and expressing themselves through narratives, working in small groups or in twos and threes." — The Good Toy Guide
"There is no written text and the games are designed for children with speech and language difficulties." — Elspeth McCartney, Senior Lecturer in the Speech and Language Therapy Department, University of Strathclyde, Special! (NASEN)
"This colourful, durable and versatile resource is aimed at children with speech and language difficulties in Key Stages 1 and 2 of the English National Curriculum." — Rachel Jones, Specialist SLT, Evonne Morgan, SLT co-worker, Northern Pre-School Language Unit, Islington PCT, RCSLT
"All the pupils and staff who used it were delighted with it...emotion cards were received particularly well...easy to understand and play." — NAPLIC Newsletter
"This resource is fun, colourful and well illustrated. It caught the children's interest and was easy to use. It has a game-like feel with hand-sized cards, dice and story board." — Teresa Egan, Specialist SLT, Speech and Language Therapy in Practice
"A simple, flexible pack, which can enhance children's creativity and imagination, comes as an answer to a teacher's prayer." — Sarah Smith, SENco Church Crookham Junior School, Afasic news