22nd June – Reading and Telling Stories to Our Children

Student Learning Continuity Program
Student Learning Continuity Program
22nd June - Reading and Telling Stories to Our Children

This is the 8th session of the SIBC Student Learning Continuity Program for ECE/PPY, made possible by MEHRD.

Monday 22 June 2020

Topic: Reading and Telling Stories to Our Children

Children are learning from the time they are born. Even when a child cannot yet talk or walk, they are learning by listening, watching and copying. Young children learn a lot through play.

Our ECE/PPY children are now going back to school, However, Children spend only a few hours in school every day. Most of a child’s time is spent outside school, so we are their most important teachers and we bring you the TOPIC: Reading and Telling Stories to our children.  One way you can support our children in reading is to read books with the children. Some of us we may say, I can not read, I have no books, even if you cannot read or have books, you can still use the pictures/ newspaper picture/posters that we can use to tell stories. Make up stories to tell the children This will teach the child that books are interesting and make them want to read.

Reading stories/Telling Stories to Young Children – What’s the difference?

These two are equally important for the young child but let us look at them closely:

  • Reading Stories – reading from a book, showing the pictures, asking questions etc
    • ECE : children follow when you read to them.
    • Story Books with big pictures, 1 – 2 sentences, big writing
    • Select good books to read to children
  • Story telling – people don’t read but tell the story .Other times people don’t read, they have books in their hands but just tell the story. Storytelling, however, seems to require more visual imagination than story reading, because there are no book illustrations.
    • Telling stories – more engaged as demonstrated by facial expressions
    • Book with small writing, Parent/Teacher we first read ourselves and TELL the story.
    • Improve listening skills
    • Keeps children engaged in learning

Combining these approaches could provide experiences to influence the oral language development and story comprehension of young children.

The Importance of Reading. Telling Stories to our children

1. Building Talking and Listening Skills of Young Children

  • Talking with your children is important to develop their communication skills and to help their learning
  • Babies/very young children try to talk and responding to the sounds/stories they make encourages them to learn to speak.
  • Listening to your children and answering their questions encourages curiosity, increases their Vocabulary and increases their confidence.

2. Children love stories, and telling children stories is one of the best ways of supporting children’s reading.

3. Stories introduce children to new words and phrases, and good pronunciation .

4. Telling stories to children can teach them about life lessons and their culture.

5. Stories help children develop their imagination and feel happy. Children can compare their experiences to the experiences of others and talk more about their Feelings and thoughts.

6. It helps to know and hear children’s ideas and opinions. It helps us (Adults) to know what they like/dislike.

  • Children have likes and dislike in the same way we do
  • Children are creative and have many ideas and opinions
  • It is good that children talk about their opinions to us. As we said, it helps to develop their speaking vocabulary and their self-esteem.

7. Children can learn about books even before they learn how to read. They need to see more of us(reading and loving books)

8. Children want to read when they see people around them reading and when they are read to. eg read poster, signs

9. Reading with your children is one of the best ways Of improving their literacy skills.

10. Children can read the same books over and over again.

Some guides to help us read stories to Young Children

1. Sit comfortably with your child next to you or on your lap.

2. Show the child the book that you want to read to them -Discuss the front cover

3. Title –  describe the pictures and ask, what do you think the story is about? Talk about the author and page numbers and other structural parts of books. Children need to know about books – they have authors, front, back and pages

4. Talk about the pictures in the book as you read- What did you see in the pictures? Children come up with what they think

5. Read Slowly.

6. Pause when needed …. Let them think … guess… or complete the sentence. Pause to ask …What do you see in the picture?

7. Ask your child questions as you go through the book such as: What do you think will happen next?

8. How do you think the character feels? If you were the character, what would you do?

9. Ask questions after the story: What was your Favourite part? Can you tell the story to me?

10. Finally, we may ask, what makes a good story? (Expressive voice, changing voice for different character and so forth)

Final Points:

  • Regularly read with your child.
  • You can ask someone else to read to your child, but join them to listen to the story and join in the discussion. It will make it more special for your child if you are there too.
  • Borrow /buy books, collect pictures if possible
  • Reading books and telling stories to children support children to acquire language and literacy skills, but they also experience vocabulary growth, knowledge of handling books, and other skills development

From Emily Siriki and Clera Manuri

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