What a better way to support learning a language than through stories. Children love reading stories and often want their favourite one to be read over and over, which is exactly what we want when we are delivering a second language: LOTS OF REPETITION!
In this post I will give you ideas to create your own story bags, story packs or story sacks, whatever you want to call it. For some of you these bags might be very familiar. You find them in toy libraries and teachers use them at school. But for the ones who do not know them or are wondering what’s in those bags, here you have a brief description of their content:
It is basically a bag, any fabric bag carrying mainly:
- story book
- puppets or softies to represent the main characters in our story
- elements related to the story (an object, drawing, map, more softies, etc)
- a game or instructions for a crafty activity
Now, the story book is the easiest part, just choose one; for the main characters the most practical way would be to use softies. Now if you would like to make easy puppets you might consider following me so I can show you a super quick and easy way to make them in the following weeks; elements to the story can be anything really, just look around your home, if not a quick drawing or even figures made out of play dough will do (made by your little ones even better) ; and for the games, memory or other matching games are popularFor older children word search or a crossword puzzle would work wonders. The possibilities are endless. How about my learning dice where you could stick drawings or home-made flashcards into the pockets and make up some games, anything relevant to your story.
You could also change the characters or some elements once you are done with the real story, you could twist the story a bit or just play silly and make up a part of the story to have your children “correcting” you therefore reinforcing your vocabulary.
In the following weeks, I will be giving you more ideas for creating your own games or activities that will make your child’s reading even more fun.
Maybe you have a story and need ideas, maybe you have other ideas and want to share. How do you tell your stories?
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