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David Monk
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MBA Finance & Financial Management Georgia State University 2008
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11 Jan 2018 - Present
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Time Management Resources and Infant Classroom Ideas
10 Feb 2021 to 24 Mar 2021 Link
Early Childhood Education "The Playskool Guide to Baby Play," by David Monk
South African Schools Go For Green
29 Jan 2021 to 25 Mar 2021 Link
The Eco-Schools program in South Africa combines two problem areas, education, and environment, to empower teachers and learners to find solutions.
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Literature and Young Children: Different Ways to Tell a Story

There are many ways young children can enjoy a story, and literature is an important part of early childhood education.

Why Literature is Important in Early Childhood Education

Literature is an essential component in early childhood environments. The story is at the core of activities that encourage the development of language, reading, writing, listening skills, creative thinking, and concept formation. The main goal is to develop child thinking skills and don't let ask parents for help, like "do my homework". A literate rich environment exposes children to letters, sounds, symbols, and meanings that help develop the skills and building blocks towards reading and writing. Through a book, children first understand that it is more than something to be manipulated, it holds a function: the words represent a fictional world. Eventually, children realize the printed word provides joyful experiences. Children can learn about a story through other devices than just a book. We find stories in our poems, songs, rhymes, pictures, drama. Each way of telling a story incorporates the story schema of a beginning, middle, and end. When children are allowed to participate or ask questions, they make a personal connection with storytelling. When children are creatively inspired by the story, it contributes to their overall development. The different styles of telling a story, beyond a book, provide children exposure to the expansive and beneficial world of literature.

Storytelling with Young Children

A storyteller to young children should choose developmentally appropriate material and words. A book with limited words is appropriate for a baby and toddler learning language skills. A storyteller also wants enough drama to engage the child into the story, for instance, he/she should attempt to be creative and flexible, silly and serious, exuberant and expressive, and so on. Perhaps, one of the most important keys to being a great storyteller is simply, to have fun. Children can be involved in stories by adding their ideas. Open-ended questions allow children to think about concepts or engage in critical thinking. Questions that begin with words like, "Why do you think" or " I wonder why?" will allow the children to actively listen.

Different Ways to Tell a Story

There are many ways to tell a story to children other than a book with pages. Following are some examples:

  1. Felt Story on a Flannel Board: A brilliant way to tell a story, whether derived from a book, a nursery rhyme, a poem, or a song. The bright colors engage the children, and using a felt easel board facilitates the children’s viewing. Often felt stories do not have the same features as the illustrations of a picture book, thus children can make their own personal connections as they use their imagination to fill in the missing details. The teacher, the storyteller, also has more freedom to use her own flair and expressions. Felt stories can be copied from books; the key is to be able to tell the story without too many felt, otherwise, the felt board can get very busy and crowded to look at and manipulate.

  2. Puppetry: Whether using the traditional hand puppets, finger puppets, glove puppets, or even stuffed animals, young children love puppets! When the puppet master, uses a different voice and a great deal of dramatic tones, it delights young audiences. The person behind the puppet does not even have to worry about his/her mouth moving, young children are engaged and do not seem to even notice. Aside from putting on a puppet show, puppets can be used to facilitate a story.

  3. Oral Stories: Stories originated with oral description, and with some actions, facial expressions, and tone, a good storyteller can draw in a young audience. Whether it is one's own life experiences or a classic fairy tale like The Three Little Bears, oral storytelling without any props but the person relaying the story will still capture the interest of young children. If children are provided an opportunity to draw what they heard, it can expand their experience, allowing them to make a personal connection, thus stimulating creativity.

  4. Pen and Paper and Children's Ideas: A fun way to tell a story is to have children creating the story. They can draw the pictures, or the adult can quickly draw the images on a piece of paper. Even stick people work in this scenario, the importance is the involvement the children have in the creation. Children love to see how their ideas can be turned into a story, and through the process learn about a story schema, of beginning, middle, and end.

Literature is a crucial component in creating a world that is fostering developmental skills for a young child and reading a book is not the only way to achieve this goal. A story can be told and enjoyed in many different formats.

Feel free to contact me for assignment writing help. I will be happy to respond. Best regards David Monk.

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