One of the joys of visiting the early years classes at school is arriving at story time. Seeing a book being brought to life and the sense of wonder on the children’s faces is a joy to behold, not least because you can see learning through stories first hand.
Last week, the teachers in Reception and Preschool invited visitors to come and share in the experience of the story “The Great Pet Sale” by Mick Inkpen. The children enjoyed the story being expertly brought to life through puppets and then discovered a ‘real’ pet shop in Preschool! They were able to see and touch real animals such as a tortoise, a tame ferret and guinea pigs. There was money to explore and a variety of equipment and pet toys from a real pet shop to play with.
By bringing stories to life in this way, teachers help children to learn. Stories have so much to offer: they develop listening and communication skills, improve concentration and memory, bring experiences alive, create a sense of wonder and help children learn to sequence events. They are a joyful, shared learning opportunity.
We know our Gateway children are passionate about books and fortunate to have easy access to many wonderful stories. We are looking forward to our great book swap next Thursday, where, thanks to your generosity, we will also be able to share the joy of reading with others by gifting them some of our donated books.