Sticky Fingers Pre-School - Newlands and Redbridge

Reading and Sharing stories.
We know it is important to read stories or tell stories to young children to support their early development. Twinkl have provided us with some lovely downloadable stories you can read from your phone/tablet or computer compatible with PDF.

Why do we use dialogic book sharing?

Learning and Development - Creating the language-learning environment.
Why? To acknowledge and extend children’s experiences and develop their vocabulary.

A Unique Child - Who is valued and listened to:
  • Contributes to discussion
  • Relates the story content to their own experiences
  • Develops their own ideas
  • Initiates conversations with adults and children

Positive Relationships - That build and support communication by:
  • Sharing experiences
  • Gaining insight into the feelings of others
  • Learning to interpret the behaviour of others
  • Listening to and empathising with others
  • Developing the ability to converse with peers and adults

Enabling Environments - Children learn best when they are in a quiet environment with space and soft furnishings around them to help ensure they feel comfortable which helps them to be able to focus and remain engaged. Think about the background noise, is the TV on?, is there music playing?, How is the lighting? Is it natural light? is it too dark? or too intense? Is the temperature ok? Does it feel too hot or too cold?, Is the room well ventilated with fresh air coming in?  etc

Two simple techniques you might like to try at home

Prompt - Prompt your child to say something about the book, you could ask them to name an object, ask them about an object's colour or what an object is used for, etc. e.g. “What is this?”, “What is it used for?”
Evaluate - Evaluate your child’s response, were they correct? If they were, repeat their response back to confirm this to them. If not, think about how you could add additional information to help expand their vocabulary. e.g. “What is this?” Child responds “Bear” “Yes it is a bear”
Expand - Repeat your child’s response adding more detail. e.g. “Yes it’s a bear, it’s a big brown bear”. 
Repeat - Repeat what you have said, encouraging your child to repeat it back to you. e.g. “a big brown bear, can you say big brown bear?” 

We are all Different

The Cautious Caterpillar

A Tale of Two Feathers.

Completion - Leave a blank at the end of a sentence for your child to complete it. e.g. “The fox sat on the…..”
Recall - Ask your child questions about the characters or events in the story you have just read. e.g. “Can you remember what he wanted to do at the park?”
Open-ended - Choose something on the page and ask your child to talk about it. e.g. “What is happening in the picture?”
Wh questions - Ask Who, What, Where, Why or How questions about pictures on a page, events or characters. e.g. “Where were they going?”
Distancing - Ask questions which could link events in the story to things your child may have experienced. e.g. “Do you remember when we went to the park?” “What did you play on at the park?”

Back to Earth

The Carrot Club


The Zoo Vet

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