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Using Story Sack Teaching Resources For Early Years Learning

If you have anything to do with the education of young children then you will soon find yourself making use of a notable collection of story books. You will need a decent collection of additional resources to put to work alongside the story books so you will without doubt save a considerable amount of time if you use well designed teaching resources. It is possible to find complete story sacks but you can compile your own with considerable ease using story resources.

The vital component of a quality story sack is the main book that the story sack is based upon. A good quality story that captures young children’s imagination and fosters their enjoyment of books and reading is a must. Authors of children’s books have produced prize winning stories that have become favourites for many generations of children. The actual storage of the resources that support the story are often stored in a sack made of a soft fabric. They can be stored and hung with a drawstring and are easy for young children to handle. The contents of story sacks vary but the main resources that should be included are soft toys, puppets, games, a story tape, DVD, photographs, books closely associated with the main title and perhaps a CD of resource materials that can be used for teaching. Factual books associated with the main book should also be included.

Story sacks are now used in many schools and pre-school settings. Some childminders and parents are beginning to see the excellent opportunities that story sacks provide for developing young children’s language skills. The activities and props are designed to bring the story to life and for the young children to interact with the story. This involvement of the children brings the reading to life and helps young children to become confident with books and reading.

Since the 1990’s story sacks have become more widely available. They can be purchased on line, and may be available to borrow from libraries and centres that cater for the development of families with young children. There are increasingly more volunteer groups being asked to help towards creating resources to support story sacks. There are a wide variety of story sacks available so act wisely when researching the best resources.

The best story sacks have interactive materials for children to use and also come with a guide and activities for the adults.The activities give many more ideas as to how the story can be used and link the story with other areas of learning. A good story can be used creatively not just in learning to enjoy books and literacy skills but also with art and craft ideas, learning about the world, cooking, early number concepts and in using technology.

Story sacks are a fun way for carers and children to share stories together. They were developed by Neil Griffiths, a Head Teacher from Swindon, as a popular, non-threatening way of encouraging carers to start to share stories with their children in a way that is positive, theatrical, special, interactive and fun.

Story sacks are now increasingly being used by other groups such as libraries, health visitors, speech therapists, social workers, children’s hospitals and family centres. Story sacks are also a great resource to use when working with children with autism and other learning difficulties.

Story sacks are popular with young children because small groups can work independently together. At a choosing time

young children will often choose to use the story sacks and re tell the story themselves using the puppets and props. This supports their independent learning, social skills and creativity.

Some of the best suppliers of story sacks also provide a CD of materials, activities,colouring sheets,tracing, writing scaffolds and early maths activities and resources that can be printed out and used whenever the need arises. You should look out for suppliers that also provide materials on their CD’s that can save hours and hours of preparation for display purposes.

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