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Sacred Heart Junior National School, Tallaght, Dublin
Sacred Heart Junior National School, Tallaght, Dublin

Doodle Families Week 3 2022

2nd Mar 2022

Doodle Families - Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of Doodle Families - this week we are looking at Story Telling and we'll be designing puppets to help us tell our stories!

This week’s small package of work is story telling based and is sent home for parent and child to work on and enjoy. Remember, these are fun shared activities – not homework!!

Storytelling is the art of using words and actions to reveal the images of a story while encouraging the listener’s imagination. Storytelling can be hard!! It takes lots of imagination and lots of oral language work - without the oral language development, storytelling will fail.

In school we always start storytelling with narratives - we get the children to retell familiar stories which helps them to figure out the way to tell a story. This is why in Infants we spend so much time on FairyTales and stories like Owl Babies and The Gruffalo. We also get them to tell their own story - Our News - as your own story is always the easiest one to share! As the children get older then they can start to use a story structure to make their own fictional stories, starting simply with characters, setting and a problem.

 Here are some wonderful storytellers at work:

Michael Roses - Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen performs We're Going on a Bear Hunt - YouTube

Julia Donaldson - Julia Donaldson reading from The Further Adventures of The Owl and the Pussy-cat - YouTube

Storytelling with Dr. Jean - Storytelling Tips for Children with Dr. Jean - YouTube

So What Should You Tell Stories About?

If you want to engage in storytelling for children, come up with your own story or re-tell an old one that you heard growing up. Your own children might love to hear stories about when they were babies or even about what it was like to be pregnant with them. They will discover much about themselves this way, too. If you’re telling stories to a group of kids who aren’t all your own, stories about life in the past, in other cultures, or animals make good stories. Telling things from a unique point of view will get children to think about what life is like for others, which is a good precursor for developing empathy.

Storytelling connects. It connects children with history, families, and each other.

Remember, if you have any questions feel free to contact myself or Ms. Kirrane. 

Gaye Healy

HSCL Teacher - 087 744 3779