Sunday, 16 November 2014

Storycards revisited

Its now been about 2 months since I created the storycards for my work... and it has been interesting to watch how they have been used...

I have lined them up and told stories based on them... by either careful selection beforehand, or completely randomly with the children... I have seen them do the same thing.

I have also seen the children in much the same way they would use small dolls and figures... a kind of small world play with the storycards... telling/playing elaborate stories in small groups...

The cards have been taken into the atelier as inspiration for the children's drawings.

They have also been used for specific storytelling practice..


With the prompt phrases...
There was once....
Every day...
But one day...
Suddenly...
and then...
Since that day...

The storycard has been the inspiration to the story - the card is photocopied with the text that is written down as the children tell the story... the teacher using the key phrases to prompt the story further...

This technique has not yet been used by my group, but I have observed the 3 year old group doing this.

The story cards have been added to... as the 3 year old group have been exploring ghosts I added ghost cards and haunted house cards to the collection... fat ghosts, scary ghosts, happy ghosts, sad ghosts... again the idea is to not just give one view point of what a ghost is, or how it behaves..

Molnet is now going into an exploration of fear (a natural development) - so I feel I will be adding more images soon... but luckily they have fallen into the idea of Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wold... and various images are already represented - including kind wolves, happy wolves, small wolves and big bad pigs....

The idea is that the storycards can be added to all the time to fit in with the projects the children are working on and exporing... and then the children have the power to combine the old images with the new images.. to mix the stories together... to combine their previous knowledge with that they are learning now...

AND most importantly I strive to create cards that represent all of society and not just the norms...


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