We have noticed that children at Sandbrook have been showing great interest in some classic fairy tales such as Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They also love stories like Barry the Fish with Fingers, The Hungry Caterpillar, Mrs Vicker’s Knickers, Owl Babies and The Fish That Could Wish. We always try to plan activities around the children’s interests so we have decided that stories will be the topic for this term.
Focusing on stories will not only give opportunities for the children to develop their reading skills, but will also help their communication and language development and allow them to take part in lots of imaginative play. We want to encourage children to listen to stories carefully, anticipating what is going to happen and responding with their own comments and questions. We also want to encourage them to use the stories they hear as they play with their friends.
We are planning to make a display of the children’s favourite stories and characters. We would like to ask parents to encourage their children to bring in a favourite story book to share with the other children. Also please do sign up to come in to the playgroup to read stories to the children, there is a parent reading rota on the playgroup’s notice board.
We are in the process of putting together a printed book containing photographs of the children that can be read with them by the adults that care for them outside our playgroup. This will give them a chance to share what they do at Sandbrook and for them to use their language skills to tell other people about what is happening in the pictures.
This topic also links in nicely with our World Book Day celebrations on Thursday 5th March. On this day children can dress up as their favourite book character and staff enjoy dressing up too! We invite all parents and carers to come and join us as we celebrate our love of books together.