“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.”
J K Rowling
Stories present children with an infinite number of possibilities through the use of both language and illustrations. Just a few are:
- Being transported to a different place and time
- Developing empathy through the understanding of different characters
- Exploring different perspectives
- Strengthening emotional literacy
- Acquiring knowledge
- Building vocabulary
A love of story also enables children to form their own narratives and instructs them in a gentle way in the art of creative writing.
“Narrative enables children to create a meaningful personal and social world, but it also is a ‘tool for thinking’. It is most effective when children are encouraged to form their own accounts, rather than passively accepting those of adults.”
Early Years Learning and Development Literature Review, University of Oxford, 2009.
The early years foundation stage details literacy targets as follows:
“Reading: children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
Writing: children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways that match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences that can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible”.
At The Educationalist, we believe that literacy is far more than this. We believe that the exploration of literacy should be both interactive and moving – with literature presented in various modalities such as rhyme, poetry, song, drama and play – methods that encourage participation on the part of the learner – and bring stories to life.
We are also passionate about empowering children in terms of finding their own unique voice, developing a sense of agency, and effectively communicating their ideas and perspectives to others.