Exploring Stories In the Toddler Program
Oh how we love stories! We love to listen to stories, re-enact stories, view story books independently, create new stories with props, and so much more. Our group, throughout the whole year have been very involved in sitting quietly to engage in these language based activities, and get so much enjoyment and learning out of it!
Here are some of the skills we are building through storytelling:
Representation: identifying objects in photos; pointing to objects in books on request
Symbolic thought: acting out simple themes in pretend play
Expressive Language: increasing vocabulary; combining words; using common verbs, nouns, and adjectives
Receptive Language: listening to stories; responding to longer sentences and commands
Conversation: observing and attempting to join in conversations
~ Felt board stories~ A cozy corner for independent & group reading
~ Costumes for acting out roles ~ Letter magnets~ Props from stories & puppets
To extend on this, we planned a trip to the library! What better place to explore the world of story telling. The toddlers got to experience a puppet show and loved every minute of it!
Carly Baratta, R.E.C.E.
Emily Chepil, R.E.C.E.