Real cognition is not adding more content, but more structure. It is not information but the neural infrastructure that makes the content come alive… connections, conclusions, etc. So you want games which encourage comprehension what and why? Kids this age thrive on skill-building.
The early years family storytelling project Porter Croft School, Sheffield Involving the families in Talk for Writing works wonders Katie Houghton, Foundation 2 teacher at Porter Croft School, Sheffield, reflects on how involving families in the Talk-for-Writing approach has transformed the school.
If you provide the right building blocks and structure, then they can.
There has been a complete change in what they can achieve, and in what I expect them to achieve. In the autumn term ofmy school was lucky enough to be selected by Sheffield Council to take part in a project with Pie Corbett and Julia Strong that was investigating what difference it would make if the families of reception children were involved in the Talk-for-Writing storytelling approach.
This approach to establishing what they know and what progress they have made has been a real insight. Now I know how to build the foundations so they can become story tellers. The progress the children are now making needs to be set in context.
The national expected level for a four-year-old entering foundation 2 previously known as reception would be months. But now our children are leaving Year 2 making progress in line with the national average and leave year 6 making progress above the national average. Before the project, trying to teach children to write stories was like building a house without foundations.
The children were very passive. They would listen to stories being read to them but now they are actively involved in telling the story themselves so that the language and all the key storytelling sentence patterns are in their heads.
Previously it was all too much. They were trying to remember a story and how to form the letters and leave space between the words. There were just too many things to do.
We were setting them up to fail; not just in literacy but in all aspects of school. Involving the families turned out to be easy.
Once the children had fully internalised a story the imitation stage of Talk for Writing we invited the families to come in a little early to collect the children who then performed for their families and invited them to join in. This communal storytelling was the first time some of the children and their parents had heard their own voices speaking English.
This approach has gone from strength to strength. Now the families come in and join the storytelling once a half term and the children regularly take story maps home to work with their families on innovating or inventing their own stories.
It has been a revelation to many of the parents that you can make your dragon drive a car and enjoy a cup of tea in front of the fire.Feb 01, · Here are some of my previous posts on Montessori activities for younger children: Montessori for 21 to 22 Month Olds Montessori for 19 to 20 Month Olds Montessori for 17 to 18 Month Olds.
Making the most of Talk for Writing training Download a PDF version of document here Rome wasn’t built in a day Talk for Writing Primary Adviser Maria Richards explains why you must invest time and have a plan if you want to reap the potential benefits of Talk for Writing for your school.
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Hi there, Cost is a problem with Writing Retreats admittedly!
– not just the cost of attending one, but also organising one: the cost of the speakers, their flights, the accommodation (we rented a twelve bedroom house) and the catering (freshly cooked local food to inspire). I have been on hiatus from doing out-of-state teacher trainings recently for two reasons: 1) I'm writng a book on teaching writing, and 2) I'm preparing to retire from the classroom at the end of the school year.