If you are involved in the education of primary school age children then you will soon find yourself making use of a notable collection of story books. You will need a considerable quota of additional resources to use alongside the story books so you will without doubt save a considerable amount of time if you use well designed teaching resources. It is possible to find complete story sacks but you can put together your own with considerable ease using story sacks.
The most important resource for a story sack is the main book. Most story sacks are made from a strong fabric that is durable enough to hold all the resources. The contents of a story sack might include soft toys, puppets,games,photographs, a CD and activities that will promote language development based around the main book. The CD or a tape With the story on can be played over and over again to help the children learn the story and become confident with the story structure. The main book, on which the story sack is based, should be of high quality with accompanying books based on the same subject. Having a factual book associated with the topic in the story sack promotes an interest and knowledge of the world.
Settings that cater for young children will often have a library or reading area and within that area story sacks will often be found. Young children become familiar from a very young age with particular nursery rhymes and stories. As young children become more confident with a text they will begin to become more creative and confident in developing their language skills. Story sacks are a great way to foster this development as the children use the contents and bring meaning to the story.
Story sacks are not readily available in book shops and in the High Street. You will need to do some research and find story sacks for sale on-line. The research that you carry out is important because there are a vast selection available and they vary widely in the quality.
Teachers and people working with young children often spend hours preparing resources to support a story. Creating displays and activities that go alongside a book can take hours so choose a story sack that has a great variety of activities included in it. Practical resources, ideas and activities in a guide or a CD of teaching resources that can be printed, laminated and used alongside the story can save you hours of preparation time. Cross curricular ideas help to bring sense and meaning of the world to young children.
Story sacks can help towards producing some of the most lively creative teaching and learning in early years settings. They are fun and make positive learning links for young children. Neil Griffiths, a Head Teacher from Swindon, first started developing the idea of story sacks for young children. He recognised that story sacks could help the story teller, whether this was a parent, grand parent, teaching assistant or teacher. Story sacks can be shared in a lively, positive,creative and non-threatening manner to help young children foster an interest in books.
As story sacks have become more popular their use has spread to agencies, groups and institutions other than schools and pre-school settings. Libraries, childminders, after school clubs, speech therapists and children’s hospitals are now finding story sacks a beneficial resource. Teachers of children that have specific learning needs are also finding story sacks help create positive results.
One of the most positive sides to story sacks are the opportunities that they give to young children to use them independently and in small groups. Once the child is familiar with the story and the contents of the sack they are able to explore the story and re-tell it using the supporting props. This helps to develop their independence, sharing, taking turns, and will help develop their confidence and language skills.
To find a really good source of story sacks try to find a supplier that offers a CD with a wealth of teaching ideas and resources linked to the main story. These will save you so much time in preparation and will give you and your children hours of enjoyment and learning. The best suppliers will have key words, labels, number activities, creative ideas, language activities, colouring, tracing, masks and many other activities that will enhance the learning experience.