Transdisciplinary Theme: How we express ourselves
Central Idea: Stories can be told in many ways
Key Concepts: Function – How does it work?
Connection – How is it connected to other things?
Lines of Inquiry: How people share stories
Emotional responses to stories
Creating and expressing our own stories
Children say many interesting things each day, often simple and uncalculated, remarkably clear and can be starts of many engaging stories. There are blue moons and red stars and green faces and spaghetti stars. There is poetry in the contrast of words they put together, songs in each letter of their names and a dance as we make our way from word to word, an orchestra of ideas moving through music of worlds we invoke with a range of materials and the lives we give them. How do we capture and nurture this natural habit in children to recite and to perform stories and poems? How doe we communicate and extend their potential to construct lines and verses of such creative agency?
Embarking upon this inquiry, we began, as we always do, with a question:
What is a story?
The following are some of the children’s initial responses.
It has pages and you can read it and it has pictures and you can make it out of paper
A story is when you read it sleep time at night time
A story is a book where you read very quiet and just read and talk and put in a cover and then go home, that is a story
A story is friend is book is then book is read
Sometimes we read with each other
After these initial responses, we then decided to ask each of the children to draw their idea of what a story is for them. From their drawings, we are looking forward to developing this inquiry by framing further questions and constructing experiences with the children as our inspiration.
Please view the slideshow to learn about the children’s ideas on the meaning of ‘a story’ through their drawings and their verbal explanations.
Story Photos from YIS ELC on Vimeo.