Based in San Francisco, iteachkids.org is an early childhood education blog by Tiva Lee Samaru. HER posts explore; through videos and other resources - original early childhood education curricula and ideas for enrichment classes, as well as, tips and tricks for classroom management and general childcare.

Bring the story to life

Bring the story to life

One thing teaching story time classes has taught us, is that children love to see a story come to life. I mean, who wouldn't! A story is such a powerful thing.

Stories teach us things and help us understand more about ourselves, each other and the world. They show us the power of imagination and the power of the mind. They empower and inspire. They enable our dreams both consciously and subconsciously, and help us learn. They surely do a lot more than that, but we can't state every single thing otherwise this would be a super long read! Regardless, one thing we can say is that stories have been a part of human life for decades and will for many more decades to come. 

Now, the aforementioned makes the responsibility of teaching a story time class seem stronger, but really and truly a story time class is as easy as they come.

All you have to make sure is that you do your best to "bring the story to life" and everything else will fall into place. We promise! There are many ways to "bring the story to life", but one way we do so; is by making our own props. These props are then used as a tangible extension of the "story" or "theme" in our classes. They serve multiple purposes really.

They help us tell the story. They help us focus on certain facets of the theme. They help us teach the children in a more direct way, and; they almost always guarantee our students' undivided attention and who wouldn't want that.

Still navigating our way through our ocean theme, we took the five sea creatures from our Arts and Crafts project and integrated them into our story time curriculum. We then wrote a little song about them, one that conveys the message of our theme and story. This song when paired with the five sea creatures made for the perfect little story time activity.

How did it go?

Our students loved this activity. They enjoyed watching the sea creatures in motion. At times our students wanted so badly to touch the sea creatures and we happily obliged!

One suggestion we have to make this activity more of a learning experience versus an interactive one, is to ask your students to stay seated using their eyes to watch the creatures in motion and their ears to hear and learn the song. Maybe even ask them to clap along with you as a means of keeping them engaged.  


Take a look!

If you are in fact on the hunt for a fun and new ocean-themed activity for your next story time class, feel free to watch our video. You will see how we integrated the props and of course, you will be able to learn the song as well. We are confident that this activity (song and props) will strengthen your story time class, bring a smile to your students' faces while educating them about the ocean and these five sea creatures and make you feel a lot more confident about your story time class!

Bring The Story To Life,

Tiva & Randa

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