by Rebecca Bergmann
Speech and language and communication - now recognised as being very important in the early years. Stories for Talking will help you set up a programme to support the early development of language. It is a simple programme that is easy to implement, but it is very structured and very thorough.
Stories for Talking
The introductory chapters are anything but brief! There is a lot of interesting and well written information covering storytime - things like the timing, size of the group, language level of stories, illustrations, repetition, the structure and nature of stories.
The author then looks at the core aspects of language and development - comprehension, expressive language, semantics, the functional use of language, and attention and listening skills.
In the third chapter, Rebecca then turns her attention to language difficulties and supporting strategies. This is packed with useful analogies and what you can do to help.
Following this there is a detailed explanation of the Stories for Talking programme and how to implement it. This is followed by daily activities based on five popular stories: Dora's Eggs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Washing Line, The Enormous Turnip and Walking in the Jungle.
You can decide at what level you feel you need to work. For example, for each story there is a weekly plan for introducing new vocabulary (in the case of Dora's Eggs it is around the theme of animals). Next is a weekly plan for building phrases and sentences (from two to three word sentences). Next is a weekly plan to help develop narrative skills. Each is followed by notes on generalising language and skills within the EYFS. Each story has its own section of photocopiable resources that are linked to the daily activities.
This is truly an impressive package! It's taken us years to get this ready ... and I think you'll see why. It is pretty amazing.