Message from the Chief Principal
The Magic of Storytelling
As we embark on the delightful journey of nurturing young minds, we emphasise on the incredible impact that storytelling can have on our children’s learning and development during the early years. It is a powerful tool that facilitates the development of language skills, imagination and emotional well-being.
In the classroom we weave storytelling into our daily routines and we are constantly exploring the world of stories with our little ones. As we do so, we are able to witness consistent language development, cognitive growth and increased awareness in emotional intelligence. We even schedule a storytelling and story writing theme into the curriculum in the second term so that our children can apply their growing literacy abilities, like their knowledge in phonics and sight words, and their contextual thinking skills using the six W’s to decipher a plot in the process of storytelling and writing.
Storytelling helps children develop their creative and imaginative minds. It is a strategy of learning that benefits children starting as soon as they start to have listening comprehension abilities. Starting in the home, parents can use the three W’s, what, who and where, to help children gauge into contexts of stories, and eventually extend to the six W’s, to include when, why and how. By doing so, children will develop an inquiring mind, leading to a lifetime of self-directed learning, to become a learner who is observant, articulate, and creative.
We hope that parents can actively participate in our Parent’s Storytelling Time at the school and share precious moments telling stories to our children and their classmates, and be our partner in bringing up some book lovers endowed with a lifelong literacy journey. As a start, you can make use of the school’s learning materials and resources created by our Curriculum Director, Ms Mui, such as our story cards, story dice, or readers to facilitate children’s creation of stories, or you can attend our workshops for the lower and upper nursery parents. Using the six W’s can be very simple, if you put your heart into a story, it will come very naturally.
Good luck and have fun with your children on your story adventures!