A story worth telling…

A story worth telling… By early childhood specialist Nadia Lubowski, who co-ordinates PRAESA’s Storyplay initiatives. It is Zoe’s Educare’s second birthday and I went to deliver some storybooks PRAESA donated to celebrate this small but wonderful beacon of...

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The ‘what if’ of the story

The ‘what if’ is what happens when we open up the book and allow it to expand our boundaries. We switch thinking from inside the book to a wider, new world of possibilities.

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Dragon mode – the story comes alive!

As we neared tidy-up time, we asked the teacher what she felt the children had covered from the curriculum. She spread her arms wide and exclaimed “ All of this, look! They have done home language, maths, cutting and painting, sticking, playdough and building, spelling, writing and reading. All with ONE STORY.”

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Do mice read?

Children wrote messages to the mouse family and taped them to the walls of the mouse library. The children also went to write stories in the little blank books to add to the library collection and displayed them on the shelves.

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Magic! Is anything possible in storyland?

Magic! Is anything possible in storyland? Sive Mbolekwa, PRAESA literacy mentor, reflects on his sessions with Grade R children using the picture book An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni (IQanda elinguMmangaliso). In this story, three frogs discover a...

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The seriousness of Storyplay

The seriousness of Storyplay Writing the children’s own stories as they dictate them is integral to PRAESA’s Storyplay work. We adapt the storytelling and story acting curriculum of Vivian Gussin Paley as we try to create respectful spaces for children to...

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Exploring words with Leo Lionni’s Frederick

Exploring words with Leo Lionni’s Frederick PRAESA’s Storyplay work in the Ububele Story Schools Project takes place in crèches and grade R classrooms. Reading and writing progress among young children happens when they have regular and meaningful...

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Learnings from young children – little dinosaur

Learnings from young children – little dinosaur Early childhood specialist NADIA LUBOWSKI co-ordinates PRAESA’s Storyplay initiatives. Here she shares some observations about her baby’s language learning process. One Sunday morning we had a family brunch...

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