Stories in Motion
When visiting the Cheshire Nursery School you may notice a brightly-colored tape rectangle on the floor. This simple rectangle can become anything but simple when transformed into a bakery, a forest, and so many other imaginative settings through our Stories In Motion program. This process grew out of the work of Vivian Gussin Paley, a prominent early childhood educator, author, and theorist.
When students have an idea for a story, they are encouraged to dictate the story to a teacher who will write down their words in a special story portfolio. These stories range from a single phrase from the youngest students to quite complex narratives, depending on the childrens' developmental level and fluency. Children's stories are read aloud, then as a group characters are identified and the 'author' determines which students will act out the parts.
More than just literacy: children build competence in social-emotional skills such as turn-taking, team-building, confidence and self-expression. The students have really embraced this activity; they are equally excited to act out their friends' stories as they are to have their own ideas heard. Stories In Motion allows the students to become authors just like the published authors we celebrate in our classroom!