Children are engaged in storytelling activities throughout the English Language Arts program series. The key elements of a story will be discussed and children will be encouraged to create their own story using a variety of building sets. Each story will have a plot, main character and setting, all of which will be created by the children. Children will have the opportunity to create their own stories, as well as to collaborate with their peers to create a story together. These sessions afford them the opportunity to be independent “authors” as well as to learn how to work with others to create collaborative work. Each session will focus on different types of stories so that children have the opportunity to dive into different worlds and be exposed to various points of interest.
Benefits of the English Language Arts program sessions include, but are not limited to, public speaking, creative storytelling, sequencing, connections, associations and role-playing. Children are encouraged to work both independently and with their peers in small and large groups. Children gain confidence through these sessions as they become more comfortable with sharing their thoughts and ideas with one another. Children also learn how to encourage one another through the sharing of ideas and working collaboratively to achieve a common goal. They learn how to share their input “constructively” rather than “critically”. Fine motor skills through object manipulation are enhanced.