What does it mean to belong? This was my educator wonder at the beginning of this year. How can children learn from and with each other to establish positive classroom culture? How do their actions and interactions create the learning community and develop a sense of belonging amongst those within? How could documentation serve as a pedagogical tool to support this?
Vivian Gussin Paley offers us another way to value the storytelling lives of children – by honouring the stories they create in their play.
Young children are continually creating pretend stories. What Paley promotes is the value of honouring those stories. These stories of play are literacy at it’s finest – authors building on what they know to create and develop stories and plots, adding imagination and creativity and emotion, developing roles and creating sets and props.
What would happen if we expanded our definition of early literacy to include and honour the stories children tell through their playful exploration of the materials around them? What opportunities, growth and potential for developing creativity would occur if we allowed for the idea in our classrooms that literacy – in particular writing – begins with and flows from the storytelling lives of the children? Continue reading “How Can We Value the Storytelling Lives of Developing Authors – Part 1”