Preschool Stories

Using Stories in the Preschool ESL Classroom

Executive Summary about Preschool Stories by Shelley Vernon

Preschool Story

Preschool Story

There are many great pre-k activities for ESL classrooms, including games, but it’s also very important to not discount the power of stories. Whether you’re reading a classic book, making up a story as you go along or designing a story specifically for a particular lesson, you’ll want to be sure to include stories in the preschool ESL class every day.

One of the reasons why stories work so well in the ESL preschool classroom has to do with intrinsic motivation. Stories are perfect for teaching young ESL students because children already love stories and are already motivated at the thought of listening to one. Here are some possibilities on how you can use stories in your classroom:

Teach Vocabulary

Before you use a story in the ESL preschool classroom, you’ll need to teach the students the key vocabulary words to they are able to follow the story. Thus the story can serve as a basis for drawing vocabulary words.

Vary Your Classroom Activities

Whenever you tell a story allow your creativity show through.

Introduce Other Activities

Stories are a great jumping board for other activities. Here is just a sampling of activities you could do following a story:

* Have the students come up with a title for the story. Allow as many titles as students who’d like to share one.

* Repeat quotes from the story and ask the students “Who said it?”

Then, read the ending of the story.

* Encourage the children to look for patterns in the story.

* Teach them a song that goes along with the theme of the story.

* Let them act out parts of the story.

* Set up stations that allow them to dress up like characters in the story and do things the characters in the story did. So, if the characters in the story decorated cookies, give them some time to decorate cookies.

* Tell a story to introduce a new unit.

* Give the students three events in the story and ask them what came first.

* Have the students draw a picture about their favourite part of the story and then explain it to the class.

There are so many things you can do with stories in the ESL classroom.

Preschool Stories

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