I was watching my 4 year old nephew and niece (twins) as they were playing, watching tv, drawing and having fun. My niece drew scribbles and then told me a story about the scribbles. Her parents obviously read to them. She did sentences such as “The cow goes to the party. The horse goes to the party. The dog goes to the party. They have fun.”
I thought of how much her parents read to her and of how interesting the story was that she wanted to hear it over and over again. Her parents have encouraged her to tell stories.
I wonder how we present interesting material to our students so that they want to pay attention to it, how we present the same information in different ways to them , how we expect them to learn big skills, and how we encourage them to tell us their learning stories.
Or do we read to them our book that does not interest them and only expect them to remember obscure details from the story instead of achieving big skills?