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ERIC Number: EJ898688
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Using Story Drama with Young Preschoolers
Wanerman, Todd
Young Children, v65 n2 p20-28 Mar 2010
Young preschoolers (ages 2-3) have not been the focus of story drama discussions, as some developmental beliefs suggest that this kind of curriculum is beyond their reach--children in this age group do not yet engage in pretend play, are not generally interested in organized social interaction, and their language skills are too immature. In his teaching, this author has found that using storybooks as a script for simple, teacher-facilitated group pretend play can be a very satisfying and effective experience for young preschoolers, and one that responds to and promotes children's individual ideas and development. Story drama provides a developmental link between infants' sensory exploration of materials and the interactive pretend play of prekindergartners. It is an ideal curriculum approach with young preschoolers because it is essentially simple--teachers encourage and support children to act out some of their favorite books. In this article, the author discusses some basic components of story drama and describes five basic steps teachers can follow in acting out stories with toddlers. He offers examples and reminders of the power of story drama for enhancing young children's social and intellectual lives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A