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How Do I Get Started?

Tips and tools to help you get started using the Playing with Words approach to collaborative storytelling, including planning for and reflecting on activities, props and enactment.

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So now that you are interested in storytelling and the co-creation of stories, how do you get started? First of all, you need to assess the child’s readiness for co-creating stories. Play-based storytelling is built on a foundation of skills that include both communicative intent and symbolic representation.

Pathway to Storytelling

If you are a parent or educator, it is important to recognize that not every child is ready to co-create stories, and there are strategies you can use to help a child become ready to do this. In fact, you are probably already doing many of these things.

Getting Ready for Storytelling

When your student is ready to engage in co-creation of stories, educators need to understand how to carry out these activities effectively. This involves both advance planning, flexibility and reflection. It also involves learning to value the process of co-creation.

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