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  • Chelsie
  • Newgookin

    • 3

    • February 06, 2012, 04:23:22 pm
    • Seoul
Storytelling to preschoolers
« on: February 08, 2012, 04:37:30 pm »
Hey I am teaching preschool-kindie story classes; these kids can't talk/read/write english (took me 20min to get the to write box and dog)  I am not used to teaching stories to such a low level does someone have any suggestions as to what I can do.  (My Co-teacher uses the activity book which handles all phonics and vocab)  I'm at a loss!


  • meesh
  • Adventurer

    • 53

    • March 14, 2011, 10:38:48 am
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: Storytelling to preschoolers
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2012, 05:16:14 pm »
so what exactly are you supposed to be teaching? your are just reading stories to them? does the school provide you with books you have to use? they should know simple words like "dog", so i would show them the book, and for every picture/page, point to something and say "what is it?" and they *should* be able to say dog, cat, blah blah (i'm not sure of the speaking level of your kids, but i would think they would know at least something if they're learning phonics)

if there is a dog in the story, practice with just that one word. show the pictures of different numbers of dogs and as "how many?". maybe they know numbers? if not, that's something you can teach them. just speaking - not writing numbers or reading them, repeating after you. have them color pictures of dogs, have "dog" written on the print so they can trace it, then have them try to write it beside the word without tracing. it will help them practice writing.

hope this helps!


Re: Storytelling to preschoolers
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2012, 07:10:11 pm »
If possible you should try and review some of what your co-teacher teaches them in phonics. Do the alphabet song and writing of the alphabet with them a lot. You can find traceable alphabet worksheets on line to give them so they can practice writing the words.

You could make flashcards for the book. A picture of a dog and on the other side the word dog. Start teaching them with pictures first until they have a better grasp on the alphabet sounds.

Numbers are also a good idea.

When you are reading or having them repeat the story make sure that they are following along with their fingers so that they are learning the sounds as opposed to just memorizing.

It seems like you really need to just start at the beginning with the basic for this class. I taught a beginner class once but they already had a decent grasp on the alphabet and some vocabulary. It's better to go slowly and work on the alphabet and sounds for a long time to ensure they understand.

Hope that helps a bit!


  • annekat
  • Veteran

    • 170

    • April 26, 2011, 07:56:08 am
    • Osan, Gyeonggi-do
Re: Storytelling to preschoolers
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2012, 07:40:50 am »
When I taught kindy last year I occasionally had to teach stories. My general plan was to act out each part of the story in front of the class and use different voices. Although some stories are easier to act than others...

If you want to get them speaking, you can use your silly acting as a reward for good repetition.
If the kids each have a copy of the story in their book, you can point to different characters and objects and ask "what's this"/"who's this" so that you know they are paying attention.

I had pretty smart kindergarten students so they didn't have too much trouble following and would ask questions about the story so I usually enjoyed teaching those things.
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  • TheWB18
  • Expert Waygook

    • 634

    • October 27, 2011, 07:51:30 am
    • South Korea
Re: Storytelling to preschoolers
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2012, 07:47:12 am »
so what exactly are you supposed to be teaching? your are just reading stories to them? does the school provide you with books you have to use? they should know simple words like "dog", so i would show them the book, and for every picture/page, point to something and say "what is it?" and they *should* be able to say dog, cat, blah blah (i'm not sure of the speaking level of your kids, but i would think they would know at least something if they're learning phonics)


I've had a lot of luck doing this.  Brown Bear, Brown Bear is a great book for this - they'll know most of the animals and probably most of the colors, and at least with my kids, they were familiar with the book already so they could read along.

Also, books with lots of repetition (i.e. brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? I see a [color] [animal] looking at me) makes it easy for them to repeat along once you teach them the words.