"Setting out on an adventure is thrilling, but coming home is even better!" - Where the Wild Things Are
What do we mean by "Literary Walk"?
This is a method of engaging children fully into the art, and the essence of literature. We read and tell stories each and every day here, but our literary walk is a special invitation into delving deeply in a multitude of ways into classic literature. We choose a few throughout the year to highlight in this special way. The following is the outline of the process of a literary walk.
1. Oral telling of the story (repeated for a few days) This process engages the children's imaginations as they will be imagining the story, creating their own images in their minds as the story is told, and retold. We, as story tellers, will bring our own flair in the telling of the story. We may even invite parents or other members of the community to come tell their recollection of the stories during the year.
2. Reading several versions of the story in book form. In this stage we introduce the story as written by an author and see pictures presented to us by the illustrator. This brings a new level to the experience of the story. We will wonder and share thoughts around this new piece.
3. Storytelling sets added to the toys in the classroom. Some will be crafted by adults in view of the children. Some will be the creations of the children. We see all these steps as a process of building up the experience, knowledge and practice needed for learning new crafts. The sets will be offered as "story spots", where anyone is welcome to set and tell the story, play the story out using the pieces, change to story and consider the story, with a friend or alone.
4. A "literary walk" This is an invitation set out by the adults. A general guideline of the story is drawn out on a long sheet of butcher paper. We carefully select and add just the basic key elements to the story. The Children are then invited to work together to add and fill in the full story with their own thoughts and illustrations. When complete, we have a story walk, that we can walk along and retell the story.
5. Story retelling by the children The story will be retold using a variety of tools, such as puppets, costumes, or props.
6. Performing the story The last piece will be for the children to re-enact the story, in costumes we've created as part of the process, using a set we've designed with the children. You will be invited to share by watching a video or as a member of the audience. No matter how it is presented to you, we know you'll cherish the love for literature in your little ones heart.
Along the way, during this adventure into a particular classic story, invitations will be set out to connect children with the story in yet another layer. This will be experiences such as sensory bin materials and manipulatives that connect in some way, something in our meal prep, science experiments, sewing, handwork and crafting costumes and set props.