Friday, July 13, 2012

Living Green - Story Project for Kids


Stories and they are fun - imaginative and leading to a fantasy world. "Once upon a time"....and "Happily ever after..." are the happy lines to begin and end. When kids come to the class, they pick up the colorful books and end up reading stories, comics and jokes. Later, they make their Book Journals and jot down all the fancy stories they've read. When encouraged, they narrate the stories in the language they know with the innocent gestures and start flaunting their ignorance and jumble up their own story sometimes.

Each generation has it's own charm. The tech savvy kids of today are no more confined to books nor they love to get engrossed in reading. The concentration breaks after several minutes and they opt for talks preferably willing to connect to you tube and watch a song or talk about facebook. Their thoughts have drifted more to visuals which is more preferred choice of most of the kids today. Television viewing is now shared with time accommodated for facebook and viewing their interesting videos online.

Kids at Swagat engage into Story Project every year during summer or when November Book Month is celebrated. This year, the Story Project is with a difference as Kids will explore their favorite video songs and video stories online. I am sure, you've visited the Fairyland Pages on Kidsfreesouls with Stories by Artie Knapp. Many kids have done the Story Project with Artie's stories. Here's how it goes:

1. Read the stories at Fairyland.
2. Also can read the stories at Stories with Grammar
3. Take a full size Scrap book/Drawing book.
4. Print a story sheet of Artie stories/grammar stories
5. Collect some stickers/story characters
6. In the Drawing book, make a colorful page with title 'Story Project'
7. Inside, write down 'Story Board' mentioning all the stories read.
8. Read the Artie/grammar story and paste the print out.
9. Draw and color the cover image of Artie Knapp's story that you've selected
10. Write the review and mention why you like/dislike the story and moral of the story. eg. There's a crocodile in the Pickle Jar story.
11. Paste stickers of the story characters
12. Mention guidelines from 'How to write a story' and try to write a para or two using imagination
13. Watch a story videos online. The one story video used by Swagat is "Living Green - A turtle's quest for a cleaner Planet"
14. Conclusion - Mention why Reading is important for all.
15. Credits - Thanks for the help while making the Project.

Artie's stories are favorite reads online and great picks for the Story Project. For the visuals, watch the story videos online - "Living Green - A turtle's quest for a cleaner Planet" Artie Knapp’s children’s book Living Green: A Turtle’s Quest for a Cleaner Planet is now available as a free video for kids through StoryCub.org. A shortlist finalist for the national 2012 Green Earth Book Award, Thurman the turtle is tired of seeing the land he loves cluttered with trash and decides to take action.

 "Living Green - A turtle's quest for a cleaner Planet" :Click here to watch through a direct link. 
Story telling is a gateway to the heart. When kids read, they sometimes fail to understand but when stories are told, they eagerly love to listen and drift their tiny minds to float to imaginative world. Stories influence the child and they learn the Moral Values . Read the stories aloud to kids and also find the trouble shooting areas on their reading habits. Make them read, write reviews, know the moral and find what part they like best and why.

Fairy land Stories Stories with Grammar Comprehension stories | Fairy Quiz

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1 comment:

Mira Nalini said...

Hi, I like this Project and wanted to say that reading Short Stories For Kids are short lengths like 40-50 pages. Therefore, it presents greater visual representations providing additional enjoyment. Hence, reading comics and short stories alike proves to be much fun as it’s less time consuming.