Listening to and empathising with others developing the ability to converse with peers and adults
Choose a picture book that will appeal to the group of children. If you want to read the whole story, make sure the written text is brief. The main objective is to get the children talking and having conversations with you and each other.
Make sure you are very familiar with the story
Think about the kinds of prompts and questions you will use to think and talk about the story.
Remember the golden rules: ask open-ended questions: recast and expand what children say.
Before you start, ensure you have thought about: the ways in which children might be able to relate the story to their own lives: the new vocabulary that you will introduce in reading and talking about the story: follow-up experiences and activities to consolidate this vocabulary.
2. Story prompts- including open-ended questions and enabling statements
A young bear called Douglas needed a hug and began searching for one, but none were quite right until he found the one he was looking for in the arms of his Mum!
Prompts and open-ended questions might include:
How do you think Douglas was feeling when he woke up?
I wonder why Douglas needed a hug when he woke up?
I wonder why the snowball didn’t feel quite right to Douglas when he hugged it?
I wonder why the leaves on the bush quivered and trembled?
I wonder why the sheep said they were ‘too busy’ to give Douglas a hug?
I wonder why the sheep didn’t like Douglas giving them a hug?
What kind of bear do you think Douglas is?
Why do you think Douglas wiped his nose on the rabbit’s tail?
3. Relate the story to the children’s experiences
Prompts might include:
How do you feel when you wake up in the morning?
Do you ever feel you need a hug?
Where or who might you go to if you need a hug?
How do you think Douglas felt when no one would give him a hug?
How do you think Douglas felt when his Mum gave him a hug?
4. Extend the children’s vocabulary
Focus on some of the vocabulary introduced in the book and discussion: