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Storysacks

Storysacks

In school all children from Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class receive a Storysack every few weeks. On Mondays, your child’s teacher may inform you that you are getting a Storysack. It is to be collected from the Home School Co-ordinator’s office and returned to the kitchen on Friday mornings.

 

A Storysack is a large cloth bag which contains a good quality young child’s picture book with supporting materials to stimulate reading activities. To bring the book to life, soft toys of the main character, props relating to items in the story, a non-fiction book relating to the theme of the storybook, a CD or CD-ROM and a game are included.

 

The aim of a Storysack is for parents and children to enjoy the reading experience together. Storysacks will help develop and improve your child’s reading skills and encourage a life-long love of reading.

 

Suggested activities involving Storysacks:

 

The book

  • Talk about the book. Discuss the cover, author, and illustrator.
  • Ask your child what they think may happen in the story.
  • As you read, ask the child to act out the story with the soft toys and props.
  • As certain points in the story stop and ask your child “What do you think will happen next?”
  • When you have finished the story ask your child “What was your favourite part in the story?” “Why?”

 

The props

  • As you read, ask the child to act out the story with the soft toys and props.
  • As you read the story, ask your child to find the appropriate prop.
  • Talk about each prop and ask where it was in the story and to whom it belonged.
  • Put the props out in the sequence as they appear in the story.

 

The CD

  • Stop the CD of the story from time to time and ask your child, “What happens next?”
  • As the CD is running, follow the story together with your finger in the book.

 

The game

  • Play the game when you have a quiet, undisturbed playtime together.
  • Play the game more than once.
  • Don’t always let your child win. It is an important social skill to learn to lose!

 

Please take care of the items in the Storysacks and if anything is missing please let Miss Heavin know.

 

Have fun!!