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How can we plan Story Time at home?

As the days go by and Flora continues to be at home, we decided to continue planning different and creative activities to support her with her learning.

For more information on how we can help Flora during this time with Coronovirus, see here.


Before we start with the learning activity, we always do a sensory circuit to increase her readiness to learn.

For more information on sensory circuit, see here.


The plan of Story Time:



Step 1: Reading the story

Flora can't read and stay seated for the entire story. So instead of just reading the book to her, we use different objects and toys to show her what happens in the story. It's like watching a play!


This time we have chosen to read a story about witches.


Step 2: Activity.

When we finish the story, we combine it with an activity. In this case, there is nothing better than making our own magic potion! We use pictures of the items we need, point to them and name them one by one. Then, we follow the steps while we are saying what we are doing so that Flora can connect the word with the action.


Many times, Flora finds it difficult to express her feelings and her face remains expressionless. That's why we act as a role model. That is, when our magic potion is ready,we make expressions and show our enthusiasm.



Step 3: The child's turn - Communication

After we have completed the demonstration we can encourage Flora to have a go. In this step our goal is to have the child listen to the steps so that they can do the activity as independently as possible and also to encourage them to communicate with us. Depending on the child's communication level, we can encourage the child to communicate with us by asking for the items they need. Flora uses the symbol exchange system (PECS).


Step 4: Play

After we have made the magic potion, we empty it into the tray, give Flora different toys and let her play.


When Flora is more tired, we skip Step 3 and go straight to the game (Step 4) .


We should always take into account the child's needs and abilities and adapt the activities accordingly.


For more information on how to make the magic potion, click here.


We would suggest reading the same story over a period of time. Gradually the child will start to become more actively involved in reproducing the story. You can read it 2-3 times a week.


 

We will share more tips and activities in the future, so keep visiting us.


We are looking forward to hearing your views and experiences.

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