a journey to promote key competences in early childhood education through storytelling

Everyone likes a good story – for entertainment or also for educational purposes, e.g. to keep the attention of children while imparting important contents or to develop competences. Competences like communication in the mother tongue or a foreign language, social competences, basic mathematical skills… - fundamental contents as basis for lifelong learning

According to the Pisa studies almost 20% of children at the age of 15 are not able to read properly. They mostly originate from families offering little stimulation. This clearly shows the crucial role of early childhood education and by this of the kindergarten educators.

“Imagine that there was a magic potion which gets your child to sit still and listen attentively, which at the same time gives wings to his or her imagination and extends vocabulary, which additionally develops the capacity to put oneself in another person’s place and share their feelings, which also strengthens your child’s trust and allows him or her to look into the future with courage and confidence. Such a magic potion does, indeed, exist: it is the fairy tales which we tell or read to our children. Story lessons are the highest form of teaching.”

(Gerald Hüther, Professor for Neurobiology, University Göttingen)



This magic potion according to Hüther is not the fairy tale as such but the emotional relationship with the content and the people in the fairy tale, in which the child allows itself to be involved with the empathetic help of the storyteller as he or she listens.

The Sinbad project aims at promoting storytelling and the use of storytelling techniques in pre-school and primary school education, in order to enhance the key competences acquired by children. The project activities therefore support pre-school and primary school teachers in learning or further developing oral storytelling, gives advice on how to actively involve children and impart methods for a targeted competence development.


Sinbad at a glance

  • Pedagogical background information
    • Competence based learning in early childhood education
    • EU key competences
    • Storytelling as teaching method
  • Education pack and elearning course: Storytelling for the competence development of children
  • Practical face-to-face workshops: Storytelling for the competence .
  • Guidelines for organising face-to-face workshops and collegial exchange independently
  • Collection of example stories as resource and basis for further ideas

Find a story

The Sinbad partnership has compiled a collection of stories with different competence development activities which you can perform with children. Please have in mind that the stories just give examples of what is possible. You may follow the example but also use them as inspiration for your own ideas.

Please choose a key competence you want to work with

Downloads

 

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Pedagogical Framework: Competence development through storytelling: a draft conceptual framework

In the Sinbad project we seek to promote competence development among young children in the pre-school and early school years age of 3- 7 years old through story telling. Throughout the last decades the focus in education have grown towards a stronger achievement orientation. As a consequence discussions arise on lowering the entry age of compulsory school education. In many countries people discuss curricula even for children under the age of 3. Some say that it is necessary to do so to enhance the opportunities of disadvantaged children......

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Education Pack: Further training handbook for people working in early childhood education – Storytelling for the competence development of children


This handbook is the result of research and development undertaken by all partners, with the express aim of creating a resource for teachers and other educators working with primary-aged children. We set out to create a useful collection of information, guides, techniques, methodologies and suggestions to help teachers bring story-telling into the classroom, as an educational tool. The result is this Education Pack, or toolbox, which we hope will assist you.

 

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Navigating with Sinbad

 

You might want to organize informal storytelling practice sessions with colleagues, either in your own Kindergarten or school or with a group of interested peers in your (teacher) environment. The SINBAD team has developed an e-course which you can either follow yourself first and/or share with your colleagues and then go to practice together. The guidelines you are reading here are first steps to help you on your way.

 

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An ‘Evolutionary’ Case for Storytelling (Storybag)


As a partner with a background in socio-ethology of behaviour and communication and with a growing interest and knowledge as to the applicability of storytelling and narrative approaches to different areas of education it seemed logical that our contribution would be more in these fields. We are consultants, not practising teachers. However, we are also parents who care for the education of the following generations and the quality of education.

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Storytelling as a Pedagogical Tool (Platon School)


The recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the storytelling method. More specifically, the narrative as art and technique as well as a means of entertainment, both in education, and in the realm of culture, is gaining ground worldwide.

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Bibliography

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The project results were presented at two multiplier events, in Managvat (Turkey) and Leipzig (Germany). The project information was enriched by presentations from external experts on the topic and storytelling workshops. This conference paper summarises the two events.

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Contact

Wisamar Bildungsgesellschaft gemeinnützige GmbH

Sabine Röhrig-Mahhou
Heinrichstr. 5-7
04317 Leipzig
Tel. 0049 (0)341 51999555
Fax 0049 (0)341 51999554

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www.wisamar.de

 

PLATO

Jaap van Lakerveld
Wassenaarseweg
52, 2333ak, Leiden, The Netherlands
0031 71 5273418
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Storybag

Peter Frühmann
Minister Hartsenlaan 3,
1217 LR, Hilversum, The Netherlands (Nederland)
0031 6 5533 6465
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Manavgat İlçe Milli Eğitim Müdürlüğü

Hasan Biber
Mimar Sinan Mahallesi,
07600 Manavgat-Antalya, Turkey
0090 5056764752
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Grampus Heritage and Training Ltd

Jessica Karcher
Ashgill, Threapland, Wigton, Cumbria,
CA7 2EL, England
0044 016973 21516
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Karaliaus Mindaugo profesinio mokymo centras (PMC)

Kęstutis Želnys
Karaliaus Mindaugo pr.11,
LT-44287 Kaunas
00370 37 207185
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PLATON SCHOOLS

Evangelos Kapetis
Ganohora, Katerini
+30 2351031111
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