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The Sinbad project offers further training in storytelling for people working in early childhood education with the aim to enhance the key competence acquisition of children between 3 and 7.

Based on a pedagogical framework, developed by the PLATO at the University of Leiden, and education pack was developed which will be implemented in form of a blended learning.

An elearning course contains training about the concept of competence, competence acquisition as well as methodologies, techniques and resources about storytelling in education. Storytelling practice sessions in all implementing partner countries provide a platform for practicing the acquired knowledge and skills. 

Guidelines on how to organise storytelling practice will make the tools self-sustainable and allow pre-school and primary teachers as well as other professionals in early childhood education to establish local storytelling groups for continuous education.





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......



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.




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.



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.


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.







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.



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