Story Exploring Training

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This interactive 6 hour training provides practitioners with an innovative, scientifically based
curriculum and approach that will transform the read-aloud experience in the classroom and home
environment. As participants you will:

  • Examine ways to encourage a positive disposition towards reading in children.
  • Explore use of story as a way to teach and examine the importance of narrative and how it is reflected in curriculum development and instructional practices.
  • Learn about the research that supports the Story Exploring approach and its key elements.
  • Practice specific strategies and techniques to build literacy skills through the read-aloud experience.
  • Discover ways to motivate parents to use the transfer-to-home activities provided through the Story Extenders.

Participants attending this training have included early childhood and elementary school
teachers, librarians, after school counselors, home visitors, Head Start, Even Start/Family
Literacy, and Title I staff.

The Story Exploring Handbooks, reflect the findings of reading research and federal
guidelines for early childhood and elementary school years.
Story Exploring offers four levels using over 100 multicultural children’s books.

  • Book 1, designed for use with infants and toddlers encourages our youngest learners to enjoy simple board books. Caring adults read, talk about, and lead simple activities that promote story enjoyment and build emergent literacy skills.
  • Book 2, designed for use with pre-schoolers helps caregivers read to children in ways that will enhance comprehension, build vocabulary and help them translate spoken language to the written word. Two special features include Having Fun with Language and Writing What’s Said. They promote phonological awareness by using rhymes and songs to help children discriminate between sounds and build print awareness by helping children write down what they have heard.
  • Book 3, designed for use with grades K – 2 focuses on moving children from phonological awareness to alphabetic awareness by helping them link the sound of oral language to specific letters and words. Teachers are given activities in Having fun With Language and Writing What’s Said that encourage children to be actively involved in creating poetry, songs and stories.
  • Book 4, designed for use with grades 3 – 5 based on skills children need to work on in this age range. Consulted research and language standards from school systems and book 4 focuses on the following:
    • Children are:
      • Applying what they know
      • Using problem solving and critical thinking skills
      • Using outside resources to gather information
      •  Synthesizing information
      • Creating their own point of view
  • Accompanying each Story Exploring lesson is a take-home Story Extender for parents to use. Story Extenders provide specific activities to encourage literacy development at home. They use discussion questions and activities to foster creative thinking and problem solving skills, nurture a love of books, and aide in the development of comprehension skills.

Upcoming Training Dates and Times:

  • Online training:
    • TBD