Let The Children Do It: A Helicopter Story Nativity

Guest Blog: Kathryn Stevens Pre-school Teacher, Watermead Day Nursery, Leicestershire “Do a Nativity,” they said. “The parents will love it,” they said. And so we did. We bought a script and rehearsed for hours and hours, during the months of October, November, and December. The whole process was extremely stressful, and I am still not … Read moreLet The Children Do It: A Helicopter Story Nativity

Magic that is older than the hills:

One of the questions I am asked the most about Helicopter Stories is how can we enhance children’s language acquisition if we are scribing their words verbatim? I have always believed that if children grow up in a language rich environment and regularly engage in conversations that are meaningful to them, then their language will … Read moreMagic that is older than the hills:

Helicopter Stories: A wonderful tool for showing amazing progress

Guest Blog: Bonnie Mendoza Head of EYFS – Ark John Keats Academy Bonnie is one of MakeBelieve Arts Helicopter Stories Champions What do Hulk, Paw Patrol, a Unicorn, Mummy, Black Spiderman, a Gorilla, and Goldilocks have in common? Answer: They are all popular features of children’s Helicopter Stories. However, there is so much evidence that … Read moreHelicopter Stories: A wonderful tool for showing amazing progress

In loving memory…

Vivian Gussin Paley January 25th 1929 – July 26th 2019 Vivian Gussin Paley, world-renowned author, pre-school and kindergarten teacher sadly died on the morning of Friday 26th July 2019. Vivian was 90 years old. She has been my dear friend, mentor and patron to MakeBelieve Arts for the past twenty years. It is to Vivian, … Read moreIn loving memory…

No’s and All’s – the very few rules of Helicopter Stories

There are very few rules for Helicopter Stories. It can be adapted to fit within any early years setting and is suitable for children aged 2 to 7. You can work with the whole group, or small groups, inside or outside, weekly, twice weekly, daily, it is entirely up to you. However, there are a … Read moreNo’s and All’s – the very few rules of Helicopter Stories

A Class of Thirty Authors: Helicopter Stories in Year 1

Guest Blog: Shernice Donovan Year 1 Teacher, Rusthall St Paul’s, Kent Back in June 2018, when I found out I would be teaching Year 1 the following year, I was asked to dedicate every Friday morning to Helicopter Stories. This was a concept I knew very little about, only what I had heard from the … Read moreA Class of Thirty Authors: Helicopter Stories in Year 1

My Monster is Raaah: How Helicopter Stories Supports Children with Delayed Language Development

Ggggggrrrrrh,   Ggggggrrrrrh, Ggggggrrrrrh, Ggggggrrrrrh, Ggggggrrrrrh, Ggggggrrrrrh, Ggggggrrrrrh, Ggggggrrrrrh, He scares the people away. He scares the people in the garden. My monster is Raah. Then he scares my monster away in the house. The story above was dictated to me by Zandra aged 4. Every time Zandra growled, I repeated her sounds exactly as she … Read moreMy Monster is Raaah: How Helicopter Stories Supports Children with Delayed Language Development

Helicopter Stories – Helping Children Make Sense of the World…

Guest Blog: Isla Hill Education Director MakeBelieve Arts Chelsea’s Story* Once there was a little boy called Oscar. He went to the park with Riley. And he went to see Chelsea. And she went home to see Oscar. And Oscar loves Chelsea. Then they all went home to see my dad because he went up … Read moreHelicopter Stories – Helping Children Make Sense of the World…

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