We do lots of oral storytelling using puppets, felt boards, play dough and acting. This is such an important step for little ones before they begin to attempt writing their ideas down. Just this week we have been studying days of the week in Maths, so to connect this with our Literacy work we read 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. In our group work time the kidlets used stick puppets to retell the little caterpillar's journey. They had lots of great ideas of what he would be thinking and used this to add dialogue to their story. I also heard some funny sound effects as the caterpillar wriggled along and chomped his way through the food. I used a gorgeous felt story set from Keeping Life Creative - Brooke at Teachable Moments blogged about here. I LOVE this set and am so glad I bought it to use with my kidlets. (There's also a 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear' and 'Polar Bear, Polar Bear' set that are equally divine.) Go grab it from TpT!
Here's two examples of where my precious Preppies are with their writing this term: