Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Story Starter Images (Imagens para incitar o início de uma história)


Please scroll down to read this post in English.


Em português:

Olhamos muitas vezes para imagens em livros, discuti-las antes de ler a história. Minha filha gosta de ouvir-me criar histórias de cima da minha cabeça e tenta criar suas próprias histórias. Decidi procurar um conjunto de imagens sobre a primavera na internet para ajudá-la a criar histórias sobre a atual temporada.

Eu usei Flickr Creative Commons para encontrar imagens que eu poderia usar como entradas a histórias. Eu acho que é um grande recurso para as educadoras que querem usar imagens com crianças para fins educacionais. Se você tiver uma conta, você pode criar uma galeria de imagens no Flickr gostaria e que você deseja usar repetidamente com as crianças.


Você também pode enviar suas próprias imagens e criar grupos dos que você pode usar com as crianças. Eu uso o Picasa Web Albums para carregar imagens tiradas por mim ou minha filha. Nós gostamos de revisitar e refletir sobre imagens que tirou com a nossa câmera de vez em quando.


In English:

We have often looked at pictures in books, discussing them before reading the story. My daughter enjoys listening to me create stories from the top of my head and tries to create her own stories. I decided to search for a set of pictures about spring on the internet to help her create stories about the current season.

The reason I am choosing to use pictures pertaining to spring is because the signs of the season are around us - blossoms on trees, flower buds, and warmer weather in the air!

Children love exploring the outdoors and will generally find a lot to discuss about their experiences playing outside. Using images that relate to their familiar surroundings make it easier to spark more conversation. When you use images that relate to the seasons, children can also begin approaching these discussions with questions pertaining to the changes taking place around them.

Using story starter images will be a way of initiating discussions around familiar images while encouraging the development of language skills (in English) and "writing" skills. (My daughter is now 5 years old and has begun to attempt writing out words in English)

We will be using these images to discuss in detail what we see; to ask ourselves what the images conjure in our heads; what the surroundings might look like. Who might be there? What might be happening?

We also will be learning new vocabulary, particularly adjectives.  I will be using repetition of new words throughout the discussion and posing questions about the picture. It is important to use visual aids when children are learning a new language. Familiarizing children with question words and phrases (e.g. "What is it?") help them gradually become more comfortable with attempting to answer the questions.

I will then be writing new words on paper to discuss some of the sounds in the words.

ICT Note:

I used Flickr Creative Commons to find images that I could use as story starter prompts. I think it is a great resource for educators who want to use images with children for educational purposes. If you have an account, you can create a gallery of images you like in Flickr and that you wish to use repeatedly with children.

You could also upload your own images and create sets of them which you could use with children. I use Picasa web albums to upload images taken by me or my daughter. We enjoy revisiting and reflecting upon images we've taken with our camera from time to time.