Little story tellers learn to control their behaviour, feelings and desires only when they are engaged in motivational and enjoyable activities – such as play. Of course, all children engage in play at kindergartens, however our approach is different. Children at House of Stories engage in purposeful play that helps them to develop specific skills.
Narrative play (story-telling play) is a rich storehouse of opportunities. It consists of imaginative collective role-playing activity where the children create a common story line together with a specially trained teacher. The story becomes an excellent medium to explore life and its meaning. Unlike regular play, narrative play sets children on their educational journey.
Narrative play is also a social activity involving two or more participants, and which takes place in an imaginary space. It is creative and non-stereotypical, e.g. rescuing rabbits from their house which is on fire. It evolves in time, is challenging and based on a specific plot. It is very important that the heroes at play interpret, improvise and reshape events in their own way. Here, the personal attitude of the child itself is vitally important.
Play such as the above helps to develop general abilities useful in later life – such as creativity, motivation, imagination, self-regulation, grit, desire and controlling emotions. Having mastered the format of stories, children learn to tell stories and to express their thoughts and worldview.