At our brand new Wiggles and Squiggles session we bring stories to life with smells, sounds, textures and toys gathered from The Great Outdoors! The idea for the group is to encourage a love of books and literature from a young age, introducing new stories and presenting them in a way that invites a little bit of the wild inside! It's an exciting sensory experience for children offerering the opportunity to fully engage in the tale they are told! An eclectic mix of adventure, fireside folk tales and creative story crafting - this session employs an experiential approach to excite, inspire and breathe real life into learning!
Every one of our imaginative and invigorating activities incorporates the immediate environment; using strong sensory stimuli to spice up each task! Our aim is to provide carers with lots of ideas to take away and repeat with their little ones.
What can you expect to witness in the workshop?
...an exciting variety of interactive and experiential tasks that introduce the concept of reading and writing and develop the children's understanding of language and literature. Some examples are provided below...
Establishing a storytelling community and a sense of mutual support through the sharing of weird and wild stories around our little (fake) fire!
Creating crafty, arty pieces that link with our story characters and are built of materials fresh from the outdoors!
Exploding vocabulary through the use of the senses. Little ones are encouraged to test out a range of words that crop up in the stories we read - we do this through practical interaction and sensory exploration of objects/creatures/smells etc in the world set up/surrounding them. Ideas about characters and adventures for our collaborative story are gathered at this stage from grown ups and children alike!
Experimenting with animal sounds and creating our very own woodland soundscape, then linking these crazy noises to phonic sounds in our own language!
Encouraging pupils to develop their collaborative story by discovering real life events taking place within the environment around them. Students are encouraged to carry out explorations in novel and creative ways such as leopard crawling around the space with a magnifying glass to observe their chosen animal!
Expressing thoughts, feelings and emotions through stories. This is where we get dramatic. Our Wild of the Word way is to observe creatures living in the immediate environment and dramatise this new knowledge. Once we've explored potential thoughts/feelings experienced by these creatures, we transfer it to our story! Our story stones help us to put all this together and little ones love doing our lucky dip and selecting a stone from the bag!
Benefits to children:
The air is a great deal fresher outside and if the workshop takes place indoors (for example a cafe space) then we simply bring the wild in with us!
Introduces language and literacy skills at an early stage in an exciting and refreshing way
Introduces drama and prose - kindling an interest in literature and developing their skill in this area
Challenges children to stretch their imagination to explore different possibilities
Enriches children towards a more creative mind set
Improves confidence as they take part in exciting exercises and share new experiences with other children
Being a parent myself, I know how important it is to keep costs down while still making sure our little ones have exciting and inspiring experiences. For this reason, our one hour workshops cost £6 per child, with siblings over 2yrs receiving a 50% discount. Siblings under 2yrs are free. Experience has shown us that children get the best experience when groups are no bigger than ten (grown ups not included) and so booking is essential.
Please do call us on 07743815942, or pop us a message at www.facebook.com/thewildofthewords/
We'd love to hear from you!
A little more about our founder...
Hi! I'm Pridie and I established The Wild of the the Words earlier this year. I'm the proud owner of two energetic young children, one crazy dog, far too many books, an inordinate amount of outdoor adventure gear, a mad inventor husband and a little blue VW camper van.
So, as you can imagine - our world gets quite wild before we've even had breakfast:)
I've taught English for over fourteen years now and the one absolute and unshakeable truth that those years in education have taught me is that kids excel through engagement; if you can fire up their imagination then they'll fly in your subject. For me, this has always meant stepping away from traditional teaching strategies and embracing alternative learning environments - my favourite being the weirder, wild-er world that begins just beyond the window. My firm belief in the superiority of experiential learning over learning confined to the classroom, has led me to continually seek and develop methods of teaching that rekindle curiousity and creativity in students; boosting their confidence in the subject and sharpening their skills without them even realising - because they're having too much fun!
I studied English Literature and Philosophy at university - a truly crazy combination but one that certainly inspired me to explore the world in the way I do now! Following this, I trained to become a secondary school teacher and now have fourteen years classroom experience teaching English Language and English Literature to Key Stage 3, 4 (GCSE) and 5 (A Level). While teaching I had the opportunity to take on some really interesting and rewarding roles including Head of Subject and Head of Year. I'm fascinated by the process of teaching and learning and really enjoy coaching and consulting with both colleagues and professionals outside the educational establishment in innovative and effective strategies. I'm also very interested in the development of education internationally and my work in Uganda over the last twelve years continues to provide me with incredibly humbling and constantly rewarding experiences. As well as classroom teaching, I also privately tutor students across the key stages, deliver outdoor adventurous training (which keeps the mountain monster in me satisfied) and enjoy volunteering for NGOs wherever possible!