Story Sacks

Ref: C2420761

Story Sacks is a five week course. In each 2.5 hour session we will create characters and props to illustrate your child's favourite story and bring them to life. We will also explore ways of encouraging a love of reading and books. Each parent will leave the course with their own Story Sack and with a range of tips on how to help develop their child's literacy skills.

Course aim

Story Sacks is a creative course helping parents use storybooks and their characters to promote their child's learning through language and communication.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for people with little spoken English
  • The course is for anyone who is interested in learning how to develop their child's reading skills from a young age.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • You will learn the benefits of using Story Sacks and how to use them with children in order to develop their language and communication skills.
  • You will learn how to make a Story Sack including props, and flashcards and learn how these can be used for different age groups of children. You will also understand the role of books in developing children's early literacy skills.
  • You will learn how to relate to different characters from the book to develop an individual child's understanding of the world around them.
  • To be able to identify how to make suitable games for appropriate ages e.g children under two and for those two years+. You gain an understanding of how this can support children's literacy development at each group.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Nothing else is needed but you can come with any storybook that interests you or that you and your child are quite familiar too. The tutor will provide sources of additional information where necessary.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • You will be encouraged to visit your local library with your child, which will allow you to be familiar with the environment of books in which you can also learn how to borrow the appropriate book for your child.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You can progress to another course with WEA organization under this Family Learning Course.

Download full course information sheet

Story Sacks

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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