‘StoryBoards’ is a simple and fun game resource to help children with language and communication difficulties develop their narrative skills. Using game boards and colourfully-illustrated picture cards, StoryBoards helps children to visualise and practise telling a story through identifying the essential elements, how these should be sequenced and providing a basic vocabulary. There are 6 story elements colour coded for ease of identification: Location; Time; Transport; Object; Feelings; and Weather. By picking story cards from the different sets, stories can be silly or sensible and children can either stick with their choices or negotiate for a change, which encourages discussion and reasoning.
For example, if a child is going to the zoo, would they travel there in a submarine? Hugely flexible, other activities include: Throwing a story; Lotto; Vocabulary ladders; and Asking questions. StoryBoards can also be used for news time; preparation for visits or holidays; and narrative development. A structured and accessible resource, StoryBoards is ideal for use with individuals or groups by teachers, speech language therapists and teaching assistants working with young children. It can be easily incorporated into classroom activities and relates directly to the English National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2.