Dinner at Dinosaurland: Invention, Dialogue, & Solidarity in the Early Childhood Classroom

Keywords: early childhood, storytelling, story circles, language development


This Ideas from Practice piece highlights a storytelling practice called story circles as a routine classroom practice with the potential to catalyze shared ideas in the classroom by spurring invention, dialogue, and invention. Examining the slow-growing unfolding of stories about the invented world of Dinosaurland, we illuminate the potential of the language of story as a way for children to sustain and develop ideas through sharing imagined worlds.


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