I love the Storytelling Sets and Participation Stories that Mother Goose Time includes in their curriculum. My son doesn't think they are as awesome as I would have as a child, but he does enjoy playing with them.
This month, our Participation Story was The Three Little Pigs. I cut out the pigs, their houses, a fireplace, and the animals. Then I just had to read the story.
Okay, I lied. I didn't really read the story. When we do fairy tales and fables I always go with the old-school endings. Little Pigs get eaten, Goldilocks suffers the same fate. In my opinion the point of these stories is lost when everyone lives happily ever after, so I tell the gritty tales the way they were originally written.
But, as usual, I digress. Little Guy liked the story and had me tell it to him twice (the kid likes repetition), and had fun playing with the pieces.
At the end he was supposed to tell me the story himself, which he kind of failed at. That didn't stop him from asking for the story sheet so he could "read" it. I think the retelling of the story is an important part of the learning process, as it shows their level of listening comprehension, which eventually turns to reading comprehension. Reading and reading comprehension are so important for learning. If you can read well, you can learn ANYTHING! Participation stories help build this important skill, and are just one of the many, many ways that Mother Goose Time teaches kids important skills!
*Little Guy and I receive Mother Goose Time FREE in exchange for sharing our experiences! All opinions are my own!*