The Helicopter Stories approach transforms classrooms into theatres and puts the magic back into childhood. Written by Trisha Lee, the founder of MakeBelieve Arts , this practical guide explores how stories and fantasy play help young children make sense of the world.
Helicopter Stories is tried, tested and proven to have a significant impact on children’s literacy and communication skills, their confidence and emotional development. Based on the work of Vivian Gussin Paley, this book explores an approach to early childhood education that is gaining international recognition.
Covering all aspects of Helicopter Stories, Trisha Lee explains how to introduce the approach to children for the first time, collect their stories and then bring their ideas to life by acting them out. Full of anecdotes and practical examples, the book covers a wide range of topics from dealing with sensitive issues in children’s stories to encouraging unwilling children to get involved.
“Trisha Lee plays a magical role in classrooms all over the world,” Vivian Gussin Paley writes in the forward. “With only pen, paper and masking tape in hand, she can turn any group of children into an acting company. The children become storytellers, actors, and audience, and their teachers emerge as scribes, narrators and stage managers: the classroom is transformed into the make-believe worlds that children love best.”
Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories will be essential reading for all those who want to support children’s learning in a way that is fun, engaging and proven to work.