Today Jennifer, a home-schooling mom of a six-year-old and an eleven-year-old, has shared her experience using our Autumn Stories Story Pockets graphical story starters!
I decided to use the mini binder for our story pockets. Putting the binder together was a breeze and my kids were happy to help cut out the story picture cards. I did have to reduce the pocket labels to 85% to fit the envelopes I had at home. 4 1/8″ x 9 1/2″. This was only because I had these here and didn’t want to make a trip to the local Office Depot. I just cut the length down to fit in the binder. It worked perfectly. I keep the story cut outs tucked neatly inside by using a small paper clip on the top. I printed the cut outs on regular printer paper, but I would recommend printing them on heavier card stock or laminating them. I will definitely be laminating mine, as these will be used several times.
Using the story cut outs to come up with imaginative stories was so much fun! The added adjectives on the labels were a huge help for my 6 year old who struggles a bit finding descriptive words on her own. I let the kids, ages 6 and 11, choose which story pocket they wanted to use. Yes, my 11 year old LOVED these story pockets! He was so happy to be included. They grabbed their pocket out of the binder and dumped their cut outs on the table. I could see my 6 year old’s brain go to work. She was giggling the entire time and wanted to use every single cut out. She wasn’t just going to write a small story. She had every intention of writing her first novel. My 11 year old got right to work writing his. He was lost in his own little world, and even he was giggling as his story progressed. I helped my youngest put her story in order and she got to work writing. I started her off on the primary lines, but they were a bit larger than what she was used to using, so she struggled to make the letters neat. She was getting aggravated, so I switched her to the regular lines, and she did much better. The bigger lines certainly were not a problem, she just preferred not to use them.
Overall, we are extremely satisfied with the Autumn Story Pockets. These are great for younger and middle aged students. It gave my 11 year old a break from his typical bigger writing assignments and just let him relax and have fun. My 6 year old, of course, was one happy little girl. It definitely sparked her creativity. She came up with some amazing stories about bats, ghosts, bus rides to see a pony, and haunted houses. She is even asking to do the story pockets when she starts to get a bit bored. She sits down, without my help, and just writes. Thank you, and I am definitely looking forward to a winter story pocket!
Thanks for sharing with us, Jennifer!
We’ve just released a story pockets set for winter! Featuring snow monsters, snowmen, skates, polar bears, penguins and trolls! Click on the cover image to see it in the shop.