Books to Promote Schema Play in the Early Years
Using picture books as a tool for interaction
“The most supportive thing adults can do to help children learn, even more than selecting high-quality books, is to have conversations with them during reading.”(Strouse, 2018).
Stories can be a wonderful way to develop interactions with children – either as a one-to-one response to their interests or with a small group of like-minded inquirers. Using a story to further explore an idea and provoke discussion and conversation, connects you back to your role as a facilitator as you engage the children through high quality interactions.
We have identified picture books that you can use as a response to each play schema, either as a read aloud or as part of a learning experience. You could also use these in combination with our postcards: Developing vocabulary through schema play as you highlight and introduce new words.
How you can use this booklist in your classroom
- As a shared response to an observed schema with an individual child
- With a small group of children to promote discussion around shared schematic play
- As a provocation, to introduce a new idea related to the observed schema
- In a story basket, for children to explore further with story-related items
- As part of a learning engagement