You Don’t Always Need A Book To Tell A Story

Lots of schools and nurseries using ‘chatta’  in early years classrooms and settings use the approach to share a story each week with parents and carers.

The story could be linked to a traditional tale, exciting events taking place, the weather or perhaps a visit or a visitor. The resource created with the ‘chatta’ app is shared with parents/carers who are then able to tell the same story to their children using the same context and the same images and story content. The chatta app allows stories to be quickly created and shared.

The parents’ job is to listen to the story, retell it to their child  and encourage their child to tell the story back to them. It is surprising how powerful this is.


Very soon children are building strong storytelling skills, powerful choices of words and phrases and a strong sense of narrative sequencing.

The most exciting thing is that with ‘chatta’ there is no limit to the range of stories which can be told and shared, and parents can easily make their own ‘chatta’ stories using the ‘chatta’ app.

The Gingerbread Man


Children using the ‘chatta’ approach don’t need notes, cue cards or picture prompts to tell stories. Repeated practice in both speaking and listening along with clear visual models helps build vocabulary, memory and communication skills. With chatta, children are quickly thinking and speaking and writing in sentences.

The approach is effective for all ages and all subjects and content could range from Goldilocks and the Three Bears, to a description of a superhero or a recount of a visit to the park.

Stoires exist in every subject and at every level.

Of course stories from books are essential for children of all ages, and what chatta adds is a quick and simple way to give our children more opportunities to listen to and tell their own stories.