Bringing words to life
St. Boniface Nursery is making sure that by the end of Education Month it has achieved a number of objectives associated with reading.
Acting Senior Teacher, Clytie Vaughan said they had themed this week, Reading Week, with the intention of building the reading skills of the children from early and encouraging them to take up more books.
She said with the aid of their resident dramatist, teacher Lydia Husbands-Browne, they had employed a number of puppet shows for story time, where they dramatised certain favourite children’s stories.
“I also teach the children about book handling skills, where we focus on identifying book covers, handling books with clean hands, proper posture while reading and the correct way to turn pages of a book.
“All these things are important to teaching children to read. Then when we finished with reading time and story telling, the children go back to their classes and are encouraged to make drawings of the stories that have been read,” Vaughan explained.
She said so far this week, they had storyteller Deanne Kennedy in to tell Anansi and other stories to the children, which were greatly enjoyed. After story time, the students spent considerable time playing with some of the characters Kennedy had brought with her to help illustrate her stories.
Additionally, Vaughan said they were expecting presentations from both the Library Service and the Community Development Foundation later in the month.
Principal Valerian Millar said they had seen vast improvements in the children’s reading skills as well as their handling of books already this month.
“It is all part of our Education Month celebrations, and with nursery and early childhood education, we want to do developmentally appropriate practices. So story telling, rhymes, singing, puppetry and all of those are part of the development of young children, and therefore these activities would be appropriate for this age group,” she said.
“It is all very important, which is why we want to incorporate all of these activities. For the entire month we had children bringing in books to donate to the school and others coming in to read to the children,” said the principal.
She showered praise especially on her crop of teachers for the 51 students on roll, noting that they had been especially supportive and were always willing to chip in and do whatever they could to help improve the learning experience of the children. (LB)