National Simultaneous Storytime

Kindergarten and Year 1 IGS students participated in the annual National Simultaneous Storytime.

The book Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove was chosen as this year’s book.

National Simultaneous Storytime is held each year by the Australian Library and Information Association.

The chosen book is read in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, homes and bookshops from across Australia.

Librarian Karen McBride said each class completed a different activity following the reading of the story.

Students had the chance to make a maraca and a stuffed alpaca.

Kindergarten Teacher Alex said her class enjoyed watching a small video about owning real Alpacas as pets.

“Students were intrigued by the fact that Alpacas would sometimes spit,” she said.

“Students also created a drawing of their favourite alpaca from the story.”

Year 1 Teacher Danielle said the kids loved this year’s story.

“The children loved reading Alpaca’s with Maracas. In One Blue, students were provided with a choice of activities designed to support engagement with the text,” she said.

“They used their creative skills to make music using home-made maracas, imagine and write about what they would do if they were an alpaca, and paint a mythical magic alpaca.

“One Blue loved this story and everyone was extremely engaged in responding to the text using their personal strengths and preferences.”