Reading, set, go!

Our youngest learners in Early Learning are enjoying challenging themselves to read.

Children in Early Learning Gold have been reading non-fiction books to extend their learning in interest areas.

“Children have been making machines and inventions,” Head of School Early Learning Sarah Herbert said. “We added a book about tools and one called How Things Work by David Macaulay and Neil Ardley to the inventors table. 

“Throughout Term 1, the children have been learning about plants and nature. We supported this deep learning project through both fiction and non-fiction texts. The non-fiction photographic book about sunflowers helped create a direct link to the real sunflowers the children were observing.”

Children in Early Learning Red have been reading a fiction story that explores gender identity called My Shadow is Pink by Scott Stuart. 

“The book was a springboard for class discussions about everyone’s unique interests and personalities, and all the different ways to be boys, girls and other genders. They have also been reading books about sea creatures which relates to their in-depth project creating a collaborative song,” Sarah said.

“Research has shown that children whose parents read to them when they are young learn to speak, read and write more easily.

“Reading and storytelling help children learn about sounds, words and language and over time the value and joy of books! Further, reading together in a regular routine, for example at bedtime, is a lovely opportunity to connect together with a special one on one time.”

Australian writer of children’s books and an educationalist specialising in literacy, Mem Fox, advocates reading with children for 10 minutes a day, which roughly equals three books a day.

For more tips about reading with preschoolers click here.

“We hope lots of our Early Learning families will take up the IGS Principal’s Reading Challenge in 2021,” Sarah said.