Swift read for MLC students
PROFESSIONAL storyteller Glenn Swift added another dimension to Children’s Book Week, enthralling students at Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC) with his passion and energy during a visit last Wednesday.
Mr Swift, who has entertained adults and children with his enthusiastic performances since 1988, was invited to MLC to read to years 1 to 5 students.
MLC teacher-librarian Deb Bourke said Mr Swift’s method was very engaging.
“You can tell students facts but they learn better through story,” she said.
“(Mr Swift’s) trick is that he engages students so they are part of the storytelling.
“He uses song, actions and his voice to engage.”
Despite the increase in digital technology, Ms Bourke said printed books remained popular among children.
“We have e-books and printed books and the printed versions are by far and away more popular,” she said.
“I think it’s about getting away from a screen, the limits (students have) on screen time and the kudos of actually being seen with books.
“They are extremely popular.”
Glenn Swift reading to Year 1 and 2 students at MLC for Children’s Book Week.