Swift read for MLC stu­dents

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

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.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d473088

Glenn Swift read­ing to Year 1 and 2 stu­dents at MLC for Chil­dren’s Book Week.

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