Whaling on with reading
STUDENTS HELP CHILD LITERACY
ENSURING young children fall in love with reading is the goal behind a new program at the University of Notre Dame.
Run alongside the Department for Children Protection and Family Support, the Whale of a Tale recreational reading program gives Notre Dame education students a chance to read to and improve the literacy of children in care.
Notre Dame school of education senior lecturer Glenda Cain said the program gave pre-service teachers an opportunity to spend an hour a week with a child in care, enjoying books and stories.
“The program gives pre-service teachers from their first year of study an opportunity to connect with children and classrooms very early in their university studies,” she said.
“Reading aloud to children is well-recognised as an important way of building many early literacy and language concepts that will set a child up for future success.
“Pre-service teachers take on the role of a ‘real teacher’ very early in their studies and experience the joy of building a relationship with a child as they read together and the child is able to learn early literacy and language concepts in a meaningful and engaging context.”