Read­ing out loud makes time stand still


Read­ing stopped clocks at 8255 lo­ca­tions in New Zealand and Aus­tralia last week, with one lucky Pi­ako school par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ini­tia­tive to get kids read­ing out loud.

Chil­dren of Tat­u­anui School were de­lighted to be one of the many schools, li­braries, early child­hood cen­tres, book­shops and fam­ily homes who took part in the Trans-Tas­man event, Na­tional Si­mul­ta­ne­ous Sto­ry­time 2018 (NSS) on Wed­nes­day May 23.

Over 85,000 par­tic­i­pants, in 8255 lo­ca­tions through­out New Zealand and Aus­tralia made a grand to­tal 1,062,230 peo­ple si­mul­ta­ne­ously read­ing be­tween the two na­tions.

Each year a book is se­lected to be the NSS ti­tle and Tony Wil­son’s story Hick­ory Dick­ory Dash was the book of choice for 2018.

Scholas­tic Waikato-Bay of Plenty Territory Man­ager Sandie Had­dock said she thor­oughly en­joyed the op­por­tu­nity to read aloud to over 100 stu­dents and staff at Tat­u­anui School.

Sandie is also the Waikato Lit­er­acy As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent and re­in­forces the im­por­tance of spend­ing time to read aloud to chil­dren.

It is such a spe­cial time to con­nect, she said.

‘‘Chil­dren are born read­ers in the laps of loved ones and be­ing im­mersed in lit­er­a­ture.’’

As a past teacher, it was one of her most en­joy­able times - shar­ing the love of read­ing through the class novel or pic­ture books.

This is the first time New Zealand has been in­volved with this event which is now in its 18th year.

Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants re­ceived dig­i­tal copies of the book so it could be pre­sented to larger au­di­ences on big screens.


Tat­u­anui School’s Ruru stu­dents and Scholas­tic’s Sandie Had­dock.

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