Ruahine Kindergartens

Raising literacy levels with books in hands, homes and hearts.

Roslyn Kindergarten

20/Aug/2015

Roslyn Kindergarten are running a Scholastic 'Books in Hands - Books in Homes - Books in Hearts' Book Fair from 31 August - 4 September 2015. The purpose of the book fair is to encourage literacy in homes, fundraise for new books for the kindergarten and to get young children really excited about reading.

Evidence shows that children who are read to at home have a higher success rate at school. Roslyn Kindergarten hopes the book fair will raise enough money for each child to take their own book home each term, equating to four books a year. “Book ownership provides equal opportunities and boosts literacy levels,” says Head Teacher, Tessa Kirner. “It also enables families and whānau to be a part of their child’s learning.”

The book fair will open with a special ceremony at the Roslyn Kindergarten on Monday 31 August 2pm-3pm. The children are also inviting special people, such as their grandparents, to see their kindergarten and enjoy reading with them at a morning tea on Wednesday 2 September from 10am.

In addition to inviting whānau, a public afternoon will be held on Wednesday from 3.30 - 5.30pm where the local community can purchase Scholastic books at discounted prices. There is also a Give A Little page where donations will assist with the purchasing of books for the children and kindergarten.

Books assist with identifying associated letters or words, encourage expressive language and encompass visual symbols and pictures. At kindergarten, Te Whāriki goals approach literacy development through experience and environmental opportunities. This is reflected in the teaching programmes, starting with foundation skills, including planned literacy activities and spontaneous interactions.

Engaging with language at any level sets a foundation for further literacy acquisition. At home, children’s development can happen in a number of ways - one of the most enjoyable ways is through reading together. As children listen to stories and turn the pages of a book, they can verbalise their thoughts and feelings, retell the story in their own way and describe what they see in the pictures.

Roslyn Kindergarten’s book fair concludes with closing ceremony on Friday 4 September at 9am, where teachers hope to present each child with their own book to take home.