Easter story time
With Easter almost here, chocolate eggs are on the minds of many children. Our educators have been using books and stories to connect the children’s keen interest in everything Easter to learning and development experiences.
At SDN, books have a special place in our educational program, we use them to connect with the children. We recognise the importance of regular ‘story-time’ sessions with children and the many benefits this creates. Here are a few:
- Stories help develop a child’s vocabulary and literacy skills
- Stories help develop a child’s sense of imagination and understanding of the world.
- Stories help build a child’s social skills and communication skills
Once they have been read, they inspire new interests and new learning.
Centre Director at SDN Hurstville, Amanda Santos has been connecting with children at home through technology for ‘story time’. Many children in Amanda’s centre, have English as a second language. So books are also supporting them to build a connection with the child. The pictures are often the key to exploring the book.
Here’s an Easter story children can watch at home.
Amanda shares her online reading of the Easter story ‘We’re going on an egg hunt’.
“This book uses mathematical language – under, over, big and small. Great for extending children’s understanding of mathematical concepts.” says Amanda.
(‘We're Going on an Egg Hunt’, Story by Laine Mitchell & Louis Shea Publisher: Scholastic Australia)
As a follow up to the video, these are some things you could do with your child
- Extend your child’s understanding of mathematical concepts like over, under and through by making a cubby house or an obstacle course.
- Create a hunt and take turns in finding and hiding toys with your child.
When at home with her own child Amanda often pauses on the final page and explores what each animal is doing with their egg.
Amanda also shares some tips, when reading books with your child at home
- Talk about the images and allow them to explore what they see.
- Stop and have a look at the pictures and talk about images and characters in the story.
- Inspire curiosity, ask open questions, for example, “I wonder why the goat ate their way through the maze?”