Story Telling in the library is back…and so is someone very special…


“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”

Jim Trelease


(Jim Trelease was for 20 years an award-winning artist and journalist before turning his career toward education in 1979 when he wrote the first edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook.)


We know that listening to stories, poetry and music has many benefits for developing Literacy skills– Reading aloud builds vocabulary, increases attention spans, reveals the rhythm and melody of language, creates new learning opportunities and initiates potential discussions as a spring board for deeper thinking. It can also connect us with the real world or even an imaginary one! IT IS ALSO A LOT OF FUN.


So, we have some wonderful news to share with you at Middle-School Highton. Ms Heather Faulkner, recently retired from our campus, after many years of service, has come back to us and has offered to read to our students in the library.


Last Friday during lunch time, both students and teachers were entertained by Heather’s animated and skilful storytelling. We welcome Heather back and look forward to her sharing her talents with us, whilst at the same time, reaping the benefits of oral reading.


Next week we invite Mr Stephen Cody to showcase his unique story telling techniques, we look forward to this with great anticipation!


Ms Jaki Groves 

Classroom Teacher


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