LongLongAgo, Chennai has launched a series of Interactive Reading Sessions called “Read & Shine”along with Supraja of ‘The Winners’.
When you hand over a group of bubbly kids with boundless energy, to a trainer- equally energetic and full of passion, the chemistry between them works like a charm.
That’s what has been happening at Read & Shine for the past 4 weeks. Kids who attend one session of Read & Shine want to come back for more sessions.
Before going to the details of the series, let me first tell you about the motivation behind such reading sessions. LongLongAgo, as a library provides wonderful collection of books. Now the challenge was how to make the kids interested in books, how to get them into voluntary reading habit. Many parents were complaining that kids are not reading, they are more interested to watch TV/ play games in computer !!
Reading is a skill that has to be nurtured and developed like any other fine and gross motor skills, right from childhood.
To achieve this, the child must ENJOY reading; he/she must ABSORB and RELISH the book. Once the child picks up the reading habit there’s nothing like it. This will be the best gift you can pass on to your child. Many surveys have been conducted on the reading habits of school children and it has been found that there is a direct correlation between a student’s reading habit and his school performance.
So we approached Supraja, founder of “The Winners”. She handles enrichment programs for small kids & who appreciates the importance of developing Reading as a habit. Thus our collaboration “Read & Shine” was born. “Read with LongLong Ago and Shine as a Winner”.
Now getting into the nitty-gritty of the sessions, Read & Shine series was launched on 31st March, 2012 with an enthusiastic bunch of 26 kids. A variety of story books covering folktales, real-life, comical, magical & informative books about animals, environment etc. were read-aloud to children in a lively way.
- First session started with story books with books like “Storm in the garden, May I Bring a Friend” and a lot of action. This was the ice-breaker and the kids instantly bonded with Supraja aunty.
- Second session on April 7th, was “Informative Reading” on Penguins. A penguin puppet amused the kids, and the kids seemed to know a lot about penguins. Next there was a small ‘penguin race’ where the children had to waddle like a penguin. Then for the lighter reading party the kids read “Samira’s Lunch” along with Supraja. Reading was made fun with voice modulation, lot of actions and interactions. Choral reading encouraged children to work as a team and read aloud.
- Third Session was about magical powers & the good ways to use those powers through books like “The Magic Paint Brush” &”Funny Bunny’s Magic Tricks”. They were also thrilled to learn a magic trick from Supraja Aunty.
- Fourth Session was about “Discover Our Earth”, where the session started with kids and Supraja “Spinning like Earth”. As the spinning gained momentum, kids gained a lot of information about planet earth, and it’s natural wonders. …on the lighter side it was again something round & nice to eat … “Silly Story of Bondapali”.
So far we saw how the kids ENJOYed the sessions, now how is child going to ABSORB and RELISH the book?
This is achieved by “Bookipedia”, where the kids do interesting activities based on the books covered on that day. They ABSORBed the content of the book and reinforced the knowledge through this activity. By doing so he is RELISHing his reading experience and also preserving the knowledge gained.
I could see that after each day’s session the kids’ perception of reading a book was changing. Now to keep up their reading spirit at home, LongLongAgo decided to give them a book for each session. When they came out of the class, the kids were overjoyed to receive some interesting books from us. Some of them even wanted to sign themselves for the book and agreed to be responsible for their book. Next week when they came back, asking for a new book.I could hear one of the parents telling that her child asking for “Bookie Time”!! And little Jayesh, who went inside the class crying for his mummy, the first thing he told his mom when he came out was “ I want to read a book ”!! His parents were flabbergasted!!
You can view the photos of our little Readers in Action.
In the upcoming session we will be taking up books about Inventors, Mythology, Marine Animals, Trickster stories, Tell Me Why etc.
Registrations are open for May. Please contact Chitra (95661-93957) for seat availability and registration.