A Reading and Writing Workshop for Kids
Author and school teacher Maria Parenti-Baldey surprised us with a workshop for children on reading and writing. Not only was it informative and gave us adults an insight on how read our stories more effectively with children but it also gave us confidence in our ability to draw!
Maria used the beautiful picture book GLITCH by Michelle Worthington and Andrew Plant as a mentor text.
How to get started:
Pictures books are the first books young children connect with. Get them hooked and they’ll go on to be avid readers. However, depending who they meet along the way will depend how well they travel into the reader-hood. Any type of books which keeps kids reading is a positive step. Drawing is a powerful way of building a child’s self-confidence.
This activity will cover the Australian curriculum areas of English - reading, literature - sentence structure, pace, pitch, alliterations, rhyming, questioning, art - drawing language, maths language, science – study bug characteristics, hand-eye-pencil-co-ordination, developing social and emotion skills, building confidence, resilience and persistence.
A story: In term 1, I had a child who ripped pages out of his book because it was not exactly the same as the drawing on the board. Hence, our motto - ‘All drawings will be different because we are all different’ is repeated often. It’s important to share your drawings, kids will nod and smile making each other feel good about themselves through peer appreciation. If pictures are different versions of the same character, and usually easily recognisable, it’s 10 out of 10.
It took this child until the sixth week to stop tearing and scrunching his attempts at drawing.
Activity and notes by Maria Parenti-Baldey