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"Literacy Day" • MOE Kindergarten @ West Spring


Overview


As part of our continuous effort to instil a love for reading in a fun way, MOE Kindergarten @ West Spring held a Literacy Day event for the children. The children and staff came dressed in their favourite storybook characters and brought along a storybook to share. The event focused on three language skills namely listening, speaking and reading.

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Through this event, children were given opportunities to:
    • Enjoy a puppet show and show understanding by responding with appropriate gestures. 
    • Share about their thoughts and feelings for their favourite character or part in the story. 
    • Use sound patterns to form words and identify beginning sounds in a fun way. 
    • Read with understanding and for enjoyment.

1. Getting the children excited


To get the children excited, the event started off with a mass celebration where the teachers put up a puppetry performance based on the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. The children were then invited to add in actions and recite the story together.

The children were excited as they watched a puppetry performance by the teachers. Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 3.35.24 PM.png
Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 3.36.00 PM.pngChildren responded to the story by using actions to depict what waddling through a deep cold river would be like.


2. Sharing about their favourite storybook


The children were invited to share about their favourite storybook and the storybook character they were dressed up as. Some children shared why they enjoyed the story while others shared about what they have learnt from the story. This activity gave children opportunities to share their thoughts confidently with their friends.

A boy dressed up as a ‘fire fighter’ shared about his favourite book on fire engines.Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 3.36.32 PM.png
Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 3.36.19 PM.pngA girl dressed up as a ‘ballerina’ shared about how she would like to dance as gracefully as a ballerina.



3. Playing language and literacy games


After the Show-and-Tell, the children also played a variety of language and literacy games. The K1 children had opportunities to sort items according to the letter sounds and move through a sound maze. The K2 children played charades and formed words using the letters in the word ‘MOE KINDERGARTEN’. These games allowed the children to extend their learning in a fun and enjoyable way.
 
K1 children moved through a sound maze, by stepping only on pictures that depict words with the beginning sound /w/. Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 3.36.45 PM.png
Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 3.36.52 PM.pngK2 children formed words using letters found in the word ‘MOE Kindergarten’ 


4. Making their own bookmarks


To give the children an additional motivation to read, parent volunteers were also invited to conduct a bookmark-making session for the children. The parents met the teachers prior to the event and discussed possible ideas for this activity. Through the meeting, the teachers provided guidance to ensure that the activity was engaging, meaningful and appropriate for the children. The parent volunteers were also able to gain a better understanding of how children learn through the discussion and activity.

Children were introduced to the materials by parent volunteers. Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 3.37.00 PM.png
Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 3.37.06 PM.pngChildren were allowed to choose their preferred bookmark design. 
 The bookmarks created were put to use by the children as they read their favourite book. Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 3.37.14 PM.png


 

5. Reading together


Lastly, the children were engaged in a Mass Reading activity where they chose the books they would like to read. Some of the books were borrowed from the National Library Board while others were donated from West Spring Primary School. The children enjoyed reading the books with their friends. 

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Children enjoyed their time to read books together.


6. Conclusion


In a nutshell, the “Literacy Day” allowed children to learn and enjoy using language in a fun way through a rich variety of activities and games. The children also learnt to cooperate, negotiate and problem solve to complete the activities together. 

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Thank you for allowing us to be part of this exciting day, where the children dressed up and had fun! It was a memorable day indeed! - Parent Volunteer

Contributed By: 
Sarinah Salleh (Senior Teacher) and Marian Lee (Centre Head)
MOE Kindergarten @ West Spring