Reading gives us a direct link to a lifetime of learning. But it is so much stronger when it occurs gently. When children want to read. When children enjoy reading. When children seek out books on their own or with others. Below are a few of the ways we encourage this.
- Books in a range of environments – It’s important for children to see books around the room and not just in a ‘book corner’ or ‘story garden’. At Little Hands, you will also find recipe books in our ‘home corners’, insect books in the garden and lots more!
- Familiar to home books – If children enjoy particular stories at home and see them in nursery, they will be confident to engage with it. They might shout their favourite character or anticipate the next rhyme. These things build confidence and joy related to reading which encourages them to want more of this specific thing.
- A wide range of ability books – Children don’t always want to be challenged by a story, have a complex theme to follow or lots of words to hear/read. Sometimes it is exactly what we need to relax, look at some images and imagine what the story might be. This will encourage imagination and build storytelling abilities.
- Individual and group reading opportunities – Stories will be available in our cozy areas for children to access individually, during quiet moments, with their friends or with an adult. This is intended to create a love of reading for social purposes, for learning and for relaxation.
- Books for information – Staff will encourage children to seek answers to their questions. They will provide ideas to where information might be kept and model using books to find out more. Little Hands provide a range of books which have fiction and non-fiction content. For example, when our preschoolers are fascinated with a rocket launch; they can look to a child’s thesaurus to find out more. This encourages passions to flourish, information seeking to occur and a wealth of sustainable learning to occur.
- Lending libraries – If children have a favourite story at nursery, they might want to take it home. We also love to encourage reading outside of nursery without needing to fill your house. Our lending libraries are the perfect opportunity to explore new stories, share those you no longer read at home and even leave a review of the books (chat to the manager of your branch to find out more!).