Children do their best to learn through playing

Seventy young children and their parents and guardians have attended a six-week pilot programme designed to provide a reading experience for children and their caregivers together that encourages “play with purpose”.

Now the programme is looking to expand with further sessions.

Titled “Play, Read, Learn!” and established by the Cayman Islands Ministry of Education, Training and Employment and the Cayman Islands Public Library Service, the library-based initiative focused on children between the ages of 3 and 5 by incorporating five basic practices that support learning to read – talking, singing, reading, writing and playing.

Launched in May, the pilot programme ran for six weeks and was attended by 70 children and their parents and caregivers. The pilot programme’s success has brought about the continuation of “Play, Read, Learn!” for the 2012/2013 school year.

“Play, Read, Learn!” will run from September 2012 through June 2013, with the first programme having taken place on 19 September at the George Town Public Library and 20 September at the Emily (Teacher) Redley Powery Memorial Public Library and Learning Centre in West Bay, respectively. The yearly schedule, which includes the monthly themes and the book titles for each programme, are available for pick up at both the George Town Public Library and at the Teacher Redley Powery Library.

“Play, Read, Learn!” is a programme designed by the Public Library Service, along with the Early Childhood Care and Education Unit.

The programmes will run from 10.30 to 11.30am in each location. The classes at the George Town Public Library will be held on Wednesdays from 19 September, 2012, to 26 June, 2013. The classes at the Teacher Redley Powery Public Library in West Bay will be held on Thursdays from 20 September, 2012, to 27 June, 2013. All children must be accompanied by an adult who also participates in the programme.

These are fluid programmes, so parents/caregivers do not have to commit to attend all programmes. Groups wishing to attend “Play, Read, Learn!” are asked to call ahead.

For more information on the “Play, Read, Learn!” programme please contact Andrea Taffe, library assistant at the George Town Public Library at 949-5159.

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