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Talk over summer

The top take away ideas from the November network meeting were about finding ways to promote talking and reading over summer.

David Tucker from Pt. Chevalier Library shared the idea of an empty box to prompt storytelling and drawing. It is an interactive way to tell a story, by drawing characters and events in the sides of the box. It can be used as a prompt to re-tell the story afterwards.

Linda Biddle from the Bream Bay Learning Initiative and the Storytime foundation had examples of how to take literacy into authentic community contexts. Her experience is that growing community leadership is like encouraging people to move from the back seat of a car to the driver's seat.

Professor Jan Gaffney outlined the integration of talking, reading and writing as part of the communication process, and that making marks, scribbling and drawing are forms of early writing. Jan Gaffey's handout on writing is here