The ‘We Love Stories’ literacy program is a joint project between North East Healthy Communities and Banyule Community Health. The program is being delivered in early years settings in the Banyule community.
‘We Love Stories’ uses book-making and social media to create and celebrate the ‘magical moments’ between adults and children where pre-literacy skills are learnt and established.
Project Manager Nina Kelabora says that the importance of encouraging ‘magical moments’ cannot be underestimated.
“By sharing stories with children from the day they are born, they learn to talk. Getting kids talking well is the best way to get them ready to read. Then, if kids read well it sets them up to do well at school, at work, and in relationships, to have good health and a great life.”
One of the highlights of the project has been the creation of a community book by the children in playgroups and at the Malahang Festival. The process of producing the book stimulated both joy and a sense of creative ownership in the children and their parents and/or carers. These experiences will help lay the foundation for continued reading, sharing of books and a love of stories.
If you know a playgroup or other pre-school aged group that is interested in collaborating with We Love Stories, please contact Nina.
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North East Healthy Communities acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land we work on. We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present and acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first people of this nation.