Planting the seeds of literacy at Kerrydale Elementary
Posted on 04/03/2018
Picture of preschool students at Kerrydale Elementary School sitting on floor with parents

The popular pre-kindergarten (pre-K) story hour at Kerrydale Elementary School provided a spring surprise for parents and their children recently. Twenty students, including Kerrydale Elementary’s preschool classroom and the students’ pre-K siblings, took home small cups filled with rich, dark potting soil and small seeds of marigolds and zinnias they had planted. The children were inspired to plant seeds after hearing the story, “The Tiny Seed,” which Anna Houseworth, administrative intern, had read to them. The book is by children’s author, Eric Carle, and recounts how a seed can survive and overcome hardship.

Combining a hands-on activity and story-telling is one example of how to make reading to a young child fun and memorable; both are the foundation of the monthly program at Kerrydale Elementary. Houseworth initiated the story hour to provide early literacy opportunities to community children and promote the love of learning.

"The Pre-K story hour is one of the best parts of my day,” said Houseworth. “I get to foster a love of reading and learning in future Kerrydale students and build positive relationships between the community and school.”

Each story hour includes reading a picture book to the children, teaching them a song, participating in an activity connected with the story, and enjoying a snack—activities that enable children to practice their listening skills, learn a song, and practice social skills like sharing or having discussions with other children. Parents are given the song lyrics to sing at home to reinforce rhyming skills.

Kerrydale Elementary School preschool students are getting the best start, right from the start, in the enriched, nurturing environment of story hour.