Published on November 1, 2018

The HVGS Early Learning Centre is a super-charged, literacy-rich environment where we hope that children’s earliest experiences with books and stories will foster a life-long love of literacy.

Reading is an exciting activity for young children, so the recent excursion to the East Maitland Library, for a special Book Week story-time session, was very entertaining.

ELC Students at local library

The thrill that children experience from being read a story by an eager and enthusiastic adult is really valuable. The library visit also was a fitting extension of our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program unit of inquiry, in which we explored the central idea that stories have a purpose and can be presented in a variety of ways.

Through these early and memorable experiences, students in the ELC are developing essential literacy skills and are beginning to understand fundamental literacy concepts and processes as they listen and respond to sounds and patterns in speech, recognise letter and sound relationships, rhyme, formulate questions and share thoughts and ideas. This enjoyable and focused attention on literacy ensures that our students are Kindergarten ready.