Children learn benefits of newspapers

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The next generation of Oamaru Mail readers are already enjoying their local community newspaper.

Little Wonders Early Learning Centre have been keeping up with the local and international news and sent in this picture of the children recently perusing the daily news.

Each day, children have the opportunity to ‘read’ the Oamaru Mail alongside their teacher. Children choose which news story interests them, which is usually based on an eye-catching photograph.

Their teacher reads the words accompanying the photograph to the children, and sometimes paraphrases the content.

A teacher said this often leads to interesting discussions among the children about happenings in their wider world.

“The fantastic thing about this project is that it has been child driven, and that children are able to revisit their favourite news stories throughout the day at our little ‘news station’.”

Children also become involved in picking out and saying the names of individual letters from the bold font headlines. (This is usually the letter their own name begins with!)

The teacher said including newspaper reading in the curriculum has supported the young childrens’ language and inquiry skills.

“They are also able to become more informed about their local community in a way that is fun and has meaning for them.”