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Learn, Play, Read

Published 22nd May 2012, 9:0am

Children learn through play! On 23 May 2012, the Ministry of Education, Training and Employment and the Cayman Islands Public Library Service will launch “Play, Read, Learn!”, a library-based initiative which focuses on children between the ages of three and five years and their parents/caregivers. "Play, Read, Learn!" is a programme designed by the Public Library Service along with the Early Childhood Care and Education Unit within the Ministry. This series aims to provide a reading experience for children and their caregivers together that encourages “play with purpose". The series will focus on a structured story time programme that incorporates five basic practices that support learning to read: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. Each week programme participants will listen to stories, sing songs, and create a craft based on the programme theme. The modules will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 AM weekly in each location. The classes at George Town Public Library will be held every Wednesday from 23 May to 27 June, and the classes at the Emily (Teacher) Redley Powery Memorial Public Library & Learning Centre in West Bay will be held every Thursday from 24 May to 28 June. All attendees must be accompanied by an adult who participates in the programme with the attendee. Spaces will be limited to 15 children along with their parent/caregiver so interested parents are encouraged to contact the libraries to sign up for the programme. For more information on the “Play, Read, Learn! Programme” please contact Juliet Lawson, Youth/Reference Services Librarian, at the George Town Public Library at 345-949-5159, or Dothlyn McFarlane, Community Librarian, at Emily (Teacher) Redley Powery Memorial Public Library at 345-949-7659. (GIS)