St Alban’s Primary School held a character day at their St James institution to encourage children to embrace literacy and read widely.
The initiative, which was started by Early Childhood Coordinator Carolyn Jackman-Walters was held at the end of October for Literacy Month.
“The idea is to expose the children to the joy of reading and make reading more enjoyable for them. It is more like bringing what they read in their storybooks to life,” Jackman-Walters said, adding that the children did more than dramatize the characters.
“So not only do we have the dramatization in the classroom. We want them to role play those characters and it makes reading a bit more fun for them,” she said, adding that they managed to achieve a well-received costume day due to the overwhelming support from parents.
“As you can see, they are [fully decked out] in costume. Some of the parents bought [or] made costumes for them. The parents were actively involved,” Jackman- Walters said.
Her colleague, Infants A teacher Bernadeen Perkins-Reed said the teachers wanted to make learning fun and show students that reading is a part of their day-to-day lives.
“We have been trying to make learning a holistic experience and we want children to come to school and realize in everything they do, they learn,” Perkins-Reid said, adding that they have been able to show children that they need to read outside of the classroom, for example, with bus stop signs and recipes.
The students were dressed as popular characters including Batman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman and princesses. (LG)