Waikato Literacy Association - End of Term 1, 2021

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Message from our President

Hopefully you managed to enjoy a few Easter eggs or perhaps found a quiet place to bury your head in a good book (in my case a bit of Dr Suess- one of my niece's favourite authors).

Our Literacy Through Play event went smoothly last month and we are now looking ahead towards our student event Libraries Alive in June.

Give some thought going to this year's National Literacy Conference in Napier later in the year. We are currently seeking applicants for the Marie Clay Awards (see information below) as the closing deadline approaches.

Have a great break!

Todd Burton

Literacy Through Play Event, March 2021

The latest seminar Teaching Literacy in a Play Based Classroom at Te Ao Marama School with Linda Cheer, from Longworth Education, encouraged us to think about how we can bring more fantasy and magic to our classrooms to enhance literacy and play.

Linda offered many practical ideas to incorporate oral language, reading, and writing into play, including pirate treasure boxes, fairy doors, recipes for potions, and receiving and sending letters to imagined worlds. She suggested bringing literacy tools to children’s play, like whiteboards, signs and clipboards, which will inspire children to use these as they play.

She also spoke of the importance of teacher involvement in play and how by observing and joining in the play we can fill the gaps in oral language, teach social skills, help with reading and writing and see the child as a whole. We can work with them to add on to what they already know, celebrate the process rather than the product, and cater to their urges and interests.

Thanks Linda for an exciting seminar with loads of ideas to support and engage our tamariki in rich, authentic learning.

Phillippa Ramsay

Literacy Through Play in Action at Matangi School

Thank you for a wonderful and inspiring event. I felt challenged/encouraged to ‘bring literacy into the play’.

Today, while my students were playing in the sandpit, using their imagination to ‘plant seeds’ (rocks) in their garden, they wanted to protect it from other children playing with water in the sandpit. I suggested that they write a sign. So we did!

(Heather Downing, Teacher, Matangi School)

2021 Events Calendar

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Now is a great time to become a member of the Waikato Literacy Association!

Below is the form to complete to get your membership underway!
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Marie Clay Early Careers Teacher’s Conference Award

Here's an opportunity you won't want to miss!

- Have you taught for less than 6 years?

- Are available to go to Havelock North for the 4th-5th October?

- Have a desire to want to learn more?

Then consider applying for the Marie Clay Early Career Award to help you make it to this year's NZLA Conference.

Fill in our Waikato Literacy Association google form below - CLOSING DATE 23rd April

Marie Clay Experienced Teacher’s Conference Award

An opportunity to apply for the Marie Clay Experienced Teacher’s Conference award to attend this years NZLA conference.

- Have you taught for 7+ years?

- Are available to go to Havelock North for the 4th-5th October?

- Have a desire to want to learn more?

Then consider applying for the Marie Clay Experienced Teacher’s Conference award to help you make it to this years conference.

Follow the link below - CLOSING DATE - 29th April

NZLA Conference in Havelock North

Why not kickstart your October holidays with a bit of professional development in the sunny Hawks Bay (also renowned for its vineyards).

The conference programme will be released shortly but here's the inside word on which Keynote Speakers will be presenting:

Professor Russel Bishop, Dr Murray Gadd, Dr Alison Davis, Sir Ian Taylor, Sheena Cameron & Louise Dempsey.

Follow the link below for more information on our NZLA website:

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