|Santa loves this picture of him and Pete the Cat.|
Play, sing, talk, read and write/create every day!
Play, read, sing, write, talk are five things promoted throughout New Brunswick libraries and preschools as part of our province's ongoing support and celebration of children's and families' learning. We had fun doing all of these at our 15th annual Crescent Valley Community Tenant's Association Christmas party.
|"I am probably going to draw a mountain," he said.|
Then he did.
|More mark making.|
We brought our blankets and regular hoard of seasonal and ever-popular board and pictures books for the reading corner. This was also our "singing corner;" first, as directed by the individual children, and, later, when we paged through our copies of the Disney Christmas Sing-Along to find those important middle-verse lyrics during the party's group sing.
|The reading corner - snuggled beneath|
the window that looks out on a snowy field.
|David Shannon authored this year's most popular party read.|
|Disney's Christmas Sing-Along is a|
must have for our parties.
We set up our now traditional card- and decoration-making table and also invited children to draw and colour. As well, we reached back to our supper and a movie days and taped large sheets of blank paper on two of the walls for self-expression of all sorts. New this year was a Lego table (Duplo, actually) for extra creative play.
|Christmas flowers growing beneath a warm winter sun|
(even if it was snowing outside that day).
|Homemade cards are the best.|
We were pleased to provide 37 gift-wrapped and individually designated books for Santa to give out, and also to share some of these great photos with the proud parents and grandparents of the aspiring engineers.
|"We built a zoo."|
Next week, we get to attend the Christmas Adult Social provided by the CVCTA, where we will sing a few carols, play a game or two, talk to friends old and new, and maybe even do a bit or reading and writing - things also important for adult and life-long learning.
A big 'Thank You' to the Hillcrest Village Knitters who presented us with a check for $200 for the purchase of books for children under 16 in North End neighbourhoods.
|QLNB's Cheryl Brown and Beverly Lyons of Hillcrest Village Knitters|
Interested readers can find out more about some of the hows and whys of our part in this neighbourhood event by reading Community Literacy at Christmas (2016).
The Province of New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is using "Play, Sing, Talk, Read and Write/Create Every Day" messaging to support children's literacy development and early school success. This messaging dovetails wonderfully with our provincial public libraries "Every Child Ready to Read @ your Library" initiative. More information can be found on the Saint John Free Public Library's YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/