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Take the family on a story walk this summer

Beau, Henley and Hunter with their teacher Lisa from Harcourt Pre-School, doing a Story Walk at the new Harcourt Play Space.

Local children, families and carers are invited to share the wonder of reading together during the summer holidays and take a ‘story walk’.

Friday 18 December 2020

Local children, families and carers are invited to share the wonder of reading together during the summer holidays and take a ‘story walk’.

Story walks are children’s picture books located in the outdoors, and aim to get people reading together, spending more time in nature, and involved in physical activity.

Each story walk highlights a different children’s book, with pages extracted from the book, laminated, and placed on wooden stakes at distanced points along an existing path or trail.

Mount Alexander Shire Council and the Goldfields Library have partnered to create five different story walks within the Shire, located in Castlemaine, Campbells Creek, Chewton and Harcourt.

Families are encouraged to meander along one of the short story walk tracks and read a different story as they go.

Story walk books include The Thankyou Dish by local author Trace Balla, and Respect by Auntie Faye Muir, and are suitable for children up to 8 years of age.

Jess Saunders, Manager Castlemaine Library said the story walks were a fantastic opportunity for children and families to engage in ‘incidental literacy.’

“Reading and enjoying a story in the park or in the bush with your family is a different way to experience learning and literacy”, said Ms Saunders.

“It really encourages children and families to participate and engage deeply, to ask questions and develop a curiosity about the stories, about their environment and about the world.”

The story walk initiative supports a number of objectives of the Mount Alexander Early Years Plan 2018-2021, aiming to increase literacy levels and learning opportunities for children, and encouraging a whole of community approach to literacy and learning.

Story walk participants can go in the running to win a book pack of all five Story Walk books by finding the picture of an Australian animal hidden on each story walk.

Find the animal and its Dja Dja Wurrung name, and email it to castlemaine@ncgrl.vic.gov.au, along with a comment that explains what you liked about doing a story walk for a chance to win. about what you liked about doing a story walk for a chance to win.

The competition closes on 1 February 2021, with winners drawn at Castlemaine Library on 2 February 2021. Full details of the competition can be found on the Goldfields Libraries website at www.ncgrl.vic.gov.au/holidayprogram

To pick up a story walk map visit the Castlemaine Library, or download an electronic map via the library’s website at. www.ncgrl.vic.gov.au/holidayprogram.

Image: Beau, Henley and Hunter with their teacher Lisa from Harcourt Pre-School, doing a Story Walk at the new Harcourt Play Space.



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