Listen up: Unique literacy project has kids listening to and providing illustrations for a Christmas story

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Alecia Rooney, a Grade 1 student from Belfast Consolidated School (Pinette, PEI), works on her illustration from the eighth and final part of The Christmas Wind Story

By Chris Gregory, THE GUARDIAN (published March 23, 2016) <<read original article here>>

Trudy White has been teaching for 17 years, but she has never experienced anything like the project she has been working on with her students.

White teaches a combined class of Grade 1 and 2 students at Belfast Consolidated School and over the last eight weeks, they have been a part of a national literacy project put on by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

The project has seen her students listening to a picture book called The Christmas Wind Story, written by Stephanie McLellan. The students listen to it in sections and put together drawings they think reflect the story.

<<SEE MORE about The Christmas Wind Story Project HERE>>

White says it has been fun watching the kids’ take on something different like this.

“It’s been a breath of fresh air. It’s really kept their attention, and they really look forward to it,” she said.

“They all have different ideas. It’s open-ended for them to imagine the story.”

She says the project has provided a different learning style for her students, and some have greatly benefited from it.

“I’ve seen their listening improve as well as the way they comprehend and interpret the story. It’s truly amazing,” she said.

“They’ve also been able to interact with (McLellan) as an author. They can ask her questions about the story or if they want to know more, they can go to her and she’s been great with them.”

McLellan says as tough as it is has been trying to stay in contact with 13 schools across the country, it’s been an experience she’ll never forget.

“I’m flying by the seat of my pants,” she said.

“It’s really time consuming, but it really is worth it. It’s a fascinating experience.”

For the kids, they’re getting a chance to interact with other kids across the country, and she says that’s an aspect the kids have come to love.

“It’s giving them the opportunity that maybe they wouldn’t have had otherwise,” she said. “It’s all about that connection. It’s a really valuable experience.”

See more about The Christmas Wind Story Project HERE

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