Children encouraged to inculcate the habit of reading
Reading is to mind what exercise is to body. Yet there are many Indian children who are not able to read appropriately as per their age. In light of the growing need to inculcate the golden habit of reading amongst kids, Sesame Street Preschool at Wakad, Pune is celebrating Book Week from 17th to 21st August. As part of the week long celebrations, teachers will fill the book racks with various children literature books including short stories, books on academic themes like numeracy, language as well as non-academic themes like emotions, environment, social skills and illustration books. Children can pick the book of their choice and spend quality time reading and exploring the characters in the books.
Story telling sessions will also be organized where parents and grandparents will narrate stories and recite poems to the kids. One special day will also be dedicated to mend the torn books and/or clean them to stack it in order in the library. In this way, kids will be encouraged to respect and take care of books. A fun filled trip to a book shop and library is also scheduled for the kids during this exciting Book Week. To mark the finale of the Book Week children will review and talk about the book they liked the most.
Ms. Mona Singh, Vice President, Sesame Schoolhouse, shares, “In today’s educational setting nothing is more important to academic achievement than being a good reader. To facilitate the love of books amongst kids, we at Sesame Street Preschools every year conduct a week-long celebration of books and reading. Book Week is organised to ensure that kids are exposed to various children literature and develop a healthy habit of reading. We hope that this year too the Book Week would be a hit and will encourage kids to find knowledge and magic unfolding in the pages of a good book.”
Research has proven that reading not only helps in academics but also helps in grooming the child’s personality, increasing knowledge and fostering skill development. Reading also makes a great hobby that enriches life in ways more than one. Reading is, in fact, vital in shaping the youth of tomorrow.
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About Sesame Street Preschool
Sesame Street Preschool is a venture of Sesame Schoolhouse, the latest educational initiative from Sesame Workshop, one of the largest non-profit informal educational organisations in the world who also produce the world acclaimed children’s educational television show, Sesame Street. Sesame Workshop is present in over a 150 countries and produces educational content across television, radio, mobile, tablets and print. Sesame Workshop has been present in India since 2006, through its television show, Galli Galli Sim Sim.
In our complex and rapidly changing world, young learners need an energetic head start to succeed. That’s what Sesame Street Preschool is all about. We are setting a new standard for early childhood education through our unique preschool and afterschool programmes. It is a learning experience like no other, brought to life by the fun and furry characters of Sesame Street and its Indian adaptation Galli Galli Sim Sim, India’s first educational programme just for children. Our unique brand of age-appropriate education puts kids at the centre of everything, from playful project-based activities to an environment made for rampant imagination. And the results are dramatic: children who attend are better-rounded, better adjusted, and more confident. In short, they’re better equipped for school and for life.
Our Preschool and Afterschool programmes are developed by the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street and based on over 45 years of insight into how children learn best. Sesame Schoolhouse is the latest milestone in Sesame Street’s mission: to empower children everywhere to reach their highest potential.
About Sesame Workshop in India
Sesame Workshop in India, the organization behind Galli Galli Sim Sim, uses the power of media to help children reach their highest potential. Our content aims to facilitate young Indian children’s basic academic and life skills, while celebrating India’s rich cultural diversity, in order to promote their overall cognitive, socio-emotional and physical development. Galli Galli Sim Sim, Sesame Workshop’s flagship television series, has been watched by over 100 million children since its debut in 20061 and its educational messages have been extended through community radio stations, extensive community outreach, and applications on new and emerging media. Recently we have entered the school education space through the launch of Sesame Schoolhouse whose curriculum and methodology integrates hands-on project-based learning, with creative approaches to foster critical thinking and problem solving, laying a strong foundation to promote lifelong learning.
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