With the festive season well underway, Swindon Stories is getting into the Christmas spirit and is recording a live Christmas story time session with international storyteller, John Row. On Tuesday 15 December at 10:30, the Swindon Stories Facebook page will go live, and a celebration of the festive season will begin.
This Christmas story time session forms part of Hungry Little Minds, a chat, play and read campaign from the National Literacy Trust, funded by the Department of Education.
The story time session will be performed by international storytelling, John Row, who has performed on five continents and has become a favourite at festivals in the UK, including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport Convention’s Cropready.
The Hungry Little Minds campaign provides families of children under five with lots of simple and fun activities that can easily slot into their daily routines to build their child’s speech and language skills at home. The campaign aims to reach as many families as possible, ensuring that every child across the county is being given plenty of support at such a turbulent time.
Anish Harrison, Hub Manager for Swindon Stories, said:
“Stories are a powerful way to connect with each-other. They help promote a sense of belonging, shared meaning and comfort, as well as a way of promoting literacy to all. At Swindon Stories we feel that this message is more important than ever and we want to share that with our community.”
Lynn Turner, Project Coordinator for Hungry Little Minds in Swindon, said:
“Stories are such a fabulous way to help develop imagination and creativity alongside the promotion of language and literacy. In what has been such a difficult time for many, we hope that families can come together to share in a positive activity and enjoy some festive cheer!”
For more simple tips and activities that parents can do to support their children’s literacy at home, visit the national Hungry Little Minds website (https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/) or the National Literacy Trust’s Words for Life website (https://wordsforlife.org.uk/)