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Queensland Ballet visit boosts Early Years literacy

Kindergarten children at C&K West End have been exploring literacy through play, music and movement with a little help from Queensland Ballet.

Artistic Director Li Cunxin, along with professional ballet dancers, visited West End C&K to help children explore written stories in a different way.

Using the book dreamers by Ezekiel Kwaymullina and illustrated by Sally Morgan (Fremantle Press 2014), the children read and asked questions to spark their imaginations around the book’s descriptive words and colourful illustrations, before retelling the story using movement and dance.

Queensland Ballet Director of Strategy and Global Engagement Felicity Mandile said creative movement was a beautiful way to explore storytelling and enable young children to explore and interpret the world around them.

“It is a privilege to bring the magic of ballet into the classroom.” Ms Mandile said.

“We know that dance provides children with a unique way to develop literacy skills and allows them to express themselves and communicate ideas, emotions and stories well before they read and write.”

C&K West End Director Skye Goldney said the centre was passionate about connecting with the wider community and working with Queensland Ballet provided a perfect opportunity to do this.

“At C&K West End the children develop burgeoning literacy and communications skills with daily music and movements literacy sessions, drawing, writing and painting, role-play and open-ended play all which allow them to connect with the world around them.” she said.

“We very much enjoyed working with Queensland Ballet and benefited immensely from Li Cunxin’s passion for storytelling."

“Our children also loved learning about the grace and composure of the ballet dancers and how they can use movement and their own bodies to create and tell stories.”

The visit was part of Queensland Ballet’s ongoing support for the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

This year 388 Early Years Centres across Queensland took part in the Premier’s Reading Challenge and celebration weeks for all participants are taking place during November.

For more information visit the Premier's Reading Challenge website.

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Last updated
21 January 2019