Ms. Leandra Lionel of the Anse La Raye Infant school took the initiative to host a virtual reading exposition showcasing students who created their own ‘Read Alouds’ at home. Many of the students recorded themselves reading with the help of their parents/caregivers. Ms. Lionel indicated that she normally gives the students reading assignments as part of their language instruction. However, for Reading Month, she compiled their ‘Read Alouds’ to broadcast their excellent reading skills.
Another interesting initiative came from Ms. Alvina Denis, Literacy Coordinator at the Saltibus RC Combined School. For Reading Month, Ms. Denis challenged her grade two students to discuss their thoughts and feelings about reading. Her students, with help from parents/caregivers, recorded themselves talking about how they feel about reading, and a beautiful compilation video was created displaying the students’ efforts.
Reflecting on the numerous activities and videos emanating from early grade students during Reading Month, Angel Caglin, Early Learners Programme (ELP) National Focal Point for Saint Lucia said,
“ I am pleased to see so many of our early grade children enjoying reading with a comfort level and confidence that we do not always see in the classroom. The activities have facilitated a level of independent learning amongst the young students that contributes to all areas of work. Teachers, parents/caregivers and students really went above and beyond for Saint Lucia’s Reading Month to engage in reading activities and to allow the students to really shine.”
About OECS/USAID ELP:
OECS/USAID Early Learners Programme is a Programme within the Education Development Management Unit of the OECS Commission and was established in March 2015 to improve the reading skills of children in the early primary grades with the goal of providing a foundation for improved learning outcomes and enhanced opportunities for students in the six (6) independent Member States of the OECS (Antigua and Barbuda, The Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines).
To date the ELP has achieved a number of tangible outputs with over 17,000 learners reached at the Primary level, over 1500 Grades K to 3 teachers supported through job embedded professional development, 1426 lessons observed and 1031 coaching sessions with teachers have been completed by ELP Coordinators. Further, 60 schools across the Member States have received development grants to support reading enhancement projects and 173,114 teaching and learning materials have been provided to 750 classrooms across the OECS. The OECS/USAID ELP will run through to September 2020 continuing to develop and implement impactful initiatives that advance early grade reading throughout the OECS.