Story time in Bahrain

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Favourite colours, stomping like dinosaurs, buzzing around like insects and tickling are just a few of the things they get up to at Amy’s special weekly sessions for kids where youngsters are actively engaged in stories, poems, rhymes, songs and crafts focused on a theme.

There is nothing more valuable than nurturing a love of stories in children to encourage reading, writing and self expression and nothing does this better than a good storyteller.

Amy Barr Al-Otaibi, owner of ‘Once Upon A Story Time’, and licensed teacher, believes all children should be entitled to a high-quality education programme and at her classes, aimed at youngsters from birth to four years, parents are encouraged to attend to show their children they care about reading and that reading is very important.

There is also a weekly parent tip on how to encourage and promote reading in the home.

She explains that by reading stories to them at a young age, children should soon learn to love books and want to read independently.

And reading to them also stimulates creativity, even in a child playing with one of the weekly toys on the floor and not ‘looking’ at the book they are still picking up the vocabulary, word flow and speech patterns associated with the story as well as the beat, rhythm and words in the songs that all help support a child’s cognitive development.

Infants are welcome in the class for similar reasons; an infant is NEVER too young to be read to on a daily basis.

Reading to children excites their curiosity and leads them into further adventures in their own minds. However, keeping a small group of children interested while you read to them can be a massive challenge for even the most experienced professionals.

Using sound and song in story time, Amy shows how varied, accessible and fresh storytelling can be for young kids.
She runs regular classes at her home studio in Amwaj. For more details call 39 986 434 or email: onceuponastorytime@hotmail.com.

By Time Out Bahrain staff
Time Out Bahrain,

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