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The Joy of Reading through Animation Fun and Funkiness!

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The Cube Wodonga

118 Hovell St

Wodonga, VIC 3690

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An interactive, fun presentation for early childhood educators.

Chris Collin will demonstrate his experience of having to let go of his own adult inhibitions as a children’s author/presenter; and how play-based learning around literacy can be adapted to suit any age from kindy, right through to upper primary level – and beyond! Discussion and questions are encouraged throughout the presentation.

Award-winning children's author Chris Collin will share his personal journey fostering the magic of literacy through fun and funkiness. Through this fun presentation, Chris will acknowledge the incredibly important role parents and early educators play in the fostering of reading and literacy in young children. The presentation will detail the fun ways the author presents his books, using voice animation, puppetry, singing, dance/movement and drawing, using a combination of art and puppetry together.
Chris will share his experience of stepping right out of his comfort zone, to make reading fun; encouraging children and adults alike, to 'read for the joy of reading!'

An interactive activity will form part of the presentation – details to be provided on the night!

Chris will also share his ‘light bulb’ moment when he overcame his own fears in reading to young audiences; realising he won’t be judged and in turn rediscovering his own inner-child. In Chris’ experience, engagement is the key. Children may be non-judgemental, but they are also very honest. If what is being presented to them is not interesting and engaging, their interest can be lost in a very short space of time. Unlike we adults who will just try to grin, nod our heads and bear it, kids will bluntly let us know by wriggling, talking, facing backwards, nose-picking or worse!

The more animated and joyful the adult is when reading, the more engaging the learning experience can become. It’s very simple – ANIMATION = INTERESTING!

The presentation will culminate with more audience participation, where eight brave ‘over-actors’ will be invited to join Chris in stepping out of their own comfort zone, and ‘act out’ one of Chris’ stories; becoming their own book character, with costumes and voice animation. Our brave actors (and entire audience!) may even be invited to sing and dance to one of the songs!

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