One such teacher is Leah Kreutzer, a kindergarten teacher at Pat Hardy Primary School.
“This year with everything going on, we are trying to do more things outside,” she said.
So she created a story walk. She photocopied pages of the book “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves,”, laminated them, posted them on wooden stakes and put them up around Poplar Park.
“I thought it would be a fun way to get them reading and moving,” she said.
The idea has gone over better than Kreutzer thought it would. Even her kindergarten students who can’t read, enjoyed walking through the park and taking the story in.
“It was like they were on a treasure hunt. They liked it more than I thought they would to be honest,” she said, adding she found the idea online.
With the close proximity of the park, many of the other classes have been enjoying the story walk.
“We use that park a lot,” said Kreutzer. “It’s a hidden gem that a lot of people don’t know about.”
Kreutzer wasn’t sure if the story signs would stand up to the weather or the community but said as long as it is in good shape, she will leave them there for the community to enjoy.
A teacher for 10 years, Kreutzer said the pandemic has been challenging teachers to think of different ways to teach children. She said the story walk was extra work but was worth it.
“I think a lot of the ideas will continue into the future,” she said.
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