Helping to inspire kids to pick up more books

Eden Learning Spaces managing director Mark Dolder and Benton Dene Primary School teacher Paul Danecki at Seven Stories with Benton Dene Primary School children.
Eden Learning Spaces managing director Mark Dolder and Benton Dene Primary School teacher Paul Danecki at Seven Stories with Benton Dene Primary School children.
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Children are being encouraged to develop a love of reading, thanks to a Cramlington company.

Educational furnishings supplier Eden Learning Spaces has joined national children’s centre for books Seven Stories, in Newcastle, in a bid to inspire children with Reading for Pleasure.

The two educational organisations hosted an event with book-inspired learning activities, including interactive story time on bean bags, drama games, group artwork and a tour of Seven Stories’ Gruffalo exhibition.

Year Two children from Benton Dene Primary School, in Forest Hall, were invited along to take part in the monster-themed activities.

The bespoke event marked the launch of the Reading for Pleasure learning resource – a free downloadable activity guide created by Eden Learning Spaces.

Managing director Mark Dolder said: “We found that reading becomes much more of a desirable activity when you create an inspirational yet relaxed environment.

“This helps to engage children in learning and encourages creative responses – making tasks such as reading a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

“This event has been all about celebrating books, and hopefully the fun had today will inspire others to want to explore books with great enthusiasm.”

Top tips from learning professionals at Seven Stories are included in the learning resource, along with a variety of creative ideas taken from a social media discussion with educational professionals.

The ‘monster’ theme is reflected in the designs in order to help inspire boys in particular – often found to be disinterested with books.

Benton Dene Primary School teacher Paul Danecki said: “It’s vital that every child finds their own personal connection with books in order for them to want to read outside of school and throughout adulthood.

“Activities such as those explored today allow children who struggle with reading, or who are reluctant readers, to access the joy of stories – as the words and illustrations come to life in a stimulating way.”

Seven Stories marketing and digital coordinator Lauren Regan-Ingram said: “We always try to take children on a journey through books right from how stories are created, through to engaging the children in their creative responses to stories.

“Our learning services and projects reflect our commitment to introducing and inspiring children, young people and grown-ups from different backgrounds to the power of children’s literature.”

Full details about the event, activities and the free ‘Reading for Pleasure’ learning resource are at www.EdenLearningSpaces.co.uk