Heritage StoryWalk Debuts for Families

Heritage Debuts StoryWalksⓇ for In-Person and VLO Families
Posted on 12/01/2020
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graphic with a rainbowWhat can in-person and virtual learning students do to experience the same thing?

This is the question that Heritage Early Childhood School Assistant Principal Natalie Jimenez asked herself. The answer? StoryWalks.

Set to begin on Dec. 2, students are invited to take a walk with their parents on the grounds of the school, all while reading a book. “I’m a huge early literacy proponent,” explained Jimenez. “I think it’s a huge value to have kids reading books with their parents.” 

Jimenez learned about the program through Twitter and her previous school district near Chicago. During a StoryWalk, pages of a storybook are displayed along a path. Parents can read the story with their children as they take a walk. At the end of the walk, an activity is often included for families to complete together. 

Created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, the StoryWalk concept was further developed with the help of Rachel Senechal from the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. There are over 300 public libraries in the United States and Canada that participate in StoryWalks.

Heritage families will be able to read Never Let a Unicorn Scribble by Diane Alber, a story about a little girl who believes people don’t understand how beautiful scribbling can be. At the end of a walk, families can scan a QR code to complete an activity together on SeeSaw.

Jimenez hopes to make this a regular event for Heritage families throughout the year, including students voting for future books. “This is another way to connect our VLO and in-person learners because they will have the same experience.”