Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Promotes Reading
Students at Voorhis Elementary School in the Mountain View School District took a reading adventure on the Zig Zag Sea as Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre presented the play Jay and E and the Zig Zag Sea. The students were captivated by the humorous performance which followed the adventures of a boy named Jay whose biggest fear is reading.
As part of Kaiser’s Literacy Promotion Program, the educational theatre is designed to inspire and encourage students to read. The key concepts for the program are to tackle new words one sound at a time, listen and respond appropriately to verbal instructions and that reading is fun and an important skill to build.
The kindergarten through third grade students engaged in the interactive play and helped Jay sound out words on his journey across the Zig Zag Sea as he realized he shouldn’t be afraid to read.
In addition to the musical play, the performers presented a Bookshare in the classrooms, sharing a book and activity to encourage students to read and explore new words at school and at home.
“This program is absolutely fantastic!” said Carolina Galaviz, Voorhis principal. “The performers are great and the entire program really motivates our students to read. We appreciate Kaiser’s educational outreach which is so beneficial to students and schools.”
At the conclusion of the Bookshare, the actor/educators presented each student with a new book. The kindergartners and first graders were excited to receive “Duck on a Bike” and the second and third graders were happy to get “The Magic School Bus – Sunset of the Sabor Tooth.”
Georgina Gonzalez, second grade teacher, was greatly impressed with the Educational Theatre presentation and appreciated the great inspiration it provided for reading.
“This was awesome!” She said. “The interaction with the students and having them read words and sentences were great. I know my students will talk about this for a long time.”
As the final part of the Literacy Promotion Program, a parent workshop, titled “World of Words” will be held where facilitators will provide updated facts on how literacy impacts children’s health and well-being. They will also lead a discussion of how families can easily and inexpensively incorporate a print rich environment into everyday life and make a huge, positive impact on their child’s reading skills.