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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Early reading lesson for pre-schoolers, infants

  • A good storyteller can find an enthusiastic audience among young children. Betsy Oldham is passionate about reading to children and is a gifted storyteller.
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  • A good storyteller can find an enthusiastic audience among young children.
    Betsy Oldham is passionate about reading to children and is a gifted storyteller.
    Every first and third Thursday of the month she leads Story Time for children up to age 5 at the Eldorado Memorial Library. This month’s calendar was altered a bit because of spring break last week. Story Time was held, Thursday, but it was the second Thursday of the month.
    A career teacher who retired after her fourth child, Oldham puts some spin on the stories with her vocal style and a bit of character acting. She holds the attention of these squirmy fans, their complete attention.
    Thursday was “hat day” and the kids showed up in hats as directed.
    Of course the kids are unconcerned with fashion and just wanted to have fun.
    As usual the girls were better behaved than the boys. But what the boys lacked in attention span and good behavior, they made up for in unbridled enthusiasm.
    When songs required clapping, they gave it their all.
    One book on Ms. Betsy’s list was “Mrs. Honey’s Hat.” Another was “Who Took The Farmer’s Hat.” After the reading session the children were directed to the craft room and made — what else? — paper hats. The children’s mothers are present for all of the activity and provide snacks.
    Oldham is known and knows her community.
    “I can give you the names of every kid you photographed,” she said. “I know this bunch.”

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