Vaega O Le Tino – Parts of the Body is a bilingual Poster designed to teach beginners the fundamental names of the body, in both English and Samoan.
Our Moabooks Posters are designed to reflect the lives of children living in Samoa, as well the aim is to share experiences with children in other cultures. These books are learning tools that were originally designed in support of the Teaching Bilingual Samoan programme at the MADD Gallery, as well as supporting the principles of Early Childhood and Primary Education in Samoa.
In kindergarten years, most children should have developed language skills and knowledge; knowing that print carries meanings, what written language looks like, sounds and symbols associations, and how a book works. Therefore learning bilingually at this age is much easier and simpler because beginning readers will have less than 100 words, basic high frequency words, short sentences, large fonts, and appropriate pictures.
The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to stories and books that are told and read to him prior starting school. (National Commission on Reading. Ferst Readers. 1985.) The greatest amount of brain growth occurs between birth and the age of 5. In fact by age 3, roughly 85% of the brain’s core structure is fused.(“Lifetime Effects: The High/Scope Perry Preschool Study Through age 40” Ypsilanti, MI: High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, 2005). Exposure to natural and accessible language at an early age is paramount for early childhood development and promotes cognitive and literacy development for the rest of the child’s life. However, in many countries children lack vital adult interactions such as parental support for reading in the home. According to a UNICEF survey in 76 countries with available MICS data, only 15 percent of children under age 5 have three or more children’s books at home ( A World Ready to Learn, UNICEF 2019).
By implementing these findings in our Samoan and English poster design, we strive to provide the best bilingual Samoan & English educational materials online.