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It makes all the difference when you develop a product alongside the people who will be using it. This Lagos primary school took pity on a Word document story I'd typed about weddings and days of the week last summer, and let me share it with the then Year 2s. We broke into teams, we drew the pictures (because there weren't any at that stage), we learned new vocabulary, tested our phonics, and stole points from others teams by listening better than them (ha ha ha!). Having taken the feedback of my six year old stakeholders on board, I returned with the published book to present it to Estaport Primary School in Lagos one November morning in assembly. (Yes, we're rocking short sleeves in November.)

Presenting the finished copy of The Wedding Week to Estaport Primary School, Lagos

They were overjoyed to see their school's name printed in the acknowledgements, just as I am overjoyed that they enjoyed reading it.

Joy all around as author Chimaechi Allan presents the finished copy of The Wedding Week to Proprietress Biola Awote, Estaport Schools

And because there are always new six year olds, the new Year 2 wanted to read The Wedding Week too. (The team in the front of class clearly know their stuff.)

The Wedding Week workshop with Year 2 in Lagos

Thank you, Estaport!

Coming soon: The Teacher's Guide to The Wedding Week: lesson plans and ideas you can use for art, literacy, social studies and RE across Year 1 to 6.

Written by Chimaechi Ochei — December 10, 2015

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