This year’s Book Week theme is Connect to Reading—Reading to Connect. Developing good literacy skills is all about practicing authentic and enjoyable experiences with reading and writing. This is why the book week activities are such an important part of our celebration and we encourage everyone to take part in the event in some way—at home and at school. The children will be doing many reading and literacy related special events in the classrooms.
It’s a good time to do a self audit of the reading practices in your home;
- Do you read with your child/ren every day? This can be reading aloud to your child or your child reading to you.
- Are independent readers (older children) reading at home every day?
- Are you role modelling reading habits for your family? Children need to see you reading for pleasure too. Eg. Set aside reading time for the whole family on the weekend or some other convenient time during the week.
- When did you last visit your local library?
Here are just a few of the activities we have planned at the school this week:
- Morning book readings in the courtyard from 8:15am Monday-Friday
- Author Frances Watts visits Monday, 18/8
- Pre-primary visit to the library on Wednesday 20/8
- Secondhand book fair on Thursday 21/8
- Book readings across the classes by older children to younger children
- Discovering the newest books in the library
- Exploring literacy themes for primary children
- Creative art projects tied into book readings
- Cycle 2 & 3 presentations for parents, Friday 22/8, 2-3pm
We're looking forward to lots of wonderful literacy experiences this week as we work to foster a love of reading in all the children.
For more information on Book Week visit The Children's Book Council of Australia http://cbca.org.au/bookweek.htm