The American Center for Public Education states, “Reading is the Open Sesame for acquiring knowledge: learn to read, and you can read to learn just about anything.” Children begin the process of learning to read long before entering school as they acquire vocabulary and background knowledge. But when they enter school, it is not long before they can and must use reading skills and strategies to learn all about the world around them in every subject and content area. People of all ages who read fluently are more likely to read independently, and the benefits of reading independently extend far beyond academic success.
During the month of March we hosted a variety of activities that encourage reading both in the classroom and at home. On Friday, March 5 the Joy International Primary School conducted their first Reading Awareness Friday. On this Friday, our students learned about the American Author Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss is an author whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel. He wrote and released an amazing 46 books for kids! His books contain bright, fun pictures, whimsical themes, silly rhymes, and made-up words. Here are a few of his books that I’m sure you’ll recognize. A few of these books have even been made into movies!
After our friends learned about who Dr. Seuss was, they read the story “Green Eggs and Ham” in English and/or Chinese. This book is a silly book about eating green eggs and ham. After reading the book, each classroom had a task: Find the 8 green eggs hiding outside! This activity used our 5Cs collaboration and critical thinking because the students needed to collaborate together and think of new places and positions the eggs could be. They collaborated together in their class units to find the eggs! All of the classrooms were successful in finding the eggs across the Joy Campus.
The second Reading Awareness Friday took place on March 12. On this day the students used their creativity to create an origami book mark. These book marks used several steps that the students followed. Then the students added a face to make it an animal!
All throughout the month of March the students were also given a task to read as many books as they could at home. After they read books they were to record the books that they read. Our students participated in a friendly competition; what grade level can read the most books? At the end of the month the book lists were taken and tallied. Grade One read the most with a grand total of 190 books!
The students in Grade One got to celebrate their success, hard work, and determination in reading with a Pizza Party. The students created their own pizza starting with rolling out the dough, adding the sauce, the vegetables, the meat, and the cheese, before baking the pizza.
Our students were reading more and also having fun participating in reading themed events. They build 5C Skills through using creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. What a fun Reading Awareness month!