This is an exciting week because students have the opportunity to enjoy the yearly Scholastic book fair! Over the three days of the book fair, students have the opportunity to make a wish list, which they can share with parents, who can either send money in or attend the school to purchase the books. We offer an excellent selection of books and related items for all age groups, and even get students excited by having random book giveaways each day. Plus the proceeds help us earn books for the school library!
We love seeing students get excited to read! Experts tell us that reading is an important part of a child’s overall health and well-being. In fact, Canadian paediatricians suggest that children who do not learn to read well, may have problems later in life. According to an article posted by caringforkids.cps.ca, you can help your child to develop good reading skills in many ways. Here are just a few of the many suggestions outlined in the article Promoting reading in school-aged children:
- Make reading part of your routine every day. Even just a few minutes each day will make a difference. It is also a great way to create a special bond with your child. Plus, continue to read out loud to your child even when he or she can read alone. Experts also suggest that you read books that are a bit above your child’s reading level, as long as they are books that he or she can still understand and enjoy.
- Be a role model and let your children see you read. If he or she sees you and other family members reading books, newspapers and magazines, he or she will learn that reading is important, fun and valuable.
- Consider creating a special reading space in your home that is quiet and cozy. Keep books close to this area.
- Use rhymes, games and songs. Singing traditional songs and telling stories can all enhance your child’s learning opportunities. This can also be a great way to expose your child to other languages.
- Practice writing. Reading and writing go together. Children can practice their writing skills by making lists, keeping a journal, making a catalogue of their collections, or writing to friends, family, or favourite authors (many have websites with an address for fan mail).
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