“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go” - Dr. Seuss
On March 6-8 2017, our Magic Years community came together to celebrate Book Week - diving into the wonders of reading, the joys it incites and the capacities it strengthens. Throughout the week, we witnessed enthusiastic participation from students, teachers and parents as they brought to life the many stories from books we love.
Book Week began with our Parent Working Group performing a reenactment of the story from the book, Green Eggs & Ham. They did this energetically and with creativity, making great use of the space they had around the stage, engaging the crowd fully in the story and sharing with us wonderful lessons of risk-taking, courage and trying new things.
For Day 2, the Excellence Class (Kindergarten) worked with our Specialist Teachers to put up their rendition of the story, The Elves and the Shoemaker, which highlighted important lessons of generosity, kindness and hard work. The use of props for this performance was a wonderful addition that made real the story for everyone to experience!
For the last day of Book Week, our teachers and co-teachers collaborated for a final fun and exciting performance as they acted out the story, Stone Soup, ending the week’s events on a high and happy note.
Students, parents and teachers also had the opportunity to indulge in more quiet moments of reading time at a reading pavilion that was set up for Book Week. Here, many parents and teachers read aloud to children and children were also seen enjoying instances of reading on their own.
Reading aloud instils positive reading habits in children that they carry with them for the rest of their lives. In doing so, parents and teachers exemplify for children an enthusiasm and excitement for reading, motivating them to do the same themselves. It also improves fluency, expands vocabulary, enhances listening skills and serves as an opportunity for parents and children to strengthen the bonds of family as they engage in meaningful activity together.
As Book Week came to a close, we were reminded of the wonderful journeys books can take us on, inspiring imagination and creativity along with the many significant lessons good books can teach us. Thank you to our entire Magic Years community for making Book Week 2017 an eventful, fun and memorable time for all.