Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
Wednesday morning’s Celebration of Literacy was a phenomenal success! It started with parents reading their favourite children’s book to rotating groups of students. The smiles on the faces of children seeing their parents and their friends’ parents reading treasured stories were a joy to behold. One parent asked about the value of reading picture books to older children. Shouldn't they be reading chapter books as they move into upper elementary? This question is common amongst parents of elementary students who want to be sure their child is making progress and not becoming "stuck" in books that might not challenge them. While it might seem that picture books do not continue to challenge developing readers, this is not so. Many teachers use picture books to teach various aspects of language and literacy. I have attached some links below to help shed some light on why picture books should always have a place in one's reading.
Following the parents' story reading, students returned to classes to showcase their own literacy achievement by reading aloud selections from books and sharing their own writing. Elementary students were thrilled and gratified to have the attention of parents, other educators, and older students as they shared their work. Older students were responsive and showed great interest in their younger counterparts. I have attached a story by Gr. 6 student Lewis and hope to feature student's work on my blog regularly. Following the sharing of reading and writing, we reconvened in the Performance Space for a dramatic reading of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree by three of Daniela’s drama students. Thank you to everyone for making this such a special occasion! I encourage you to visit our new website regularly.
As we head into Spring Break, I wish all of you a restful and fun break from our daily routines. I look forward to seeing everyone on April 1st!
Literacy, Familes and Learning: Why older readers should read picture books Many parents move their children on from picture books very quickly, encouraging their children to read chapter books almost as soon as they become proficient and fluent in reading. Read more here.
Pernille Ripp: Using Picture Books in the Middle School Classroom There is no "too old" for picture books.