Helping children love reading is one of the most important things we can do. I am often asked what is the one thing that I can do to help my child in their learning and consistently throughout my teaching the answer hasn’t changed.
It is to read, read and read.
The most successful way to encourage children to love books and to love reading is to read to them. Making time to enjoy the adventures that are in books and explore the world through books is both timeless and ageless. Through reading our children can develop and extend their vocabulary, improve their spelling and writing skills and develop the ability to think both critically and creatively. A single activity that impacts on so many areas of our children’s development is incomparable.
One of the things we love each year here at Cedars is taking part in the event National Simultaneous Story Time. This event is organised by the Australian Library and Information Association. This simultaneous story time is planned to excite children about the enjoyment of reading books. It engages children in a national story time to develop within them the fun and love for books that comes from reading. This year The Australian Library Association will be celebrating 21 years of this national story time, by undertaking an amazing intergalactic, out of this world adventure.
On Wednesday the 19 May at 11.00am the book, ‘Give me some space!’ written and illustrated by Philip Bunting will be read by astronauts from the International Space Station. What a wonderful and exciting event for all children across Australia to look forward to.
Our students are particularly looking forward to and excited about coming together to be part of this ‘out of this world’ experience.
As the author Philip Bunting says … ‘The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the more you wonder. The more you wonder, the more wonderful life becomes.’