We are celebrating Literacy Week, and parents are volunteering to read to the children throughout the week. Even though we are going to read a variety of books and embrace all authors, we are uniquely celebrating Brian Won, the author, and illustrator of the children’s favorite book, Hooray for Hats. All the children are going to be wearing and sharing unique hats throughout the week.
The more young children are read to, the higher their interest in mastering reading. Reading out loud exposes children to letters, words, proper grammar and phrasing. It enhances the development of their spoken language and literacy skills. As they listen they gradually absorb the information they hear. Their imagination, creativity, and cognitive development are integrated into the learning process.
Allowing children to pick the books they are interested in and turn the pages themselves keeps them active and engage in learning. Reading out loud also teaches children to listen. Children develop literacy skills and an awareness of language long before they can read. Language development is fundamental in all aspects of learning. By reading aloud to young children, we can help them acquire the skills they will need to be ready for school.
Books that were read:
- Hooray for Hats
- Hooray for Books
- Hooray for Friends
- Pete's a Pizza
- From Head to Toe
- Giraffes Can't Dance
- I Can Handle It! (I think it's going to be one of our favorites)
- Purple Crayon
- There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed some Books
- Mi Colores/ My Crayons
- Where the Wild Things Are and many more...................
- Good Morning Song
- There are Seven Days in a Week
- What's the Weather
- 5 Little Speckled Frogs
- Mr. Muffin Man
- 5 Little Ducks Went Out One Day
- Where is Blue?
- Where is Thumbkin?
- Mr. Sun
- Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and many more.......
The highlights of the Week:
- Painting Wooden Alphabet Letters
- Mirror Painting
- Exploring white tempera paint on black paper, and cotton balls (Creating snowballs)
- Painting on butcher paper
- Painting on canvas
- Model Magic
All the children are enjoying the different books that our special readers are reading. It is always rewarding to have our parents read to the children in their classroom.