Book Week (7 May – 12 May)
We are pleased to be celebrating Book Week next week. Book Week is our traditional run up to our eagerly awaited Book Fair, for which Kingsmead is well-known. However, Book Fair is more than an exciting event on our calendar at Kingsmead. Book Fair represents a core philosophical academic principle that we hold integral to our teaching.
Next week, we hope that you take some time to keep an eye on our social media. Here, we will be sharing some of our research on reading, and why we believe that learning to read is something to be encouraged throughout our school, right into adolescence. Paris (2005: 184) states “learning to read is one of the greatest accomplishment in childhood because it is the foundation for learning and academic achievement”. Neurologically, scholastically, culturally and academically, we believe that teaching reading cannot be limited to foundation phase grades, and that in order to prepare our girls for the world outside of Kingsmead, we must actively build a culture of reading throughout our school.
That is why we have chosen to spend the upcoming week immersing our girls in the wonder of reading through the Travelling Book Shop, DEAR, our exciting book character dress up day, our reading breakfast and many other fun reading activities. We hope that through this wonder-filled week, our girls enter into many adventures, discover some new fun facts to share, and wander in their own limitless imaginations for a while. We can’t wait!
If you feel like you are missing out, don’t despair, we will see you at our Book Fair on Saturday 12 May, to stock up on your own books, so that while the leaves turn all shades of Autumn, you can tuck up with a cup of tea and a bit of imagination. See you there!
Dr Marisa Di Terlizzi