Term 3 has focused on reading for pleasure and the enjoyment of books. Students are immersed in DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) during library sessions. The literacy focus culminated in Shearwater’s Book Week during Week 7. Primary students enjoyed dressing up as a favourite book character and listening to visiting author, Zanni Louise.
“I like Zanni Louise because she is funny and explains all of her books. She inspires people. I liked the act!”
“Zanni Louise was very creative with her activities, and it was fun. The characters were very interesting and our stories really fun to write.”
“I like Zanni Louise because she talked to us (she didn’t just speak) and she has put a picture in my head for when I’m older that I might be a book author!”
One other fun activity included The Great Book Swap which raised funds for The Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Money from our Spring Festival book stall also went toward this very worthwhile literacy organisation. This year $420 was raised! Thank you to our students and the Shearwater community for their support.
Another activity promoting shared reading this term was Read Across the Years. Primary classes had special guest readers from different areas of the School visit to read a picture book. The Primary and Year 7 students particularly enjoyed buddy reading to Preschool classes who visited the library for Book Week.
Research shows that reading for pleasure and shared reading has educational benefits for academic performance and personal development, as well as:
- reading attainment and writing ability
- text comprehension and grammar
- breadth of vocabulary
- positive reading attitudes
- self-confidence as a reader
- pleasure in reading in later life
- building general knowledge
- understanding of other cultures
- community participation
- developing social and oral skills
- insight into human nature, building empathy and decision-making
Whether at home or school, conversations about books, shared reading and connecting everyday experiences are valued activities (Melor,M., Reading for pleasure and literacy achievement).
*Reminder for our younger readers in Years 2 to 4 to please bring a waterproof library bag each week for borrowing.