DEAR – all next week – making time for what we value

Celebrate our reading week starts next week – 8 – 12 February and every day everyone in our school will Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)

Next week all students and staff will stop everything else and read from 8.40 – 9 every morning. We will have guest readers coming to read to our Early Years classes during the week too.

There will be communal areas available for people to read together – these areas are: the library, the main foyer (we will try to provide mats to sit on), the grade 5 and 6 commons area, the reception area, the end of the lower primary corridor.

WHY are we doing this? The PLC group Culture of Independent Reading is exploring how we can build a school wide culture of independent reading. There are many articles and books we have been reading that show the benefits of allowing students to choose what they read and give them some time in the school day to read. “Regular reading not only boosts the likelihood of an individual’s academic and economic success — facts that are not especially surprising — but it also seems to awaken a person’s social and civic sense.” National Educators Association.

So next week we will be making time in our day to DEAR

“We make time for what we value, and if we value reading we must make time for it. ” Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer

Watch out for our twitter hashtag #iicsreads and instagram tag iicsfamily for photos and news throughout celebrate our reading week.

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