Each year, across Australia, The Children’s Book Council Australia (CBCA) brings children and books together celebrating Children’s Book Week. During this time, St Peters Lutheran celebrates Australian Children’s Literature with a week jam-packed with activities that promote reading and the theme for the year.
Book Week is always such a highlight at St Peters Lutheran. This year the theme is “Find your treasure!” What a fabulous theme to encourage us all to see books as treasures and to hunt for our next great read.
“An incredible story can feel like treasure when it speaks to you and understands the way you think and feel. But not every book is perfect for everyone. I put down just as many books as I finish, but I never give up the hunt for my next great read.” Tristan Banks, author.
Research shows that learning to read is one of the most important factors in school success and that an early exposure to books and stories substantially contributes to success in early literacy. There are strong links between literacy, school performance, self-esteem and life chances with poor literacy skills being linked with lower education, earnings, health and social outcomes (https://www.better-beginnings.com.au/research/research-about-literacy-and-reading).
Our Book Week began with a bang with our annual Book Week dress up day. Characters from many different literature genres were present as well as those who chose to dress with the theme in mind…lots of pirates and parrots!
Throughout the week we hunted high and low for great treasure, read in our classrooms with the comfort of our soft toys and pillows and enjoyed a movie day with films that were made from well known and loved stories.
What a great way to celebrate children and reading together!
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme places great emphasis on Reading. The transdisciplinary nature of the curriculum ensures that Reading is taught in context. The focus on Approaches to Learning (Communication Skills) makes certain that reading skills are taught explicitly. This two pronged approach gives our students the best chance of developing excellent reading skills from an early age and experience success as lifelong learners.