What a great way to start the school year, celebrating literacy. International Literacy Day is Sept 8. This year the focus of the International Literacy Association's is the country of the Philippines.
Another focus is using the home to combat illiteracy. That is where all learning begins, so naturally so do literacy skills. Helping families to find time to read and listen to stories is a great way to encourage literacy in out communities. Partnering with the local library and schools is another way to help encourage reading time at home. This is when we all learn to love stories and books, and isn't that the foundation of literacy.
So what are some things that can happen in your schools. One of the schools I work in is celebrating Literacy Week. We are starting with some DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time. Having a dress like a book character day and parade, writing our autobiographies, and having buddy reading time when older students read with younger students. We are looking forward to a fun week of focusing on literacy. We have many of the tenants, reading, writing, speaking and listening.
So what are you going to do this year to celebrate and encourage literacy not just on International Literacy Day September 8, but all year long.
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