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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Joy Of Reading!

I've always loved reading as a child and would love to inculcate this love to as many children as possible. My home as well as the taska are full of books, and to see a child flipping through the pages always warms my heart.

I had half an hour to spare and I let my 6-year olds read and read to their heart's content. We have a big basket of books in the class and whenever they have time to spare, they can take a book or two to read. Of course, the books are changed constantly to avoid boredom.

Honestly, not all children love the books or can read very well, but once they see many of their friends doing so, they will join in the reading. Some chose to read in pairs, sharing and telling the story to each other, some preferred to read on his/her own. Most are confident to read aloud, and usually enjoy a book more after I've read or told them the story.

As an extension to reading quietly, I took the mic out and ask them to read in threes or fours. The objective is two-fold - to shorten the waiting period, but more importantly, the more confident readers can guide their friends along. Everyone took to the mic with ease and I love the expression as they tried to act out the storyline or mimic the characters, just like how Teacher Yvonne has taught them!

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