"Drop Everything and Read!" Students Engage in Literary Learning
The proven benefits of reading are numerous and long-lasting, so YCIS Shanghai organises ‘Book Week’ events annually to encourage a love of books and reading among students. During the recent 2020 Book Weeks, Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Primary students, on both sides of the river, enjoyed a variety of exciting literary-related events, presentations, and activities.
During ‘DEAR’ Day (Drop Everything and Read), children had the chance to take a break from their usual classroom activities, gathering to listen to and read some great stories and books, all while wearing their pyjamas and comfiest clothes.
Students enthusiastically presented their favourite books, graphic novels, picture books, or magazines to their peers and teachers, displaying their reading passion and at the same time developing oral skills.
Visualisation is a crucial reading strategy in helping children understand what they read, so students were also allowed to explore mindful drawing. During the Book Weeks, teachers and parents (via video recordings) read to the children, who were drawing what they were visualising from listening to the stories. Teachers then displayed the best works on classroom doors.
Professional children’s book authors – including Amy Guglielmo, Laurie Ann Thompson, and Annette Bay Pimentel – also spoke to the students and parents via video calls, captivating them with their interactive stories. Another highlight of the week was the combined online assemblies bringing together children from our schools in Pudong and Puxi.
As per school tradition, on the last day of each week, children embodied the fun and joy of reading, parading through school wearing costumes representing their favourite book characters.
Generating interest in and lighting a passion for reading from a young age helps to develop a strong foundation for a child’s future learning. This sparking of literary intrigue happens every day at YCIS Shanghai, and Book Weeks help to bolster this love of literature further.