March is reading month
Did you know that March is National Reading Month? Schools across the nation promote this to encourage kids to read. In our school district, the buildings take reading month and make it really exciting by creating a theme and sticking to it by having dress-up days, assemblies and other activities that make reading exciting and enjoyable.
I am really excited that the elementary school that my kids go to, I work and volunteer in has taken the “Down on the Farm” theme to a whole new level. We have already had some fun things going on. The school had a kick-off assembly with all the teachers dressed as farmers. They have had a hayride if you read the required minutes to go, the classroom doors are all decorated in farm motif and each class chose a farm animal to represent them.
Week One is song week, Week Two is fictional stories, Week Three is poetry/reader’s theater and Week Four is non-fiction week. Students have a weekly reading goal to achieve and an award if they are successful in reaching that goal. There are guest storytellers, a farm-themed movie and a petting zoo – farm animals of course. “The idea is to come together through fun-themed activities and focus on the joys and rewards of reading” said Mr. Hall the North Pennfield Elementary Principal.
I am excited that our daily life on the farm is an inspiration and fun-filled school theme. I see all of my friends and coworkers “Down on the Farm” every day at school and its fun to have them and the kids experience what our family believes to be a wonderful life every day.