Last week was Literacy Week and we had a ball celebrating here at ARS.
On Monday, we had a very special visitor! Our own Mayor, Mr. Kutteh came and read us a story. He read Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes and the kids had a ball singing along!
If you aren't familiar with Pete the Cat, check out this video! The stories are great because Pete always has a great attitude and makes the best out of every situation. And the children LOVE the songs! Be warned...they will stick in your head ALL day!
On Tuesday, we took some time in class for the children to draw a picture of their favorite book and share it with the class. Children brought in special books from home each day for D.E.A.R time and we got to enjoy them throughout the week. I loved getting to read some of my favorites with them during this time as well as sharing their favorites with our class. They each illustrated a picture of their favorite book and then shared with the class. I LOVE their drawings!!!
On Wednesday we took a tour of our school's brand new Renaissance Learning Center. This is a new room in our school where we have computers that we can use to do fun reading activities as well as lots of books that we can enjoy. One of our very own parents, Mrs. Rufty, read us great stories and showed us where we could find some of our favorites! She also showed us the awards that books can earn- Caldecott and Newberry. She explained that there are lots of good books that don't necessarily win, but that these are always a good choice! I got so excited later in the day when a student came up to me at quiet reading time and said "LOOK!!!" and pointed to the award on one of our favorite books.
On Thursday we had a VERY special visitor come to read to us! Ronald McDonald! He did lots of fun magic tricks and taught us how much fun a book can be when we read with feeling. The children had a blast learning about reading with Ronald. Not going to lie...so did the teachers!
On Friday, we had another special guest. Kaitlyn's grandmother came and shared one of her favorite stories with us. And she also shared another Pete the Cat favorite, Walking in My School Shoes.
She showed us how books can make us
On Friday, the children also got to dress up as their favorite book characters.
We had dinosaurs, princesses, superheros, ninjas, and even Jack and the Beanstalk! The children all looked fabulous and it was certainly a fun way to finish out our week of learning to love books!