Monday, 7 October 2013

First day back

A sunny first day back for the beginning of term 4. ( Photos below) We finished up the Premier's Reading Challenge today( photo below of the kids who participated)
The Premier's Reading Challenge was started by Premier Bracks. The current and past Premiers proudly support this important literacy initiative. The Challenge requires children from Foundation to high school to read a given number of selected books at their reading level to successfully achieve the reading challenge. Children have over 2 terms to reach the target. They or their teacher records their reading achievements on the Challenge website. I had five of my students reach their target. ( Hopefully more will take part next year? We have had a 100% involvement in the past.)
Last year over 220,000 Victorian students read more than 4 million books.
The Challenge is not just about reading in English. The Challenge is open to reading in any language. Students can read, or be read to, children’s stories in Arabic or Spanish, classic comedies in French, the Ramayana in Hindi, Chinese poetry and more.
Did you know that reading to young children every day has enormous benefits for their brain development, thinking skills and language? Young children who are read to regularly also do better at school according to a study conducted by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. ( I have put details about this data on this week's newsletter) Children who achieve the challenge get a certificate from the premier and as a special bonus here at Glen Park, I will take those children into Ballarat next week to 'Ballarat Books' to select a book for the school library and one for themselves.
PS Thanks for the 8500 views.

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