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A Teacher’s Take on Marching Into Reading this March

Literacy is encouraged in the classroom, and at home year round. However, during the month of March we tend to “step up” our game a little more. For March is reading month this year I created a calendar for families. The calendar consists of daily activities that parents can do with their child at home. These activities are all literacy based, and revolve around daily routines at home (such as bedtime, dinner prep etc). These activities take little, to no materials needed. Both our in-person students, and our virtual students are able to participate with this initiative. Families are encouraged to send photos of their activities via our Kambu app, or email. Our main goal is to support families, and provide learning opportunities at home. Literacy isn’t just about reading a book at bedtime. The activities encouraged in the calendar will make children (and parents) aware of all the literacy that is all around them all throughout their day.

Teachers enjoy reading books to their students everyday, but having a guest come read is always a special treat. For March is reading month we will open our classroom doors for family members that would like to come read to our class. We are flexible with times, offering both morning/afternoon reading slots. We are also encouraging virtual guests! Families can sign up to read to our class virtually via ZOOM. Children would love nothing more than to see their family member on our class screen during book time.

We hope to wrap up our fun filled month with a “dress up” celebration. Children may dress the age of how many books they read this month. If they read 100 books, they can come dressed as a wise 100 yr old! If they read 20 books, they can dress like a cool young adult in their twenties…and so on.

Our main goal is to engage families, and make literacy fun and relatable to children. Many things have had to change due to COVID restrictions, but that doesn’t mean that learning needs to take a backseat! Guest Author: Mona Alaouie, Lead Great Start Readiness Program Teacher at Kreative Kids Learning Center in Inkster, MI