One thing that is a highlight for any school in the US or even the international schools that my kids went to in the Netherlands or Panama is “Reading Week.” So when talking with the staff of the girls new school they asked us new parents for suggestions of what we were looking for in a school. I mentioned in previous schools that my other kids attended that “Reading Week” was always a highlight. So I printed a timeline of what we did at one of the school where I was the PTA president because we sponsored the event.
Well long story short, when you give an idea like this to a group of people that has never heard of this before that means you are going to one of the key organizers! So over the last 6 weeks we have had lots of meetings, lots of phone calls and lots of emails going back and forth with people to get this organized.
Well last week it all came together and perfectly, I think! I cannot believe how much trust the Headmistress gave me and the one teacher who was my co-partner in crime in this week. She let us totally run with this!
Monday we had a few players from the men’s professional volleyball team come and read a book to 2 different classrooms each. Some of them really got into it and wanted to keep reading!
Time to read to the 3rd grade class.
Throughout the week we did a “Guess the book” quote. We put a new one up each day and the kids with the most correct at the end of week got a little prize.
Tuesday we read the same book called “Locomotive” to the kids in 5 different langues by the parents of kids in the school. Here an American mom quickly practicing the book as she was reading it in Polish, a Polish mom read it in English. We also have a family from Columbia so the mom read it in Spanish, we have Italian family so the dad read it in Italian and lastly another parent speaks German.
And Tuesday was pajama day too. This was a strange concept to the Polish parents but by the looks of it the kids really got into it!
Wednesday we did a scrabble type game. We gave them a word either in Polish or English and then they had to see how many words they could come up with out of the original word in 3 minutes in what ever language the word was. They teach in both English and Polish at this school so it worked perfectly!
Here is a class organizing their letters before the game started.
Yes some Polish words are even longer than this. I was no help to them when it was time for Polish words.
Guess which 3rd grade class won?
They won by 1 word!
Also during the week we did a book swap. The kids brought books from home that they no longer wanted then they could trade them for another book.
Thursday we started the day with guest readers again. Here a city guard is reading to a class. We also had a lawyer, paramedic and an actor.
Here a mom was reading to another class.
Unfortunately or fortunately depending on how you want to look at it, one of the readers backed out last minute so I quickly called my church missionaries to have them read to the kids for me. These 2 guys really got into it and did a perfect job!
Time to go through the quote entries and see who are winners are! These 2 ladies where also my partners in crime that week with this event. The gentleman is the new Headmaster at the school who oversees the international kids at the school. He totally went head first into this week. I saw the wheels turning in his head already for next years “Reading Week.”
Time for the end of the “Reading Week” ceremony. We had the kids dress up as their favorite book character, movie character as not everyone celebrates Halloween so this way everyone could be involved.
Do you think the kids got into this?
On Monday we also had each classroom write the same Mad Lib story. Then on Thursday we had each room read them out loud to the entire school. Here “E” is reading her classroom’s version. This was a hoot to see how different each of the stories turned out.
Every kid got a certificate of participation and a special bookmaker.
Also during the week we had to the kids do a no electronics pledge to get them to read more books during this week. Guess which girl read the most books that week? “E” did! She here is enjoying here prizes.
We did a pumpkin carving contest too. We defiantly have some creative kids and/or parents in this school!
The headmistress was getting into the character parade too!
Here I am with “E’s” class. What a great way to end the week!
I had an absolute ball doing all of this during “Reading Week” at the school!
Now for those of you wondering how the girls are adapting to their new school, “E” can have a normal conversation in Polish with just about anyone now but we are still working on the reading and writing in Polish and “A” well she still has away to go but it doesn’t help she has 2 other US friends in her class so they speak a lot of English together and the other kids like to speak English to her as they are learning English in the classroom too.
What is your favorite book? Me, I still remember to this day reading the Boxcar Children series!