8 September International Literacy Day

If you can read this, thank a teacher.  (Graffiti)

For some of you at the start of the school year, celebrating International Literacy Day might be a good way of drawing your pupils’ and their parents’ attention to the importance of reading and literacy.

Check out the following websites for some great ideas.


& the Story Share blog


http://www.starfall.com/ – an excellent website with great activities for children to have fun whilst learning to read.

I love this song from: http://www.preschooleducation.com/sstorytime.shtml

Sung to: “If you’re happy if you know it”

You can find in a book, if you look. (clap, clap)
You can find it in a book, if you look, (clap, clap)
You’ll find stories that are fun.
You can learn about the sun.
You can find it in a book, if you look.
(clap, clap)

If you want to read more about the importance of reading, have a look at 

Krashen, S. D, (2004), The Power of Reading, Heinemann

And remember what one very brilliant man said:

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.

 If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

(Albert Einstein)

For more activities about teaching non-native speaker children to read and write in English, have a look at Writing with children.


Amazon says Writing with children:

“Offers guidance on introducing and developing writing skills with young learners. Teaches the Roman alphabet, letter shapes and names, and word recognition. Provides a framework for developing writing skills at word, sentence, and text level. Encourages the idea that words can be used creatively and that writing can be fun. Provides opportunities for children to practise a wide range of writing skills.”


I click on The Literacy Site everyday. It costs nothing and their sponsors give money to provide children in need with books.  http://www.theliteracysite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=6


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